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Microsoft and Qualcomm empower rural school with Always On, Always Connected PCs Microsoft and Qualcomm empower rural school with Always On, Always Connected PCs
The PCs don't need any network infrastructure and can connect to the internet from anywhere. Microsoft and Qualcomm empower rural school with Always On, Always Connected PCs

Here’s a heart-warming story for you: Microsoft recently helped a rural school in KZN with Always On, Always Connected PCs from Microsoft Education. This gave the physically disabled students access to the wider internet and the awesome learning-enhancing features of Windows 10.

The problem the Kwazamokuhle School, located in Estcourt, had been having was a lack of connectivity for its desktop PCs. Students had the local processing power, but no access to the wider internet and all of the functions and information it supports.

The new portable PCs solved this. They are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform and run Windows 10. Each ones comes with built-in LTE connectivity so they can operate and access the internet from just about anywhere.

And thanks to Windows 10’s wide range of accessibility features, the students can make use of handwriting and voice recognition, its text-to-speech capabilities, and more to boost their learning experiences.

As Professor Dlamini Qaphela says at the end, “If they have technology, everything is possible.”

Best of all, the solution requires no infrastructure beyond the PCs themselves, and is thus perfect for environments where infrastructure is a challenge.

Below you’ll find the two-minute video Microsoft put together on the initiative. It’s well worth a watch and a great way to end off your week on a high note.

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