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By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft


Ahead of next week's Bett UK education conference, Microsoft is showcasing new and refreshed Windows 10 PCs..




Microsoft plans to showcase new and refreshed Windows 10 PCs aimed at the education market during next week's Bett UK education conference. In addition to announcing a partnership with T-Mobile that will provide select U.S. school districts with 4G LTE SIM coverage, Microsoft also will be talking up the benefits of cell-powered Connected PCs for rural and underserved areas.

The two brand-new Connected PCs that are built and priced especially for the education market which Microsoft is adding to its education portfolio are both coming this summer. They are te JP.IK Turn T101, which will start at $299 and the Positivo Wise N1212S, starting at $575. Both of these devices are ARM-based, as are the other cell-connected Windows 10 devices in Microsoft's education portfolio -- the Surface Pro X, Samsung Galaxy Book S, Maibenben Xioamai X228, Lenovo C630 Yoga, Samsung Galaxy Book 2 and Huawei Matebook E.

Microsoft also is continuing to push Intel-based Windows 10 PCs that aren't cell-connected for the education market. Devices from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, some starting at $199, are getting updated processors, larger screens, pen garages and new indicator lights meant to show whether devices are charged and connected to the Internet.

Microsoft doesn't seem to be talking up its Surface Go tablet at this year's Bett. Microsoft introduced the Intel-based Surface Go (running Windows 10 S)  in the summer of 2018 and has not updated it since. There are rumors that the company could introduce a Surface Go 2 this year, potentially based on the ARM processor. (I have not heard this directly myself, so far at least.)

Microsoft also is not talking yet about its coming Windows 10X operating system or any third-party Windows PCs running 10X as potential competitors to Chromebooks. Microsoft and its OEM partners are expected to ship their first 10X foldable and dual-screen devices later this year. After that, Microsoft is expected to make 10X available on regular clamshell PCs. Windows 10X has a simpler UI, which could make it more appealing on devices aimed at schools.


In addition to showing off new devices from partners at Bett next week, Microsoft will be demonstrating how educators can use PowerPoint Live presentations for training; its Stream video service plus Flipgrid Camera for creating student and/or teacher videos; its just-released new Edge browser; and OneNote Live Captions.



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Microsoft announces 14 new Windows 10 laptops with improved performance, indicator lights and more


Microsoft today announced 14 new affordable Windows 10 devices targeting the education market. These new devices are from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, JP.IK and Positivo and they start at just $199 USD. In addition to improved performance, these laptops also feature indicator lights and pen garage.

  • Faster performance: Seven of our new devices include the newest Intel processor which will give you 46 percent more system performance than before. Students can have multiple web browser tabs open while working on documents and collaborating with classmates without missing a beat.
  • Safekeeping for pens: One of the biggest complaints we hear from educators is that – while they love the benefits of having students write directly on their device screens – pens get lost frequently. But great news! In addition to a number of devices that include ways to tether pens, the newest Acer TravelMate Spin B3 and Lenovo 300e also have a pen “garage” built into the device so it’s less likely to wander off.
  • Indicator lights to show student progress: Teachers, have you ever wished you could look at the classroom from your desk or podium and see which students are good to go on their devices? Now you can! Five of our newest devices will include a built-in LED indicator light on the back of the device that can be used to indicate whether a device is charged and connected to the internet. Simply look for the light!

“These new devices mark a big milestone in bringing equitable educational opportunities to students around the world, but it’s just the beginning,” said Microsoft.


Source: Microsoft



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