LOL , nice one Cokie.I'd rather be the trollup
I can just picture you standing on the street corner trying to get some Trade.
I think price is going to be key.
I was under the impression RT would be in ipad territory $500 or more, and Pro would be more aimed at the luxury/ultrabook end -$800 and up.
However, Steve Ballmer very recently said they would not leave any area open to Apple - wherever Aplle was - MS will be there too.
Not sure what to make of that.
One the one hand, it just seems to confirm my previous sentence.
On the other hand, maybe he thinks there is a mini ipad coming - and he wants to have some presence there too.
They read my posts. They ought to hire me for this stuff.
I have no idea how they are going to bring something decent in at $200 without taklng a loss .
But back to the related topic, Windows 8 tablets and education. OK.
Here in my state of Idaho, there were sweeping "reforms" that basically cut education funding for teachers and will eventually be more laptop based, online education. There are the obviously dissenters as there's a back story to this and it's just simply not great in general. But, it seemed to had changed a little so districts or teachers can write grants to the state to qualify for technology in the classroom, mostly because of the dissent and also the state can't afford the new cost unless if HP's kicking in. There were speculations that the ipad was to be used. I've personally spoken to several teachers, many students, and even aired my concerns about ipad usage to the state board of directors. Basically, from what teachers would want, what students would want and need, and what IT people would want, the ipad can't cut it. Students would be more inclined for touchscreens as it would be easier to use for digital book and familiar programs like Office and be able to have updated software and have less controlled access on the machines themselves. Teachers want something that would be easy to use and be able to see what their students are doing. IT people just want something that they're familiar with and know already how to use and something that can easily fit into their infrastructure without up-ending everything. From what I gather, an ipad or an android just doesn't fit that bill. An ipad sounds like a good idea, until you realize it's more difficult for IT people to prevent access to the app store than it would be with Windows. It's great for ebooks, but when you need to do research and create documents and epic PowerPoints, you need a PC for that.
One thing I do feel strongly about is the usage of Office. It literally is the industry standard. Here in my local school district, they're cutting out Office altogether and replacing it with google docs/openoffice. Sounds great at first, until you see how students use the two and how difficult it is, regardless if they know how to use it ok, it's just difficult as years of Office usage is embedded in and that can't translate over to openoffice. google docs is HUGELY basic. But in the long run, potentially TWELVE YEARS of no Office usage for a young student means that when they try to land a white collar job, they don't have basic knowledge of Office, which is pretty much the requirement for employment is that knowledge. Theoretically, public education prepares students for white collar work, but not knowing Office is detrimental. That's a HUGE gamble as to say that in 12 years, google docs/openoffice will be mainstream. I'm sorry, but I don't believe that. Office has been the standard and will continue to be the standard.
I think the university mentioned in the video is doing a good thing, they're preparing their students to use what the latest tools of the trade are.
"Off Topic" OK, you're BUSTED Coke Robot, I did some research on you, and FOUND out for a FACT that your REALLY New Formula Coke Robot!! How LONG did you think you would get AWAY with that eh? <grin>
You might say that Cokie - and I see you have their interests at heart.
However, one might take the opposite view.
Is it right that the taxpayer\Education system should be paying to educate their students in a way that perpetuates a monopoly ?
Something not right about that picture.
Perhaps if all schools used alternatives , that would open up the market and change the reliance on one proprietary piece of software.
Tbh , I hadn't thought about it before.
I do recall Eben saying that school It classes are about teaching students how to use Office. That is not It - it is a replacement for what used to be called typing classes.
LOL.New Formula Coke Robot
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The hardest part is really the interoperability betwen the 2 systems. Trying to get perfect translations between the two is the hard part. But if the actual file formats aren't necessary to be exchanged, and electronic formats become more the norm, this may become less of an issue than it is today. I know for my last few jobs, the resume has been formatted and submitted not as a .docs or .odt file, but rather a PDF.
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Maybe it is just the business I am in, but I can't recall having to deal with a .doc or .docx file in quite a while.
Let me check - yep - got some sides from my agent the other day - pdf.
Today - got a statement from another agent - pdf also