Microsoft Extends Deal on Software Discounts

The company will continue to offer UK schools discounts on its products

Microsoft once again shows its commitment to help schools in the United Kingdom with a three-year extension to its previous deal to offer local educational institutions software at special prices.

The initial agreement was signed in 2004, with the Department for Education (DfE) adding that this new partnership would help schools save approximately 10 million pounds (€12 million / $16 million).

“We know from our long-standing partnership with the education sector in this country that high-quality technology and software, combined with high-quality teaching, will help our children flourish at school. We will carry on working with the Department for Education, schools and educators to make sure that we continue to deliver this,” Steve Beswick, director of Education Sector at Microsoft UK, said.

This new agreement is very likely to help the Redmond-based technology giant promote Windows 8 among schools in the United Kingdom, but also increase the overall popularity of its own Surface tablet by offering students the chance to explore its features.

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