Microsoft’s Windows 11 just released earlier this year with major changes and overhauls in features. Now, at their Reimagine event, the company has announced it’s plan to launch Windows 11 SE, which is essentially Windows 11 for schools. However, this doesn’t end here! Microsoft has also announced a new Microsoft Surface Laptop SE alongside. Again, this new laptop is a budget laptop offering for education purposes basically, schools. This moves shows Microsoft intentions to defend its market-leading Windows franchise, by launching lower-cost computers. That might help counter the threat from Google’s Chrome OS. Let’s take a look at more details on the Windows 11 SE, Laptop SE below:
Microsoft Windows 11 SE
Now, this OS comes with slight changes to Windows 11. Mostly, it is optimized for the Microsoft Surface Laptop SE. Features that can be unnecessary or distracting for students have been removed, like multiple Snap Layouts and Widgets. Instead, new defaults are now in place. For example: automatic data backup documents to Microsoft OneDrive. It is for easier access to data for students when they go home. Apps like Office, Teams, OneNote, Minecraft for Education, and Flipgrid will come pre-installed.
Furthermore, Windows 11 SE will also support third-party apps, including those like Zoom and Chrome. With this, schools can easily configure what all they want to install on the systems and when to upgrade these apps. Windows 11 SE also accepts Chrome extensions.
Meanwhile, Microsoft says that OEMs likes Asus, HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo are already working on Windows 11 SE laptops which should arrive in the coming months.
Microsoft Surface Laptop SE
This new SE variant is the company’s low-cost laptop to take on the popular Chromebooks and Apple iPads out there. It is a dedicated product for students and schools and will only be sold as such. However, the company has not announced a specific launch date for its as yet but has hinted at its arrival in early 2022.
Even though it’s an entry-level laptop, it retains some of the elements of the Surface Laptop Go, like the keyboard and the trackpad. The device features an all-plastic built and will come with standard screws at the base so that the IT admins in schools can replace corrupt components easily. Microsoft will also sell spare parts to schools for this ease of reparability.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop SE comes with an 11.6-inch display that sports 1366×768 pixels resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Intel Celeron N4020 or Celeron N412 and comes with an option of 4GB RAM or 8GB RAM along with 64GB or 128GB of storage.
Connectivity on the Microsoft Surface Laptop SE includes one USB-A port, one USB-C port, a DC connector, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The laptop also comes with a 1-megapixel camera at the front for video calls.