Microsoft and its hardware partners are all set to surprise you all with a brand new computers specifically aimed at low income families. The new computers will be launched in 2012 and are expected to cost as low as $250.
It came with regard to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) program which aims at expanding the number of Americans with an access to broadband internet.
The program was launched last month and is called Connect to Compete. In order to qualify, families are required to have at least someone enrolled in the free school lunch program. It is expected that around 15 million families will qualify.
The families will also receive a two year broadband internet access at heavily discounted prices, costing just about $10 /month. Many cable providers like Comcast, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, Time-Warner, and others, have participated in the program to ensure the same. They can also take the advantage of the high speed access as they will also be in a position to own a $150 refurbished PC from Redemtech.
But in the coming year, Microsoft is all set to introduce a line of brand new low cost PC, all through the program. The range will start from $250 and will comprise of Windows and Office, along with educational software.
Barring the details, Microsoft hasn’t really revealed its Hardware partners, or specifications or precisely which versions of its software will the PC’s utilize. Speculation is that it may have the no frills Starter Edition.
At this stage you may wonder the reasons for active involvement of Microsoft and the cable companies. Well the FCC chairman Julius Genachowski reveals, “It’s a win-win for our overall economy and for all companies in the broadband economy. If we can get broadband adoption to 100% we will have doubled the size of the online market in the U.S.”
Besides it will give Microsoft an opportunity to test the market for its low priced PC’s.