Software giant Microsoft is getting ready to host a new education event in the coming days, November 9 to be exact, which is just two days away.
The company has not revealed a lot of information in relation to the event, but the latest announcement from the company hints at education-related features or updates for Windows.
Microsoft’s statement reveals quite less “Join us at 9AM PT on Tuesday, November 9, as we share an inside look at the latest tech solutions while examining gaps in learning left by the pandemic.
Hear from Microsoft partners, school leaders and a few special guests, and learn about new and existing technology from Microsoft Education,”
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Interestingly, this comes just a couple of weeks after the rollout of Microsoft’s new Windows 11 OS and the subsequent upgrades for the Surface devices, with rumors also hinting at new OS update news coming on the day of the event.
Furthermore, the company could also launch a new low-cost budget laptop, featuring the Laptop SE moniker, with Windows Central stating that Microsoft has been working on a no-frills laptop for students.
Microsoft could also unveil a new version of Windows 11 for the education market, which, if reports are correct will feature the Windows 11 SE moniker.
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The laptop will include an 11.6-inch display with Intel’s N4120 Celeron for power, coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. This will cater to K-12 students, with the laptop dropping to the lowest possible cost, sporting just a USB-A and USB-C port in the process.
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In case you are curious, in the past, Microsoft has used this SE moniker for the likes of Windows 98, however, this SE edition of Windows 11 will not be a second generation of the update, rather it will be similar to the S version of Windows 10, which was made for low-cost devices taking the fight to Google’s Chromebooks.
If this is true, then the Windows 11 SE will likely take cues from Chrome OS, which prioritizes ease of use over other features. This will come as another attempt from Microsoft to try and beat Chrome OS and its budget lineup, something which Microsoft has not been successful at for quite some time.
If the Surface Laptop SE desires to take on and successfully claw back Chrome OS’ market, it will have to retail for around $400 or less to make any meaningful dent, given that the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo offer budget laptops.