Lenovo acquires Stoneware, boosts cloud offerings

Schools invest in educational technology, but students don’t necessarily have access to the same type of technology at home. Smart phones seem to be particularly popular as students’ personal devices.

Secure Cloud Access will let students have access to all or many of the same features they access through school-based technology. The application scales the experience to the device, so that users still have a unified experience. Some features might be limited, but students can expand their learning and work on important projects using personal devices.

The acquisition “offers the opportunity to grow and improve … [and] raise the capability of devices,” Morris said, adding that Stoneware’s offerings will boost efficiency because mobile devices present a challenge when it comes to accessing files and certain applications. “The browser is the gateway” to a unified user experience, he said.

“Adding Stoneware cloud computing into the Lenovo lineup presents a significant opportunity to leverage their success, and enhance our PC Plus offerings—all to the benefit of our customers,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of Lenovo and president of the company’s Product Group.

“We are pleased to be joining forces with Lenovo,” said Rick German, Stoneware’s CEO.

Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but no layoffs are expected. The Stoneware team will remain in Indiana and Utah and will continue to sell both webNetwork and LanSchool.

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Laura Ascione

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