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Maine Educators Cool to HP, Microsoft
06/14/2013 02:50 PM ET  

Figures released by the Maine Department of Education today showed that educators overwhelming opted to stay with Apple.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine schools aren't yet embracing Hewlett Packard, which won a competition for the preferred option for laptops distributed to more than 70,000 middle and high school students.

Figures released by the Maine Department of Education on Friday showed that educators overwhelming opted to stay with Apple.

The state says that this fall, 39,457 students and teachers will get Apple's iPad tablet, and 24,128 will get Apple's MacBook Air. Only 5,474 will use the HP ProBook 4440 laptop.

State officials said they expected a majority of schools to stick with Apple, since it was the sole vendor for more than a decade and educators are familiar with it.

Maine fully funds laptops for all public middle school students and leverages its buying power for high schools, about half of which participate.


 

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