MS向亚洲教育进军

从MSN Alert中看到了Taking Action on the Vision for High-Quality Education,发现MS果然开始向教育界进军了。

虽然是意料之中的事,但是Bill Gates在北京宣布公开Student Innovation Suite的消息还是令我吃惊不小。尤其是这一套装还包含了操作系统。

Poole称:The Microsoft Student Innovation Suite includes Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office, and Windows Live Mail desktop. It will be available at a nominal fee to governments purchasing bulk orders of computers for primary and secondary students. Through our Partners in Learning program, we will offer this suite for US$3, so we’re really intending this to help transform education in underserved student groups worldwide. The cost of the media is not included in this price. Governments can purchase the software suite on various types of distribution media through Microsoft “Authorized Replicators” and OEM [original equipment manufacturer] partners.

可想而知,当初MS是多么的反对OLPC计划,因为OLPC无法运行Windows。

使用过Student 2007之后,就会发现它并不适合亚洲的儿童:全是英文不说,内容完全是关于美国的,很难适合以中国为代表的广大发展中国家的国情。

PS:文中还放出了北京儿童使用Student Innovation Suite在课后学习的照片,让我想起了OLPC……只是,OLPC被用来当电灯照明的惨淡遭遇会不会在MS身上重演呢?

Students from a village outside of Beijing, China, use Microsoft Student Innovation Suite to study together after school. February 2007.

Students from a village outside of Beijing, China, use Microsoft Student Innovation Suite to study together after school. February 2007.

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