Low Cost Devices in Education and Government

logoAt some point in the ancient times people started writing on clay tablets because it was important to capture accurate information beyond drawing on cave walls. They were important for the rulers of that time to keep track of taxes, population and food reserves, and for scholars to capture and leave behind knowledge for their students to grasp. Continuous innovation moved people to write on animal skin scrolls, silk and ultimately paper. In the last few years the circle completed… we are back to tablets. 

Except this time the tablets we write on have beautiful screens and multi-touch capabilities. They are much more interactive and allow us to connect with each other via internet, allowing us to communicate, create and collaborate at thought speed. Nice! Yet, are all tablets created equal? And specifically, which ones can help today’s modern government and education institutions achieve their purpose?

Modern tablets, as opposed to the ancient clay ones, can and are expected to serve and empower not only their end-users, but also the organizations these users belong to by meeting security and manageability expectations that are common place for the best productivity tools that mankind developed so far: the PCs.

The meteoric rise of Android-based tablets in the consumer space, driven mainly by accessible prices points, made many people explore if such devices could be leveraged for Government and Education programs. Android-based tablets have a lot of obvious appeal considering low acquisition costs against tight public budgets. Yet, are there better choices out there?

A recent white paper from Microsoft compares Android vs Windows devices and shows that Windows devices are a superior choice, offering better security, a more productive experience for users AND an improved ability for IT to manage mobile devices WITHIN the boundaries of existing PC cost structure and technical infrastructure.

The paper looks at four areas critical to public sector and education – Ease of Use, Security, Productivity and Lifecycle – and found that Android-based solutions fall short on many aspects. Reading the 6 page paper will uncover them in detail, yet two stood out.. way out… the incredible fragmentation of the Android ecosystem and the significant difficulties to update and secure devices makes Android devices a risky proposition to consider. By contrast, the paper shows how Windows devices offer the path of least resistance for adoption of tablets for any organization that is serious not only about achieving mobility benefits, but also securing valuable (and often confidential) business information and controlling the IT costs. Read it, and let’s talk. We’d like to help!


Low Cost Devices in Government and Education – Windows vs Android.pdf

Comments (5)

  1. Graham Thomson says:

    I have just finished reading your white paper, and I have to say, I am very disappointed at the way you have handled the comparison between the devices and operating systems. As it is clear that you are looking at Surface Tablets where Microsoft have control over the ecosystem completely, try this again comparing oranges with oranges this time, and make the assumption that the user would acquire Nexus tablets where Google can control the ecosystem completely. I'd also suggest leave the data relating to phones, as opposed to tablets, out of the equation – unless we want to start talking about the "success" of Windows phone in the business market also?

    Try that, rework your white paper, and then maybe people will be willing to take this post more seriously as a whitepaper, and less like you are having a go at your competitors as there are not enough advantages in your current product that it can stand on its own merits.

  2. ROBJNA06 says:

    Education is need of any person it increase our level  ,our confidence

    Education is very important for every person.

    according to me all cell phone same each have operating system

    so there is comparison between technique is useless.


  3. Mikemilton says:

    Education is play very important role in our life so if must be provide it in very low cost.. because if everyone not effort it than how they get it??

    so think about it and provide it in cheap cost as much as possible by government or education management..

  4. JAM4 says:

    Education is very important for each and every people for the development of own as well as for their state and also for the country. I know uses of androids and tablets are very useful in various ways but it would not be affortable for all. so think about it.

  5. mack parker says:


    this information is very good and this blog is also good.

    this can help me a lot great work.


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