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Always Connected PCs are a 'dream come true' for students in South Africa

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What you need to know

  • A new video shows how Always Connected PCs connect the Kwazamokuhle School in South Africa to the web.
  • The ability to connect to LTE networks directly allows people in rural areas to connect to the internet.
  • The video also shows how other Microsoft technologies help students at the school.

A new video from Qualcomm shows off how Always Connected PCs help the Kwazamokuhle School in South Africa connect to the internet. Before receiving several Always Connected PCs, the school only had ten computers. None of the old computers could receive updates since they couldn't connect to the web. The Always Connected PCs can connect to LTE networks directly, allowing the PCs to stay up to date and students to connect to the web.

The Kwazamokuhle School in South Africa is in a rural area and lacks the infrastructure to connect to the internet through broadband or wired connections. Dlamini Qaphela, a professor at the Kwazamokuhle School, states that "The learners were totally disadvantaged because they couldn't find the information."

Qaphela points out how Qualcomm-powered PCs can connect to the web easily, saying, "It's [the] same as a cellular phone. You just click, then you'll see that you can connect."

The video also shows other Microsoft technologies that improve accessibility for learning. the Kwazamokuhle School is a school for special students, many of which benefit from technologies like Microsoft's Immersive Reader.

Quaphela also highlights that the good battery life of the Qualcomm-powered PCs makes it, so they don't have to carry chargers around for students.

The project is "a dream come true" and "a massive game-changer," according to Quaphela.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • Pretty cool. I gathered from some previous reporting on MS's plans for WOA that it was in part going to be a low-cost, low-maintenance platform for relatively poorer countries with poorer IT infrastructure. (Countries that have lots of cell towers and cheap cellular service but not much else.) Of course this is just one ad but it seems promising.
  • For the price of a single ACPC, a hotspot and a several Chromebooks could be bought. But nope, it makes more sense for a poor school to buy $1,000 luxury PCs.
  • Still a troll, bleached.
  • Troll? This is obvious. That school wouldn't make this decision without subsidies.