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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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UWI focuses on new tech at global showcase
The new school year is well underway at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, and as part of its mission to prepare students for work and life, the university recently held its Global Technology Showcase (GTS). Microsoft TT was on hand, to help the UWI community better understand and use their latest innovations in devices, services and academic programmes available.
“We are here to raise awareness of Microsoft and the many products we have to support students in learning and work,” said Yudhistre Jonas, developer and platform evangelist with Microsoft TT. New and returning students, as well as lecturers and other personnel, were treated to informative presentations and device demonstrations:
• Windows Phone 8—Representatives from Nokia presented several models of the powerful Lumia Windows Phone. Nokia gave a live demo of the Windows Phone App Studio.
• Tablets and PCs—An array of Lenovo tablets, laptops, convertibles and even a miniature desktop, all powered by Microsoft Windows, were on display for students and faculty.
• Microsoft IT Academy—Lecturers from the academy gave students valuable information about their co-curricular courses in Microsoft Office and technology literacy which give graduates full international certification as Microsoft Office specialists.
• Dream Spark—Microsoft TT reps provided information on this education support programme that gives students and educators access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research.
• 2014 Imagine Cup Competition—Students received details on this student technology competition with more than US$300,000 in prizes and a free trip to Seattle, USA, for the worldwide finals in 2014.
Members of the UWI community were enthusiastic about the GTS and the numerous devices and services on display. Microsoft products were particularly popular because of their powerful features and compatibility with Microsoft Office, the primary operating system for work and personal computing. “I was looking to buy a tablet for myself and my research showed that other operating systems (OS) were too confined in functionality,” said Matthew, a second year engineering student.
“The (Lenovo) Think pad tablet has the full-fledged Windows 8 OS, which is what I need.”
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