Sending your child off to college is tough. Not only are you fighting the excitement of watching your kid grow up, but you’re busy shopping for supplies, dorm essentials, and maybe even a new PC. Windows 8 can help alleviate some of your stress, and ensure your kids are set up with all the tools they need to succeed in the coming school year.
PCs like the Surface Pro and Acer Aspire S7 are great options for the on-the-go college student, providing a ton of power in a portable package that’s easy for toting around campus and tackling midterms, long study sessions at the library and even weekend relaxation/entertainment (Netflix, Next Issue). I personally use the Surface RT tablet and love that I get the function of a full size notebook in a lightweight tablet. I like that it’s affordable and versatile. For students it’s loaded with great educational and organizational apps like OneNote, Algebra Touch and Periodic Table.
Chip In Program
Did you know that more than 94 percent of students feel they most need a new computer before graduating from high school? Sending your student off to college with a Windows 8 PC will help lessen the separation anxiety both of you feel by providing plenty of tools to stay in touch, while also offering a set of apps and programs so you know your kid is set up for success. If a new Windows 8 PC isn’t in the budget right now, how about getting a little help from family and Microsft? You can arm your student with all the tools they need to navigate the next four years by joining in the ”Chip In” program from Windows to get them a fully equipped Windows 8 PC. Friends and family members can visit the Chip In site to easily donate to the purchase of a PC for their student.
As part of the Chip In program, Microsoft has announced a Buy One, Give One program, where Windows will give away one PC, for every student that fully funds their PC by September 1, to the Year-Up organization up to 100 PCs
More Windows 8 for College Students
Office 365 University. A four-year subscription includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access and an extra 20 GB of free SkyDrive (cloud) storage so your college kid will always be prepared for the task at hand. Students can organize class notes, web clips and photos with the OneNote student planner, use PowerPoint for their next presentation, and even work better together by collaborating on group projects via SkyDrive and Office Web Apps.
My Study Life. Students can get their school schedule and tasks organized with My Study Life. The My Study Life app is designed to make your life easier by storing classes, tasks and exams in one easily accessible place. Beyond your normal planner, everything integrated into the schedule is stored, plus related information such as when tasks are due.
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