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Crowdsourcing a computer for students

I’m obviously biased, but I think this program for students to crowdsource the funds to buy a computer for school is really great: https://www.WindowsChipIn.com/

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. 

Filed under: Education, Microsoft, Technology

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