Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:51 UTC
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Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron Apollo Lake chips, so it’s a low-cost netbook essentially, designed for schools. Lenovo is also introducing its 300e, a 2-in-1 laptop with pen support, priced at $279. The new Lenovo devices are joined by two from JP, with a Windows Hello laptop priced at $199 and a pen and touch device at $299. All four laptops will be targeted towards education, designed to convince schools not to switch to Chromebooks.

I'm not sure if these wil persuade schools away from Chromebooks, but assuming non-education customers can get them as well, they may be great little machines for running secondary operating systems on.

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RE[3]: Again?
by BlueofRainbow on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Again?"
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There is also a major shift in the applications used for school work.

I have two kids who have been four grades apart going through middle school and high school.

For the oldest, using MS Office was pretty much the expectation for the production of home work.

For the youngest, using Google "Office Equivalent" is pretty much mandatory for the production of home work. Given the amount of typing involved, the notebook form factor is preferable over the tablet form factor.

This is for less than five years difference.....

While end-users may look at the cost per device, schools also have to look at the cost of the supporting infrastructure and its management. Without looking at that aspect, it is difficult to say if Schools which switched to a ChromeOS based infrastructure will consider switching back to a Windows based one.

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