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Kano

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Educational kids computer maker Kano gets Microsoft funding, expands distribution

Do-it-yourself (DIY) computer kit company Kano has raised $1 million USD (roughly $1.36 million CAD) in funding from Microsoft. The funding comes as Kano releases an upgraded version of its Windows-based computer, which will expand international distribution. The U.K.-based indy project previously made modular computers using an operating system based on open-source Raspberry Pi. However, last year, Kano joined forces with Microsoft to built a limited batch of 1,000 Windows-based PCs. Thanks to the expanded partnership and new funding, Kano will expand distribution from North America and the U.K. to include Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Although taking on a larger corporate partnership risks Kano’s indy image, Microsoft’s pre...