The Maine Department of Education says Hewlett Packard has been chosen as its primary laptop computer provider for the next school year. The state announced Saturday that the Hewlett Packard ProBook 4440 running Windows 8 software will be made available as the primary technology and learning tool as part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Gov. Paul LePage says the Hewlett Packard offer was the lowest-priced proposal of five, and the laptops use an operating system commonly used in the workplace in Maine. While the Hewlett Packard laptop proposal is the state’s primary choice, LePage says middle schools would be able to choose any of the five proposals awarded through a competitive bidding process, and the state would cover the cost up to the amount of the Hewlett Packard proposal.