Like many other crowdsourcing platforms, users can define a project or goal and ask family, friends, and strangers to donate a small portion of the cost. What makes this program stand-out is:
- Microsoft is funding the first 10% – You’ll notice prices at https://www.windowschipin.com/BrowsePC end in some odd numbers (ex: a Surface RT is $314) this is because it’s down 10% ($35) from the retail price of $349.
- The PC will come with Office 365 University pre-loaded – As good as some web-based office suites are, having the gold standard in document, spreadsheet/list, and presentation creation is super-useful; and I’m a big fan of Outlook for email and calendar management and OneNote for both personal note organization and group project collaboration.
I know that not everyone wants one of these PC’s. (I didn’t see the Dell XPS 12 convertible ultrabook as one of the options.) So I’m also curious: Do Apple, Google, Samsung, RIM, Ubuntu, or others offer a similar program for Macs, iPads, Chromebooks, Android, or BlackBerry? I hope they do.