Microsoft Shapes the Future of US Students

Shape the Future Provides US Schools Access to Special Pricing on Windows & Intel-based Devices

Back in November 2013, I came home to find my monthly issue of Wired waiting for me. The cover featured a young girl in a school uniform with “The Next Steve Jobs” in big bold text. The article told an amazing story about a teacher who introduced new classroom methods to his students in an impoverished city in Mexico. Those methods resulted in unprecedented national test scores for the school.

In true Wired fashion, the article covered additional topics including research that questioned current curriculum learning standards in place, and schools/individuals around the world who are conducting research on how children learn, grow, and develop. Of all the topics covered, what I related to the most was the mention of Sugata Mitra’s tests, in which he provided children in India with access to a laptop connected to the Internet and watched as they developed intellectually in a short period of time.

A laptop with Internet access has the power to unleash the potential of individuals young and old. But technology costs money. For some schools, even in first world countries, budgets limit the access to that technology. Thankfully, Microsoft is doing all it can to provide students with the latest Intel-based laptop and desktop devices.

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A Closer Look at Autodesk’s Desktop Subscription Licensing Model

A Closer Look at Autodesk's Desktop Subscription Licensing Model

Back in March, we got word that Autodesk was changing its licensing options and a couple of our customers had questions around this change.

I want to dive deeper into the pros and cons of purchasing desktop subscription over perpetual licenses.

“Autodesk Desktop Subscription, available for a variety of 2014 and 2015 standalone products and suites, provides a new purchasing option for customers. Businesses that require flexibility and choice in the way they access their tools can license Autodesk desktop software on a short-term basis to meet their business and budgetary needs.

With Desktop Subscription, customers enjoy a low cost-of-entry to Autodesk software and suites. Desktop Subscription gives customers access when they need it – they can easily ramp up or scale back based on their staffing or project needs.”
–  Autodesk

I recently got the chance to chat with some product experts at Autodesk, along with our own Softchoice experts to get a better understanding of these licensing models.

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Important Adobe Licensing Changes for Education Institutions

Important Adobe Licensing Changes for Education Institutions

It’s been almost a year since Adobe moved from a boxed software model to the cloud and subscription-based licensing approach with Adobe Creative Cloud. And this month we were informed that Adobe has launched Creative Cloud for education. With this comes the introduction of device licensing and changes to the Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program.

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