The world's largest software maker
) announced that 10 K-12 school districts and higher-education
institutions across the U.S. are deploying its OS Windows 8.
Higher education institutions such as the Apollo Group, Atlanta
Public Schools, Barry University, Fargo Public Schools, Fresno
Unified School District and the Jackson-Madison County School
among others have adopted Windows 8 OS.
Windows 8 is playing a major role in helping schools to
upgrade learning tools by providing support for new education
standards, online assessment and helping the switch to digital
learning through a new platform for easy content creation and
Educational institutions are deploying Windows 8 for different
purposes. The Atlanta Public Schools, Ga opted for the solution
to provide its students access to their desktop, Office 365
Education and Office Web Apps from school or any offsite PC
easily. The San Antonio Independent School District chose the
solution to provide its 22,000 students access to Windows 8
tablets in its 33 libraries to encourage reading and
communication among students.
Currently, just like other PC makers, Microsoft is also
battling the slump in the PC market caused by the sluggish
economy. To make matters worse, tablets continue to cannibalize
its core PC market. Although Microsoft has launched its own
mobile devices (both tablet and smartphone), it will have to deal
with significant competition in these markets..
According to a report by IDC,
) Android OS shipments touched 497.1 million units in 2012, up
104.1% year over year. In the process, it captured 68.8% market
share, followed by
) iOS, which managed to hold on to an 18.8% share and
Research In Motion's
) OS 4.5%. The Windows OS lagged far behind with a mere 2.5%
However, Microsoft's growing clout in the academic and
government verticals, as well as steady progress in the consumer
hardware business bode well for longer-term growth.
Microsoft remains one of the best positioned software vendors,
given its wide range of products, emerging markets strength,
continued technology deployment at data centers and growth in
cloud computing. We believe that Microsoft's current investments
are supported by its strong balance sheet and expect these to
drive the next growth phase, improving prospects of market share
Microsoft reported revenues, excluding deferrals, of $21.46
billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, up 34.0%
sequentially and 2.7% from last year, in line with our estimates.
All except the Entertainment & Devices segment grew both
sequentially and from the year-ago quarter.
Microsoft has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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