Get 30% off the Surface 3 Education Bundle until June 30

Microsoft is offering education customers a 30% discount on its Surface 3 Education Bundle from now until June 30.

Duolingo will teach you Swedish and Irish in latest update

After making its Windows Phone debut almost a month ago, Duolingo received a pretty nice update today. Coming along for the ride is support for learning Swedish and Irish, along with the addition of a word bank to some translation exercises.

Learning a new language is like playing a game with Duolingo for Windows Phone

Duolingo, the popular and free language-learning app launched on Windows Phone last week, and I've been playing with it to refresh my Spanish lessons from high school. I like it because it feels like a game I have to beat. If you haven't tried it out yet, we've installed Duolingo on the Lumia 930 and placed it in front of the camera. Go watch the hands-on video.

Search for the perfect US school for your children with Bing

Microsoft has made it so parents can search through national ranking and academic ratings for schools on Bing, from elementary all the way up to higher education. There's also a rating for the immediate area, which is an important factor when considering placements, especially if it means the family will relocate to accommodate said education. As with numerous features of Bing, this is open to those who reside in the US.

Los Angeles schools to offer students hybrids and laptops instead of Apple iPads

Los Angeles officials are looking to Chromebooks, Microsoft's Windows 8 and other hardware to complement its iPad offering in the education sector. Students in Los Angeles have enjoyed the use of iPads to aid with not only their education, but also social lives too thanks to easily bypassing any security filters in place. Schools will be able to differentiate what is offered to students, a choice of six devices.

Feel enlightened with the official TED app, now available for Windows and Windows Phone

TED is a nonprofit (started in 1984) focusing on spreading ideas using short talks, covering everything from science to business to global issues, and official Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps have just been released. The global community houses folk from around the world, welcoming those who desire a deeper understanding of the world as we know it today. The main website is a library full of content, which is now accessible using nothing more than your tablet, PC or Windows Phone.

Elite Cincinnati school gets an early jump on using Surface Pro 3

Microsoft continues to push the Surface Pro 3 tablet as a replacement for the regular notebook in many different settings. Today, the company announced that the elite private Cincinnati Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio will be the first educational institution to use the 12-inch Surface Pro 3. It's good to see the up-to $23,600 tuition that CCDS parents pay to go towards a high-end Windows tablet like this.

Microsoft and partners unveil more affordable hardware for schools

Microsoft and hardware partners have announced new products at various price points for US public schools. The company has been working with the education system to bring Bing and safer searching to younger users. This latest move, part of the YouthSpark initiative, sees new hardware that's both lightweight and robust. The goal is to "empower youth through technology."

Microsoft Store offering 10% + $100 off the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 LTE for education customers

A combination of deals from the Microsoft Store could have you making off with a Surface Pro 2 at a great price, so long as you're a current student or teacher. Microsoft's education site already provides a solid 10 percent discount on most everything from the store, including the Surface Pro 2, but a current end of the school year promotion will shave an additional $100 off your purchase if you use a promo code.

Bing introduces ad-free, more secure searching to US schools

Microsoft is rolling out the Bing in the Classroom program, which has just entered the second phase. Stage two will see a broad availability of ad-free and "safer" searching to all eligible K-12 public and private schools in the US. Advertising is stripped out and searches are prevented from being utilized for personalized advertising to help keep youngsters safe while online.

Dell introduces the Latitude 13, a semi-rugged laptop for education

The education space is a battle arena for business notebooks that want to prove they are durable enough to serve use by hundreds of kids and cheap enough to fit into the local school budget. While Dell and Lenovo are both shooting for first place, Dell still has the advantage of having more government contracts already signed off. To improve their existing lineup of machines, the company has announced the new “classroom-ready” Latitude 13 laptop.

Ladybird: I'm Ready for Phonics now available on the Windows Store

Providing kids the means to get a head start in life is the desire of any parent. To lend a helping hand when it comes to reading, Ladybird has released I'm Ready for Phonics on Windows 8. The app contains 12 levels to progress through, supporting the child's synthetic phonics learning at school. Not only is the app enjoyable, but children will also benefit from the content in the long run.

Imagine classroom of the future, and participate in the Surface Classroom Challenge

Microsoft believes education helps schools and universities, students and educators realize their full potential through technology solutions. Last summer, Microsoft offered Surface RT devices at a special price to academia.

Schools choose Windows 8 tablets over iPads and Android, thanks to existing Windows infrastructure

Microsoft is looking to take full advantage of existing Windows infrastructure in schools and universities. ZDNet spoke with two education technology chiefs who went with Dell Windows 8 tablets and rolled them out to students. The overall response has been positive, especially from the IT departments who can easily integrate the tablets into existing networks and systems.

"Bing for Schools" has officially launched - brings safe and secure browsing to students

The folks at Microsoft have spent time and energy attempting to get consumers to switch over from Google and to instead use their in house search engine, Bing. The company is now focusing their efforts on the education system as it launches "Bing for Schools". The new program is described as "a new initiative designed to improve digital literacy for students by putting technology in classrooms".

Microsoft offering students and folk involved in education 10% off products

Microsoft has kicked off a rather intersting deal if you're a student or are involved in education. Hardware and software are included, offering a more affordable way to get kitted out for the semester ahead.

Microsoft announces new Surface programs; states that it has been getting "a lot of interest"

While analysts are stating that Microsoft’s Surface isn’t doing as well as hoped, yesterday the Redmond technology company stated that they have “had a LOT of interest from businesses, schools and universities wanting to use Surface.” Today, Surface is currently available in 29 different markets and over 10,000 physical stores worldwide.

Three major announcement about Surfaces availability in the USA, commercial partnerships, and education were announced.

Microsoft launches "Bing for Schools" - the web gets a bit less naughty

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has plans to expand control for school district IT administrators. Later this year a new service, Bing for Schools, will allow a custom tailored experience for education institutions. The new service will allow opt-ins without the need of any special software or a different search address.

Schools may soon buy the Surface RT directly from Microsoft for $199

If you find yourself wanting to snag a Surface RT for the upcoming school year you should check out the following deal. It’s bonkers. The most basic Surface RT goes for $499, but if you read on you can get it for three hundred dollars less at an insane price of $199.

App Discovery by Windows Phone Parent lands in the Windows Phone Store

App Discovery by Windows Phone Parent is a Windows Phone app designed to help you discover apps for your children. The application is the official Windows Phone app for and sorts apps by age group and categories.

Categories include foreign language, math, memory, skill development, literacy and more. Age categories start at the toddler years (18-36 months) to the teenage years.