Microsoft has introduced at #MicrosoftEDU the Surface Laptop and also Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S devices are aiming to education sector and schools.
Windows 10 S – only apps from Windows Store
In it’s first part of the presentation, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 S (S stand for school), an operating system running on cheap hardware and addressing the education market. These devices are competitors to Google’s Chromebooks.
Windows 10 PCs for the education market will be available from several OEM for 189 US $ onwards. Windows 10 S is preinstalled for free, and the OS is free for schools for its Windows Pro PCs. The package contains also a free Microsoft Office 365 for Education and a one year Minecraft for education subscription.
Windows 10 S is only capable to run apps from Windows Store – but it’s possible to update such a machine Windows 10 Pro. A feature comparison and also answers to many questions may be found at this Microsoft web site.
A special app enables administrators to create USB sticks with an Windows 10 S installation images. Microsoft Intune for Education will be used to administrate the devices with Windows 10 S. More articles about Windows 10 S may be found here, and here.
Surface Laptop starts at 999 US $
Microsoft also introduced the Surface Laptop, a notebook with an 13.5 inch PixelSense Display (3.4 million pixels) which is 9.9 to 14.47 mm thick.
The notebook weights 1,200 grams and comes with one USB 3.0 Type A connector. The specs may be found at this Microsoft page. The variant with Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel® HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD starts at 999 US $. Further articles may be found here and here.