09 August 2013

Microsoft Tech Lounge sets up home at RMIT

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A place to network, collaborate and participate.

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RMIT University has partnered with Microsoft to create the Tech Lounge, a funky and comfortable lounge space at the City campus fitted out with cutting-edge Microsoft technology.

The lounge features surface tablets with the latest touch screen technology, laptops and Windows PCs running Windows 8 (including Microsoft Surface), a Windows phone, a Smart TV and two screens with Xbox Kinect.

Executive Director of Information Technology Services at RMIT, Brian Clark, welcomed guests to the official launch held recently at the Tech Lounge, in the Building 8 cafeteria.

“The Tech Lounge is an informal space that allows our students to play with the latest technology, and importantly, enhance their sense of connection with each other and with the City campus,” he said.

Mr Clark pointed to the range of technology that RMIT was introducing to enhance the technology experience for students, including partnering with Property Services to upgrade Audio Visual technology in learning and teaching spaces and new virtual desktop infrastructure, known as myDesktop.

“myDesktop recently rolled out across all RMIT campuses in Melbourne, providing anywhere, anytime computing facilities to students,” he said.

“Our students now have the flexibility to work inside a lab or café, on a smartphone, laptop or tablet and to print to any printer on campus.

“myDesktop mirrors the way this generation uses technology outside of RMIT, and the way that technology will be available within the workforce.”

Guest speaker at the launch, Michael Gration, Public Sector Director at Microsoft, said Microsoft designed the Tech Lounge in order to enhance the way students “network, collaborate and participate in the learning experience”.

“Microsoft Tech lounges are the only places in Australia which offer the full Microsoft technology experience,” Mr Gration said.

The event concluded with the U-Crew team demonstrating the fantastic devices in the lounge, and how students could benefit from using the technology, both for study and play.

The Microsoft Tech Lounge, located at Building 8, level 4 of the City campus, is open between 8am and 10pm on weekdays and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Technology demos in the Tech Lounge are available from RMIT’s friendly U-Crew ambassadors: look out for the U-Crew team in the lounge wearing ‘U-Crew’ t-shirts.

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