Microsoft has recently announced a number of new products and software features to allow collaboration and teamwork within the classroom.
The first, and perhaps most important new announcement from Microsoft was the introduction of Windows 10 S. This new version of Windows is essentially a stripped down version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 S
The new Windows 10 S has been designed with inspiration from the Chrome OS. The Windows 10 OS has been lightened to make it work on less powerful hardware. Similar to how the Chrome OS only runs the Chrome Browser and apps from the Chrome web store. The Windows Store will be the main pit stop for Windows 10 users. As well as, Microsoft Edge will be the default web browser.
The new Windows 10 S will cost $189 for a license and has been specifically made for low cost Windows laptops and tablets. Included in the license cost will be a free subscription to Minecraft Education Edition. In addition to that, there will be free copy of Microsoft Office 365 for Education.
To make the transition for schools with existing PCs easier, Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 S to all devices with a Windows 10 Pro license.
On the other side of the fence, Microsoft will also allow all owners of new Windows 10 OS devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
This could potentially be a step in the right direction for Microsoft’s endeavour towards better computers for education. Let’s hope the upcoming Windows 10 S devices are affordable enough for both schools and students.
More details on Windows 10 OS are here