The success of the Chromebook has proved that school districts are hungry for notebooks that can dive into existing cloud architecture at a low price point. And Microsoft's Cloudbook undercuts the least expensive Chromebook by a few dollars.
While I would rather have students on Windows laptops than anything Google related, I still feel like if schools want to be forward thinking, they need to embrace iPads more than laptops.
Am I an Apple fanboy? Absolutely. But that doesn't change the fact that my students are far more comfortable on iPads than on laptops. If we as educators want to prepare our students for the future, we need to accept that for our current students, iPads are very likely the future.
Instead of teaching on and designing curriculum, blended learning tools, and assessments around a form factor that we as adults are used to, we should be looking to the future and meeting our students there.