Schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft on July 1. It will allow schools to upgrade their computers' operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade, The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/Q6jceR) reported.
The agreement also will give schools access to email and programs through Office 365, a subscription-based served. The West Virginia Department of Education will pay a flat rate instead of buying the Microsoft Office suite for every computer.
Many school computers still use the 12-year-old Windows XP system. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP last week but said it will continue to provide anti-malware related updates through July 14, 2015.