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Microsoft also got 34 schools/districts to adopt Windows 8

Microsoft has been trying to push Apple's iPad aside in favor of Surface tablets in schools, and now, the Windows giant is looking to take on Google when it comes to search for students. 

Microsoft made two pretty big announcements today that aim to bring Windows 8 and its search engine Bing into K-12 school districts around the U.S. 

Microsoft proudly revealed that 34 K-12 schools/school districts around the country have agreed to use the Windows 8 operating system. The schools are located in Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Florida, California, New York, Massachusetts and Maine.

To be more specific, 10 schools and 24 school districts are signing up to use Windows 8. 

Microsoft even boasted a quote from an official (Chris White) at the Somers Central School District in New York, who said iPads "could only take us so far" and "weren’t great in front of the classroom." Clearly, this district was part of the bunch that chose Windows 8. 

Microsoft's second school-related announcement is an initiative called "Bing for Schools." This allows K-12 schools to customize their Bing search engine so that it's a more appropriate experience for children. 

For instance, K-12 schools can remove advertisements from search results, add special learning features and enhance privacy controls. 

Schools can also choose to keep the traditional Bing experience, if they'd like. Either way, it's free for schools to participate. 

Google's search engine has a strong hold on the search market, and Microsoft is hoping Bing can steal a big piece of that pie. 

This isn't Microsoft's first attempt to steal users from Google. Back in February of this year, Microsoft attacked Gmail -- Google's email service -- with the "Scroogled" campaign, which advised the public not to use Gmail because Google scans each email that is sent and received for keywords that can help it target users with more accurate advertisements.

Just last week, Apple scored a $30 million contract from the L.A. Unified School District, which will deploy iPads to all students throughout 47 campuses. The L.A. Unified School District is paying $678 per iPad, which will come pre-loaded with educational software. The district also committed to spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Apple over the next two years, since they chose the company as their only tablet vendor. 

Microsoft obviously wasn't happy about this. Robyn Hines, senior director of state government affairs for Microsoft, said that using only one platform throughout the district would limit options, such as innovations/price cuts from other companies and students' ability to learn platforms they'd find in the workplace (such as Windows). 

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it was giving away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The idea was to spread RT adoption in schools by supplying teachers with the devices and even training them how to use it. Microsoft is also expected to announce its "Microsoft Surface for education limited time offer" this month, which will offer $199 Surface RTs (normally retails for $499) to schools and colleges interested in adopting the tablets. If the schools want a touch keyboard with their Surface RT, the total price is $249 (retail $599) and with a type keyboard, the cost is $289 (retail $629). 

Sources: Microsoft, Bing

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RE: Does anyone use Bing on a regular basis?
By talikarni on 6/24/2013 4:22:14 PM , Rating: 4
I've been trying Bing more often lately and it is the same issue, the first few seem to be related, but after that it is completely unrelated.
Right now I prefer since it uses Google search but strips any personally identifiable information (important with the gov't spying thats been going on the past few years on google, youtube, facistbook, etc)

RE: Does anyone use Bing on a regular basis?
By GulWestfale on 6/24/13, Rating: 0
By kleinma on 6/24/2013 7:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
You really call there being nothing critical of it in here?

By althaz on 6/24/2013 8:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
At least try out your lies before making shit up.

I just did as you suggested and Google had more positive things to say about the XBox One than Bing did - but Bing had more links to official XBox things (if you search for Gmail you'll see the same pattern of Bing having more google-related links than Google).

Bing is definitely not as good a search engine as Google is, but I would say it's DEFINITELY more trustworthy (has less negative trustworthiness at least), considering how Google has been behaving lately.

In general I find Google MUCH better at finding things out on the internet, but if I want to interact with an offline business, Bing normally gives me a better experience. For this reason I mostly use Bing (+Wikipedia search) on my phone and Google on my desktop or tablet.

At work I only use Google, as I find Bing quite useless for looking up things related to my work (I'm a developer).

TL;DR: Google is better at most things, but Bing is ok too (unlike a couple of years back when it was quite horrible).

By moirraine on 6/24/2013 7:50:36 PM , Rating: 2 SECONDED.

It's time to put google to rest and not allow MS to infiltrate and report all users to the government.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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