The idea of tablets in schools isn’t new, with projects like One Laptop Per Child or Aakash being already implemented, but Microsoft is relatively new to this field. Now they want to create devices priced under $300 for the educational institutions.


The YouthSpark initiative is the name of the project, that has Microsoft teamed up with multiple hardware makers to help create tablets under $300. The devices resulted from this idea will be lightweight enough to conduct research and take assessments. Meanwhile, they will also be robust enough to create rich media and develop code and apps.

Some of the slates that fit the description include models like the Fujitsu Stylistic Q704, ASUS Transformer Book T100, Lenovo ThinkPad 11e, Acer Travelmate TMB113-E and Dell Venue 11 Pro. With the iPad already a popular learning tool, is there any room for Microsoft on this not yet saturated market?