microsoft announces windows 11 se, surface laptop se: all you need to know

Microsoft has introduced Windows 11 SE at its Reimagine event, a lighter version of Windows 11 specifically designed for educational purposes. The operating system is meant for low-cost laptops and systems that are specially designed for students or teachers. Microsoft says that it has been optimised for Microsoft powered apps.

Alongside, the company has also launched the Surface Laptop SE, its first-ever hardware attempt at taking on the Chromebook. An entry-level offering in Microsoft’s Surface lineup, the Surface Laptop SE will be sold exclusively to students and schools. Surface Laptop SE wil start retailing at $249 in the US.

Combined, both the offerings are meant to enhance the teaching and learning experience in schools. For this, Microsoft also promises new features and tools that will help both teachers and students using these products.

Windows 11 SE

microsoft announces windows 11 se, surface laptop se: all you need to know
© Provided by India Today Microsoft Windows 11 SE

Windows 11 SE comes with slight changes to Windows 11. Some of the features which were deemed unnecessary or distracting for students have been removed, like multiple Snap Layouts and Widgets. New defaults have been placed, like automatic data backup documents to Microsoft OneDrive 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.

Interestingly, 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.

Windows 11 SE has been designed for low-cost devices and 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.

Surface Laptop SE

microsoft announces windows 11 se, surface laptop se: all you need to know
© Provided by India Today Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

The Surface Laptop SE laptop is Microsoft’s dedicated product for students and schools and will only be sold as such. The company has not announced a specific launch date for its as yet but has hinted at its arrival in early 2022.

Powered by Windows 11 SE, Surface Laptop SE comes as an entry-level laptop that 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.

As for its specifications, the 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 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.

Surface Laptop SE will be available in the US, UK, Canada, and Japan.

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