Among Windows 11 SE devices, the new Surface Laptop SE, made specifically for students and starting at $249, and Intel and AMD powered by Acer, ASUS, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP, JP-IK, Lenovo and Positivo models are included.
“We’ve heard from educators that they need options that run on simpler, safer and more affordable devices,” Paige Johnson, vice president of Education Marketing, said in a blog post. “This expanded portfolio complements our existing Windows 11 devices for learning and gives schools even more options to have the tools, insights and controls they need to deliver optimal learning experiences at a price that expands access to Microsoft performance, security and reliability. ”
Microsoft expects the majority of devices to be available to order through education channels this year and by 2022, in line with the education purchasing season.
Although most of Microsoft’s education solutions work on any device, the best experiences come together on a Windows PC. Company, Windows 11 aims to offer more performance, options and flexibility for students and teachers than ever before. Windows 11 SE is built to complement existing Windows 11 devices for learning and based on feedback from teachers who need a simple, distraction-free environment for students. The operating system is thus secure, easy to deploy, and designed to perform at its best all day in the changing conditions of a school year. At least that’s what Microsoft claims.
Windows 11 SE is optimized for the most popular education experiences, including Microsoft 365 apps that support both online and offline features. In the US, more than 16 million K-12 public school students do not have permanent internet access outside of school1. That’s about a third of the projected public school student population in 2022. Microsoft believes that lack of access shouldn’t limit learning for these kids. In this context, Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and OneDrive will be available offline on Windows 11 SE devices as part of the Microsoft 365 license. OneDrive will store files locally on each device so students can access them when they’re offline. When they return to school with Internet access, Windows 11 SE will automatically equate offline changes.
Windows 11 SE also comes with extensive support for web-based learning applications. Popular extensions and other web-based tools also work well with Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge also aims to make internet content accessible to more students by bringing built-in tools like Immersive Reader directly into the browser. Windows 11 SE also supports third-party apps, including Zoom and Chrome. Microsoft also says it will continue to expand support for third-party apps to include exam, accessibility, content filtering, and classroom editing apps.
For IT administrators, Windows Autopilot provides hands-free device deployment, while Intune for Education offers a simple and secure cloud management solution that allows the IT administrator to deploy and manage Windows 11 SE devices from anywhere, out of the box. When managed via the cloud, devices are always up to date. It updates silently, automatically, and outside of the classroom via policies set in Intune for Education to minimize disruption while providing the latest security and reliability updates. Intune for Education will also enable IT administrators to securely deliver the right practices and policies to every student device. To help secure the device and students, only IT administrators will be able to download and install apps and services directly on the device.