Microsoft partners with Lenovo for cheap school laptops

23 January, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Grady Montgomery
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In addition to devices, Microsoft is adding new capabilities to Office 365 for Education. It announced a new version of Minecraft aimed at educators today, along with discounts on its augmented reality products, which it sees as another differentiator between Windows devices and Chromebooks. Microsoft and Lenovo also took the wraps off the Lenovo 300e, a convertible PC that can enter tablet mode and features stylus support. Microsoft didn't provide any details about the hardware in any of the machines beside the Lenovo 100e or what software they'd be using, but we suspect they might be based on Intel Apollo Lake or Gemini Lake SoCs and run the Windows 10 S operating system. The computers have what Microsoft claims to be "long battery life" and wireless connectivity to prevent classroom floors covered with extension cords and networking cables.

Microsoft unveiled four new Windows 10 devices that are all supposed to offer more than Chrome OS.

Microsoft is continuing to increase its focus on schools and education with a number of new software and services updates which company officials are announcing at the Bett IT in education conference in London this week.

Microsoft will also supply Office 365 for Education free for teachers in 146 countries around the world.

The new Chemistry update for Minecraft: Education Edition includes this compound creator and an element constructor.

In nationwide survey results released by EdWeek Market Brief previous year, K-12 officials said they preferred Chromebooks to Microsoft and Apple products in a number of areas, especially affordability. Microsoft also is expanding the company's Immersive Reader assistive technology to Word for Mac, iPhone, Outlook Desktop, OneNote iPad and OneNote Mac. 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.

Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint can now be recorded-including slides, video and narrations-and published to the Microsoft Teams communication platform, a change Microsoft says will help give students easier access to teaching materials and lessons. The apps work with Microsoft HoloLens and will be rolled out across the year. For most schools, price is one of the biggest driving factors when you're buying systems in bulk.


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