Microsoft Supports Education with Sub-$200 Windows 10 Laptops

Delia Watkins
January 23, 2018

At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft launched a new Windows 10 and 10 S device priced between $189 and $300.

The company hopes schools that go down the Windows 10 laptop route will also use its Intune for Education for device management.

In an announcement today timed with the opening of the sprawling Bett ed-tech show in London, Microsoft said it was responding to demands from schools for low-priced technology that also fosters creativity in "STEM" and other subjects.

Microsoft is taking on Google's Chromebooks and Apple's iPads in the education space through a new hardware partnership with Lenovo that aims to push Windows into the classroom.

The Lenovo 100e will cost just $190 and is powered by an Intel Celeron (Apollo Lake). For emerging markets, JP will sell the Classmate Leap T303 notebook, starting at $199, and the Trigono V401 2-in-1, starting at $299.

Speaking to Business Insider, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Yusuf Mehdi, said that the company is making efforts to challenge the price advantage of Chromebooks, which can be bought for as low as $299.

"Everything that you want to do on a Chromebook can be done in Windows", the executive said. They're rugged, spill proof, and come with long battery life.

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Microsoft is pushing augmented and virtual reality headsets as being a key tool for education, dropping the price for its Hololens headsets for academic institutions until the end of May this year. Pearson will start rolling out in March six new immersive applications that will work on HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Microsoft testing a new Diagnostic data viewer in Windows 10, allowing the users to view, control and delete the data.

The integration of features from Office 365 for education-Microsoft's classroom productivity suite, which is free to schools-into the student information system run by PowerSchool.

Starting in February, the company is adding new dictation capabilities to Office apps across all devices to make it possible for students of all abilities write easily with their voice. Microsoft also is expanding the company's Immersive Reader assistive technology to Word for Mac, iPhone, Outlook Desktop, OneNote iPad and OneNote Mac.

With all of these new experiences available in time for the upcoming school year, there's never been a better time for schools to try Microsoft Education. Meanwhile Teams are now accessible on iOS and Android so students and teachers can both stay on top of assignments.

This spring, Microsoft is adding a new Chemistry Update to Minecraft: Education, plus new science curricula for MakeCode for Minecraft.

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