According to AdDuplex, Windows 11 shares almost doubled in a month. The latest Windows 10 November 2021 update has already scored 3.7%. The total percentage of Windows 11 is 8.9%. And although Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE is still being rolled out in stages, dedicated software developers are already using this version with might and main.
But there is another exciting news against this background. Microsoft is releasing a new version for schools and other educational institutions. Windows 11 SE is a platform designed specifically for low-cost laptops aimed at elementary and high school students. It is also accompanied by the new Surface Laptop SE, which will also be sold directly to schools.
Parent company Windows says Windows 11 SE was designed and built during the pandemic to address some of the most fundamental challenges schools will face in the world of blended learning. Distance learning has challenged the company, and Microsoft has found an excellent way out of the situation.
The new school software improves productivity by optimizing resources on low-cost devices for a more comprehensive learning experience and is easy to deploy and manage.
Learning More About Windows 11 SE
The developers of this system have relied on Google’s ChromeOS. Windows 11 SE is optimized for Microsoft apps like Office, Edge browser, OneDrive, and other cloud services. That being said, the SE version doesn’t restrict users to only download apps from the Windows App Store, which is also in line with the more open approach that Microsoft has been taking lately.
As Microsoft notes, Windows 11 SE Education was created for teachers who want a simple, distraction-free environment for their students and school IT administrators who wish to secure, easy-to-deploy, and manage devices.
Windows 11 SE also supports third-party apps, including Zoom and Chrome, giving schools the ability to choose which ones work best for them. At the same time, the company is looking to expand support for third-party applications to include the most popular applications for testing and filtering content in the classroom.
Interestingly, the platform will also have features that allow IT, administrators, to deploy and manage devices remotely and right out of the box. And this means that any IT company like MLSDev will be able to configure the functionality for each educational institution separately.
Windows 11 SE will not feature widgets, which is one of the core features of Windows 11. Also, unlike Windows 11, Microsoft Edge in the new audience-focused version will automatically recognize Chrome extensions. It is disabled in regular versions of Windows 11, but given the success of ChromeOS in overseas education markets, this may make it easier to upgrade to Windows 11 SE.
What Is Surface SE Laptop?
Windows 11 SE is accompanied by the Surface Laptop SE, which starts at $249 in the US. Unlike the beefy specs of most Surface laptops, the base Surface Laptop SE will be powered by an Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. The Surface Laptop SE is well below even the Surface Go 3, which makes the product cheaper, and the company claims it delivers 16 hours of battery life in “normal use.”
Author’s bio: Anastasiia Lastovetska is a technology writer at MLSDev, a software development company that builds web & mobile app solutions from scratch. She researches the area of technology to create great content about app development, UX/UI design, tech & business consulting.