Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:51 UTC

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[2]: Won't fly due to cost...
by TemporalBeing on Wed 24th Jan 2018 05:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Won't fly due to cost..."
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"Sure it's $189 with Win10S; but Win10S is extremely limited so you're basically forced to either move to Linux (yeah!) or shell out more money for an upgrade to Windows which will likely require more resources than the device can support.

Win10S is limited to what Schools need them to run. Schools don't have to shell out more money for an upgrade to Windows. "Regular Windows" doesn't require more resources than "Windows S".
Photoshop probably requires more resources than these devices have, that is why you are supposed to run Photoshop Express on Windows S

if you think only running one or two applications at a time is worth it, not having AD control in an enterprise environment, etc...then yeah I guess Win10 S is okay for schools...

But any school that uses Windows is going to have an AD setup to manage users, patches, etc - so no, Win10 S isn't sufficient. But then, they won't be relying on what comes on it - they'll be installing from their Educational Volume License that is costing them a ton of money each year.

But these aspects will make or break the devices.
No, there effectiveness for schools will make or break these devices (and Windows S).
Saying that "the success of a Windows S device is depending on how well it can be changed into a non-Windows S device" is silly [/q]

These devices are not effective for schools; their target audience won't be educational markets - it'll be home users ultimately, and may be small businesses.

Sure, they'll talk it up to education, but educators won't take 'em.

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