RMIT University students can hang out in new Tech Lounge

Tech Lounge includes Smart TV and two screens with Xbox Kinect

RMIT University students can now hang out together in a new technology-based learning environment called Tech Lounge. The Microsoft-designed lounge launched today.

Students will have access to Microsoft Surface tablets, laptops and Windows PCs running Windows 8. A Windows Phone, Smart TV and two screens with Xbox Kinect are also available.

Michael Gration, public sector director at Microsoft, said the technology space was designed not only for students to socialise but also to encourage collaborative learning.

The Tech Lounge is situated in building 8, level 4 of the university’s city campus, and is open between 8am and 10pm on weekdays, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

The university also recently rolled out virtual desktop infrastructure myDesktop across its Melbourne campuses.

RMIT’s executive director of IT services, Brian Clark, said this will allow students to work via a tablet, smartphone or laptop more easily and can print documents 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."

Other universities have also launched a Microsoft Tech Lounge including the Australian National University and Griffith University.

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