Microsoft-Led Consortium to Enable Futuristic Classrooms

New Delhi – 6th February, 2014: Microsoft India today announced the availability of special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12) in partnership with Acer, MBD Group & Tata Teleservices. This consortium envisions a future of education where content, technology and connectivity come together seamlessly to make learning more immersive.

Priced at Rs. 24,999 per device, the bundle is available to all private schools (K6-12) in India. The specially created bundle comprises a Windows 8.1 tablet – an Acer Iconia W4-820, which comes with an impressive HD IPS Display with enhanced brightness for reading in sunlight and runs on the latest Quad Core Intel® Atom™ Processor. The tablet comes with Office Home and Student as well as Office 365. Microsoft has also included the Office 365 Education A2 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification for students.

Features & Specifications

  • Acer Iconia W4-820 with Windows 8.1
  • Quad Core Intel® Atom Processor
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student
  • Office 365 Education A2 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification
  • MBD Group’s Digital learning curriculum for State Boards, CBSE & ICSE
  • Tata Teleservices Photon Plus with 1GB of free data usage every month for 12 months (optional)

A complete consumption and creation device, the bundle includes digital learning curriculum for students of K-12 state boards, CBSE & ICSE from MBD Group, India’s largest publishing house with 60 years of experience in creating meaningful and relevant learning resources. The highly interactive multimedia content from MBD is currently available in English and will soon be available in various regional languages as well.

On an optional basis, Tata Teleservices is providing Photon Plus, a wireless device that provides high speed internet services on the move. Customers opting for Photon Plus will get 1GB of free data usage every month for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. The cost of the device along with 1GB free data usage would be Rs. 3,649.

Arun Rajamani, Head – Public Sector & Education, Microsoft India, said, “The ease-of-use and portability offered by tablets is increasingly making them the device of choice for students. This feature-rich tablet provides a secure, convenient and hassle-free experience for schools who want to integrate technology to make learning more enjoyable and interactive for students. No other industry player offers this unique combination of usability, productivity and dynamic digital educational content along with internet connectivity. We are excited to launch this custom-made bundle for the Indian student, who can now consume, create and share from a single device.”

As part of the offering, students can avail the Microsoft Office Specialist certification program and teachers in turn can gain access to eighty hours of self-learning content on leveraging technology while teaching. As part of the Microsoft Office 365 Education A2 plan, the tablet will also include important tools such as Office Web Apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote; Web Conferencing; SharePoint Intranet site; spam and malware protection; and 25 GB of personal cloud storage via OneDrive, per device.

Mr. S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India said “Education is the backbone of a country, and we are proud to empower our younger generation for the future through the Acer Iconia W4 Tablet, an industry-leading 8” Tablet that is complete with connectivity and productivity suites. Enabled with internet connectivity and pre-installed educational content, the W4 tablet forms a compelling offering, providing students with a whole new universe of resources at their fingertips. The realms of learning have become interactive, and we believe that in the immediate future, technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the education sector. A rising number of schools as well as students now look at tablets as not just a device meant for entertainment, but their companions in learning something new every day. We are extremely pleased to leverage our leadership in the education segment and be a part of this consortium with a collective vision of enhancing access to knowledge with technology as an enabling tool. With our strong after-sales customer support network extending across 700 towns and cities in the country, our promise to deliver cutting-edge technology is ably supported by our unparalleled presence at a pan India level.”

The device is a major step in transforming education by creating an enhanced learning experience for teachers and students by giving them access to the very best of content. Educational content on the tablet is provided by the MBD Group and will consist of complete digital learning curriculum along with assessment tools. The curriculum covers all subjects for class VI to X and Science, Commerce streams for class XI and XII, mapped to NCERT’s National Curriculum Framework.

Ms. Monica Malhotra, Director – MBD Group, said, “Over the past decade we have observed that students respond better to engaging educational content available across multiple consumption mediums, thus making their learning experience more interactive. As part of this consortia, we can now offer a dynamic digital learning curriculum on a device equipped with a plethora of productivity tools and internet connectivity.”

Mr. Akshay Mathur, Vice President, Non Voice Services, Tata Teleservices, said, “In India, proliferation of internet and availability of smart-devices at affordable prices has changed the mobile landscape and the way people use internet to access information on the fly. Similarly with high speed internet connectivity available anytime, anywhere, and the introduction of applications there are newer techniques and ways of gaining knowledge and information. We are pleased to partner with Microsoft on this unique educational initiative and play a role in enabling Photon Plus services across schools in India.”

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

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