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  • New Latitude 10 essentials configuration delivers excellent value and Total Cost of Ownership for a full Windows 8 tablet enabling budget-conscious school systems to maximize their technology investment.
  • Latitude 10 tablet addresses most common management challenges identified by UK schools of deploying, managing, and supporting tablets in a school environment
  • The Latitude 10 is an ideal tablet solution for schools and fits well within Dell’s existing solutions and services for learning
  • Tablet joins Dell’s end-to-end offering from professional development to assistive technology showcased at BETT Education Show in London

Dell’s new Latitude 10 tablet is equipped with essential productivity and collaboration features that enable an intuitive touch experience for students and teachers on an enterprise-friendly tablet that addresses the most time-consuming device management challenges for school system IT professionals.

According to a recent online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Dell among 203 US and 120 UK school system IT decision makers, these management challenges include the time and tools required to prepare tablets to connect to school enterprise networks and domains, to develop management and access policies and to manage application provisioning and licensing. While over half (51 percent) of UK school system IT decision makers whose schools use tablets say that a tablet’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is absolutely essential or important in their decision-making, at least one-third of IT decision makers do not know what they are spending on a variety of tablet management tasks, such as setting up access to a wireless network (34 percent) or prepping tablets for enterprise/network domain setup (40 percent). IT decision makers who know the costs estimate that they spend more than £1,000 GBP ($1,581 US) prepping tablets to work in their environment, spending the most time and money—an average of £194 GBP per tablet or $307 US—on licensing provision and management.

Enterprises of any size need solutions that last and 45 percent of surveyed UK school system IT decision makers expect a tablet life cycle of three to four years. As with the other Latitude 10 configurations, the new tablet is framed in magnesium alloy and covered with soft-touch paint for robust longevity and a good grip. Corning Gorilla Glass delivers a responsive touch experience and vivid graphics display but stands up to the test of busy and active users.

Latitude 10 tablet seamlessly integrates into school IT environments
Dell knows schools need secure, flexible technology that teachers and students want to use, but are still cost effective and easy to deploy. The Latitude 10 snaps easily and securely into existing IT environments without needing new mobile device management or new software licensing and enables sharing of one device among multiple users for an affordable, safe and consistent touch computing experience. Fifty-seven percent of surveyed UK school IT decision makers whose schools use tablets said that they had to acquire additional software or tools, beyond what they are using to manage existing laptops and desktops, to manage their tablets.

Providing flexibility in computing environments, the Latitude 10 is available with the Latitude 10 productivity dock to create a full desktop mode with a more traditional keyboard and mouse for more robust content creation activities. The full-size USB port provides connectivity to existing equipment and SD card reader enables easy file transfer plus back-up when Internet access is not feasible.

With all day battery life, the Latitude 10 powers through typical school or work day and with optional Dell ProSupport™, an expert engineer is available 24/7 for unexpected hardware and software remote troubleshooting to keep end-users productive no matter where they are.

New tablet excellent for classroom use and for students with special needs
The Latitude 10 tablet is ideal for students, teachers and IT and will join Dell’s existing solutions and services for learning that offer school leaders, school IT administrators and educators the support they need to create an effective personalised learning experience for each student. The Latitude 10 comes with Microsoft Windows 8 and increases learning productivity and collaboration by maximising learning time by giving instant access to resources through the Instant-On with Connected Stand-By mode feature. The new tablet is powered by Intel’s Atom system on a chip and can run Windows 8 Snap Mode, allowing students and teachers to easily multi-task between two applications such as interacting with a remote teacher via Skype while taking notes in Microsoft OneNote.

The tablet has a full-size USB port to support the many accessibility devices, which are also provided through Dell’s Assistive Technology Service, for individuals with disabilities. These solutions include Optical Character Recognition readers, alternative keyboards, head mouse, eye gaze solutions and alternative switches. The new configuration has integrated software solutions like Microsoft Ease of Access Center and can support legacy special education applications, thereby reducing the need for schools to buy new software licenses.

Availability and Pricing
The Latitude 10 essentials configuration is available today starting at £391 GBP for 32GB and £430 GBP for 64 GB. It joins the Latitude 10 standard configuration announced in October.

Tablet joins Dell’s end-to-end offerings to schools showcased at BETT Education Show
This week at BETT Education Show the Latitude 10 essential will be displayed at Dell Stand B260 here along with Dell’s Next Generation Learning solutions, which provide an end-to-end suite of products and services that benefit educators and IT administrators—and most importantly, students. Our range of hardware, software and services empower schools to truly personalise teaching to meet the needs of each student. Students acquire 21st-century learning skills, and get anywhere/anytime access to their learning resources on the device of their choice. And educators get the integrated learning platform and IT efficiency they need to customise learning and improve student outcomes.
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  • Dell Quest will share their latest software innovations for Education IT Administrators to efficiently control and manage applications and desktops. Read More
  • Dell SecureWorks will show how IT Departments can minimise the security risk posed by the growing trend of mobile devices in higher education. Read More
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Quotes
"Dell's mission in education is to provide administrators, teachers, students, and parents with the innovative tools they need to advance classroom productivity and personalised learning," says Jon Phillips, Managing Director, Dell Global Education. "By adding the efficient, cost-effective Dell Latitude 10 essentials configuration to our portfolio of end-to-end education solutions, Dell lowers the barrier of access to technology and supports its adoption by schools across the globe."

About the Study Methodology
This Dell Education and Technology study was conducted online within the US and UK by Harris Interactive on behalf of Dell between Dec. 27, 2012 and Jan. 14, 2013 among 203 US and 120 UK IT decision makers who work in K-12 education and are either principals, school administrators or IT professionals working inside or outside a dedicated IT department, and who have at least a major influence on decision making regarding purchasing computer equipment for the school. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.

About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client's research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients—stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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