HP Envy

Sending students off to college can be stressful for both students and their families. Kids will be miles from home but with technology families can close the distance of miles by chatting face to face via webcam. It’s just one of the great reasons why every student should be sent off to college with a PC or Tablet. Not to mention many of the functional uses like being able to do homework from anywhere, like a weekend at home! Unfortunately, with the already massive expensive of school not all students or families can afford a PC.

But Microsoft introduced a phenomenal new pilot program on June 3rd called Chip In. Utilizing crow sourcing, students with a valid .edu email address obtain contributions from friends and family toward the purchase of a new Windows PC or tablet. They can even ask contributions from people in their social networks! These funds can then be used to purchase a qualified PC or Tablet from Microsoft.

This if perfect for open houses! Instead of asking for cash, guest can contribute right towards your PC But why use Chip In instead of cash? Because Microsoft will chip in 10 percent of the purchase price on select PCs. Even better, the first 10,000 students to fully fund their PC before Sept. 1 will also get a four-year subscription of Office 365 University. The subscription gives students the latest, most complete Office applications (which can be downloaded on up to two devices), 20 GB of additional SkyDrive storage and 60 Skype world minutes.

Lenovo IdeaPad

But this program isn’t designed to just sell one type of PC. There really is something for every student. For example the Lenovo IdeaPad 13Acer S7 Ultrabook and HP ENVY x2 are just a few of the options available and they are all great options for students at any level. You can check out the full list of available PC’s at Windows Chip In. But you only have until September 1, 2013 before the program is over so get started now to build your fund.

You can find more information at Microsoft News Center or the Windows Experience Blog.  I am a Windows Champion Blogger for Microsoft and was provided the HP Envy 2 computer to facilitate this post.