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Microsoft and Community Colleges
There has been some discussion as to why many community colleges use
Microsoft products. As an employee of a community college (but not as
any sort of official spokesperson) I'd like to offer my perspective.
The educational programs offered by community colleges tend to be very
practical in nature, and are often very strongly influenced by industry
needs. I'm sure that you can find examples where entire programs are
created because one local industry or another had some need.
Since the business world uses primarily Microsoft products, they want to
hire people that already have experience in those products and they want
to send people to training classes on Microsoft products. The reverse
is true as well - since businesses hire people with experience on
Microsoft products, that's what businesses tend to buy.
That's why community colleges use Microsoft products. The computer
staff here (I'm one of them) don't necessarily prefer Microsoft. We
just don't have any other realistic options.
As an aside, we do use other platforms where that makes sense - for
example we have a lab full of Macintosh systems for teaching Photoshop
and other applications used in the graphics industry.