The usual suspects are all here! Microsoft revitalized its education efforts with Windows 11 SE, a new variant of its operating system designed to power K-8 classrooms the world over.
Redmond even unveiled a new member of the Surface family powered by the OS, the Surface Laptop SE.
But its OEM partners are the ones that will be doing the heavy lifting here to make the new operating system a success. Companies like Acer, ASUS, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP, JP-IK, Lenovo, and Positivo, have promised to provide the most integral piece of the puzzle — new hardware.
Following Microsoft’s announcement of Windows 11 SE, these device makers have all lined up their machines to help Redmond reenter the education segment with more viable products.
Paige Johnson, vice president of Education Marketing:
“We have heard from educators that they need options that are simpler, secure and work on more affordable devices. This expanded portfolio complements our current Windows 11 devices for learning, providing even more choices for schools to have the tools, insights and controls they need to deliver optimal learning experiences, at a price that broadens access to Microsoft performance, security and reliability.”
Both AMD and Intel will be powering these devices, as expected.
The software titan has also put up a list of early Windows 11 SE devices, which you can check here. Some 10 machines are available, with prices ranging from a limited time offer of $219 all the way up to the highs of $379 for the most capable hardware.
This list is expected to grow in 2022, as more educational institutions and IT administrators get in on Windows 11 SE, and alongside it, solutions like Microsoft Intune for Education and Windows Autopilot.