Microsoft Targets Schools With £135 Windows 10 PCs & Education Software Updates

Microsoft Goes After Chromebooks With $189 Windows 10 Notebooks

Microsoft has an edge globally when it comes to classroom PCs, but the Google Chrome OS rules in the U.S. To capture that important market and take on Google's low-priced Chromebooks, Microsoft has partnered with Lenovo and JP to launch a new series of cheap PCs, which starts from just $189. Last May, Microsoft fired its shot across the bow with Windows 10 S - a dumbed-down version of its operating system meant to take on the Chromebook with ultra-cheap hardware.

Despite Microsoft's changes, "Chromebooks are expected to maintain USA market leadership", Davis said in an e-mail.

The cheapest all of the devices announced today is the new Lenovo 100e, powered by the Intel Celeron Apollo Lake, starting at only $189. Microsoft and Lenovo also took the wraps off the Lenovo 300e, a convertible PC that can enter tablet mode and features stylus support.

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Microsoft has unveiled lower-cost laptop devices and revamped features within its classroom-productivity tools, a series of changes that come as the corporation battles Google and Apple for supremacy in the school market.

Finally, the company also revealed a chemistry update for Minecraft: Education Edition, a push toward more 3D experiences through more affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and new STEM learning partnerships.

Outside the U.S., Windows continues to be the dominant education platform.

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

The fine print: Qualified K-12 schools that purchase 30 or more Microsoft 365 A1 licenses are eligible for free training up to a maximum of 3 days, provided by select, qualified Microsoft Education Training Partners. It's about providing digital tools for teachers and students, not replacing learning and teaching but enhancing it. Dictation will be available across Word, Word Online, PowerPoint, Outlook Desktop, OneNote for Windows 10, and OneNote online in more than nine languages. Tholfsen said those six apps, which will cover six academic subjects, will be rolled out in March. Users of Microsoft Teams for Education will now have access to their classroom on Team from their iOS or Android device and be able to keep track of all the conversations, assignments, shared files, and more from their smartphones.

A big part of today's Office updates is the new update to OneNote Class Notebook.

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