Acer, Microsoft, MBD and Tata Tele to provide bundled tablets for Rs 24,999

Acer, Microsoft, MBD and Tata Teleservices have come together to launch special bundled Windows 8.1 tablets for private schools (K6-K12) at Rs 24,999.

This consortium envisions a future of education where content, technology and connectivity come together seamlessly to make learning more immersive.

The bundle tablet includes digital learning curriculum for students of K-12 state boards, CBSE & ICSE from MBD Group currently available in English and will soon be available in various regional languages as well. On an optional basis, Tata Teleservices is providing Photon Plus. Customers opting for Photon Plus will get 1 GB of free data usage every month for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. The cost of the device along with 1 GB free data usage would be Rs 3,649.

Arun Rajamani, head – Public Sector & Education, Microsoft India said, “No other industry player offers this unique combination of usability, productivity and dynamic digital educational content along with internet connectivity. We are excited to launch this custom-made bundle for the Indian student, who can now consume, create and share from a single device.”

As part of the Microsoft Office 365 Education A2 plan, the tablet will also include important tools such as Office Web Apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote; Web Conferencing; SharePoint Intranet site; spam and malware protection; and 25 GB of personal cloud storage via OneDrive, per device.

S Rajendran, chief marketing officer, Acer India said, “Education is the backbone of a country, and we are proud to empower our younger generation for the future through the Acer Iconia W4 Tablet, an industry-leading 8” Tablet that is complete with connectivity and productivity suites.”

Educational content on the tablet is provided by the MBD Group and will consist of complete digital learning curriculum along with assessment tools. The curriculum covers all subjects for class VI to X and Science, Commerce streams for class XI and XII, mapped to NCERT’s National Curriculum Framework.

Monica Malhotra, director – MBD Group said, “Over the past decade we have observed that students respond better to engaging educational content available across multiple consumption mediums, thus making their learning experience more interactive. As part of this consortia, we can now offer a dynamic digital learning curriculum on a device equipped with a plethora of productivity tools and internet connectivity.”

Akshay Mathur, vice president, Non Voice Services, Tata Teleservices said, “In India, proliferation of internet and availability of smart devices at affordable prices has changed the mobile landscape and the way people use internet to access information on the fly. Similarly with high speed internet connectivity available anytime, anywhere, and the introduction of applications there are newer techniques and ways of gaining knowledge and information.”

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