Seton Hall University has committed to arming its students with Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks from the start of the next school year, representing yet more good news for the future of tablets and Microsoft's new operating system.
The New Jersey university is promising to hand out Windows 8-powered Samsung Series 7 Slates to all new science and honor degree juniors as soon as the new OS arrives in the Fall, while new students on other courses will each get a free Series 5 Ultrabook.
These deployments are all part of Seton’s Mobile Computing initiative, a plan which will also see the university give out Nokia Lumia 900 phones to all incoming freshmen from next year. In addition, the university has teamed up with Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia to offer free voice, text and data plans to students.
Windows 8 is due to launch on October 26, with the first tablets expected around the same time. The software is expected to be a big hit in business and education, mainly because both sectors continue to rely heavily on previous versions of Windows.