SANTA CLARA, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2002 — More than ever, today’s college students are realizing the benefits of their personal computers. With an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based PC loaded with the Microsoft® Windows®
XP Professional operating system, students can do far more with their PC than just type papers for class. Students are able to use their PC to communicate and collaborate with friends and family, enjoy and manage their personal music, videos and games, and browse the Internet. With over 40 colleges already requiring laptops* and over 50 percent of college campuses having wireless networks,** the personal computer has become an integral part of college students’ everyday life.
With so much technology available for today’s students, Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today kicked off the Find Your Power Tech Tour, an event designed to help nearly a half-million college students get a hands-on experience with technology to enhance their lives on and off campus.
The technology showcase will highlight how college students can enjoy the unprecedented power and benefits of PCs based on the Intel Pentium 4 processor and Windows XP Professional including the following:
An all-in-one instant messaging tool for students to keep in touch with friends and family across town or around the world using voice and video whenever and wherever they are online, including a competitive-edge collaboration tool that helps students coordinate documents among study groups
A central hub for experiencing digital media, which students can use to enjoy and manage music, movies, digital photos and online games or jazz up all kinds of documents, including class presentations, final reports and take-home exams
Simple, easy-and-quick connectivity to wireless networks, which makes going from the dorm room to the classroom a breeze
“The PC is an indispensable part of the college student’s life,”
said Ann Lewnes, vice president and director of the Intel Inside and Co-Marketing Group at Intel.
“Today’s students are PC- and Internet-savvy, and they’re among the most demanding computer users in the world. To them, the PC is an all-in-one study center, a digital jukebox, photo darkroom, DVD player and gaming arcade. The purpose of this tour is to give students the opportunity to experience the latest technology firsthand.”
“At Microsoft, we have always believed that one of the most important uses of technology is to assist education,”
said Rogers Weed, vice president for Windows at Microsoft.
“This tour will allow students to see firsthand how technology is capable of putting access to information at their fingertips and helping them communicate and have fun with their family and friends right from their PC at school.”
The technology showcase will also include interactive experience areas, including a mock digital dorm room, where students are invited to immerse themselves and test drive the technology. For many students, this will be their first experience with the latest Windows XP technologies such as Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Movie Maker and the next wave of digital media experiences with Windows Media Player 9 Series. At the end of the tour, students will have the chance to take it all home through a sweepstakes,*** offering as the grand prize a 2002 Mini Cooper, fully loaded with the latest high-tech equipment, including a Pioneer sound system.
The Find Your Power Tech Tour will make stops at campuses nationwide: Florida State University (Sept. 17), North Carolina State University (Sept. 20), University of Pittsburgh (Sept. 24), University of Connecticut (Sept. 27), Rutgers University (Sept. 30), Pennsylvania State University (Oct. 7), Ohio State University (Oct. 10), Michigan State University (Oct. 14), University of Michigan (Oct. 16), Indiana University at the homecoming game against University of Iowa (Oct. 19), Purdue University (Oct. 21), University of Idaho (Oct. 28), Washington State University (Oct. 30), Oregon State University (Nov. 2), University of Oregon (Nov. 6), Stanford University (Nov. 9) and Arizona State University (Nov. 13).
Students wanting more information can follow the tour through daily journal updates located at http://www.findyourpower.com/ .
Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom/ .
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.
* Source: MetroWest Daily News
** Source: 2001 Campus Computing Survey
*** No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Open to U.S. residents 16 years of age and older. Game ends Nov. 8, 2002. For full rules see Web site.
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