Microsoft and Lenovo Make Dean's List With Ultimate Academic PCs
Today, Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo announced the availability of the Ultimate Academic Personal Computer promotion with high-powered, highly functional, affordable laptop PCs designed specifically for college and university students, faculty, and staff. As part of the program, initially offered as a pilot by Microsoft, Lenovo will offer four different ThinkPad laptops pre-loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007.
The Ultimate Academic PC promotion offers four exclusive configurations:
- ThinkPad T400. The 14-inch widescreen laptop gives users powerful processing functionality, a host of wireless connectivity options and multimedia features essential for college students. Lenovo also builds in a roll cage to give the laptop extra durability to meet the rigors of academic life.
- ThinkPad R500. This laptop packs in the same functionality as the ThinkPad T400 but gives users extra screen real estate with a 15-inch display.
- ThinkPad X200 Tablet. The Tablet offers note-takers the best of both worlds with a Tablet PC and a laptop all in one. The 12-inch screen swivels both directions for easy maneuvering in class, and has low reflectivity and wide viewing angles; the Tablet also features a full-size keyboard, and more than 10 hours of battery life for all-day computing.
- ThinkPad X301. Lenovo's thinnest and lightest full-function PC, the ThinkPad X301 comes with several leading technologies such as solid state drive storage for greater reliability, an LED display for a crisp viewing experience and two roll cages to make the laptop extremely light yet sturdy.
Currently available in the U.S., the Ultimate Academic PCs give students access to Microsoft software including Windows Vista Ultimate, which offers students extensive options for music, images, online entertainment, extended battery life, and the most advanced, layered security protection of any Windows release yet.
By coupling this with Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, students have access to a comprehensive set of tools that can help them create high-quality documents with Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office Publisher 2007; gather and consolidate lecture notes or research with Microsoft Office OneNote 2007; stay organized with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007; and easily collaborate with colleagues and professors across geographical boundaries using Microsoft Office Groove 2007.
"The Ultimate Academic PC is ideal for students because it gives them everything they need to be successful as soon as they take it out of the box," said Paul Lanning, president of the Foundation for California Community Colleges, a nonprofit organization that operates CollegeBuys, a purchasing program that saves California Community Colleges, students and faculty money on offerings such as the Ultimate Academic PC. "It is great that Microsoft and Lenovo are providing this PC which answers a previously unmet need on behalf of college students. This demonstrates the level to which both companies are committed to the education market."
The Ultimate Academic PC was initiated by James Ptaszynski, Ph.D., senior director of Worldwide Higher Education Strategy of the Worldwide Public Sector team at Microsoft while shopping for a computer for his college-bound son. He wanted to select a PC that - out of the box - provided access to the best Microsoft software pre-loaded on durable and stylish hardware at a relatively low price.
"By combining Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Office Ultimate software with Lenovo's durable ThinkPad laptops, we created a PC that would help students achieve academic success in an increasingly competitive environment and continue to help them as they enter the business world," Ptaszynski said. "In addition, the Ultimate Academic PC will help students enjoy their down time with features like a built-in camera, advanced graphics for gaming enthusiasts, and access to additional free online services available from Microsoft such as Windows Live Messenger to help students keep up with their busy social lives."
"Advanced PCs are no longer a luxury, but a necessity in higher education," said Tom Looney, vice president and general manager for Lenovo North America. "Not only are PCs integrated into the fabric of academic life, but they are an essential part of life after college. Considering the technology, hardware 'horsepower' and upgradability, the Microsoft and Lenovo-developed Ultimate Academic PCs are the best choice for the unique needs of students and young professionals, our future leaders and innovators."
Students, faculty and staff with valid e-mail addresses at accredited colleges and universities qualify for the Ultimate Academic PC. Pricing for models begins at $999 (U.S.). The success of the program will be monitored to determine future offerings. Additional information about the Ultimate Academic PC and eligibility information is available at http://www.lenovo.com/uapc.
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