The State Of Maine Just Gave Apple Some Painful News

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For the first time since 2002, the State of Maine wants its schools to buy HP notebooks running Windows 8 instead of Apple Macs.

HP just won a contract to become the preferred tech provider for Maine schools and not just because it was the lowest-priced bidder – although it was.

Maine Governor Paul LePage said Windows is used by more employers and that makes it better for students. β€œIt is important that our students are using technology that they will see and use in the workplace,” he said in a press release.

Maine is considered a leader in providing laptops for students. In a program first launched in 2002, every middle school student, and many a high school student, is provided with a laptop. This covers about 33,000 middle school students and 3,000 teachers.

Apple won the original contract, worth $37 million at the time, and it was extended in 2006 and 2009.

Now, Maine wants the schools to buy a HP ProBook 4440 laptop running Windows 8 software instead of a Mac. Maine is not forcing the schools to abandon Macs. But it negotiated a lower price for the HP PCs so if schools want Macs, they'll have to pay the difference.

Interestingly, although the 4440 is running Windows 8, it is not a touch screen device.

CORRECTED: Maine recieved multiple proposals when it was looking to renew its laptop contract and approved five devices that schools could buy: iPads and MacBook Air laptops covered in Apple's bid; the ProBook laptops and some kind of tablet, presumably also Windows 8 from HP's; a Windows laptop from a company called CTL.



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