Move over, Kristen Stewart, there’s a new illicit affair in the works. We received an anonymous tip about the big partnership the Reynolds Journalism Institute plans to announce later today. It turns out that the white room on the ground floor of Walter Williams Hall will now be the new home of a testing center for, wait for it, Microsoft/Windows products.
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Windows products. Do J-Schoolers even know what Windows is? Or that Microsoft is more than the word processor on your beloved MacBook Pro?
This partnership is obviously exciting for RJI (they said so on Facebook and Twitter, so it’s legit), but doesn’t this step on the toes of a company that we have long been tied to for our technology needs? Not only that, Apple actually topped its own stock yesterday, making it the most valuable company in the history of ever. The J-School is going to go behind Apple’s back and have an affair with the sworn enemy, and that just doesn’t sit well.
Apple and the J-School have been together for so long, and now they’re going to throw all of that away? I thought they were in love!
After all of the controversy surrounding the MacBook requirements and the possibility of other “requirements” such as iPads and iPhones, it seems very odd to now present the idea of bringing in the rival company for testing new technology. Obviously, Apple probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but we’ll see how having both in the J-School will work out.
With that said, it will be interesting to see what exactly they will be “testing” in this new testing center.
We have reached out to the J-School and RJI for comment, and we will update this post when we receive more information on the partnership.
Side Note: As of now, we also know that, as with the Futures Lab, there is no food or drink allowed in the new testing center.
UPDATE: RJI has officially announced the Microsoft Application Development Lab– details can be found here.