Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Windows 10 is getting new privacy tools in the next major update

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New, lower-cost devices that run Windows 10 operating systems, including a Lenovo 100e for $189, with other models with prices below $300.

"Our new Windows 10 devices won't force schools to compromise on features, giving schools cutting-edge tools like touch, inking, and 3D as well as free accessibility technology like Learning Tools, which improve reading comprehension by 10 percentile points for students of all abilities".

Microsoft has unveiled lower-cost laptop devices and revamped features within its classroom-productivity tools, a series of changes that come as the corporation battles Google and Apple for supremacy in the school market. The company introduced a range of different, affordable Windows 10 S laptops previous year, and it's introducing four new Windows 10 laptops from Lenovo and JP today to further expand the lineup.

With most Chromebooks priced at $200 or less, it's not hard to see why the devices have found a dedicated fanbase among writers, college students, educators and casual Internet users. Lenovo will offer the $189 device in the form of the e100 Windows 10 laptop complete with 11.6-inch display, Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of storage, and 10 hour battery life.

The new Lenovo laptops are also joined by two similar devices from JP.

That said, the software alone could be worth more than $200. They also go into free Professional Development for schools using Microsoft 365 Education, to train teachers how to get the most from the new technology.

Say what you will about Chromebooks, there's little question that Google's low-priced offerings have reignited edtech. 10% off the HoloLens still doesn't make the device affordable at all for most schools, though.

Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, a collection of handouts and shared work for classes, has been updated to include assignment and grade integration with the most widely used School Information Systems in the UK, SIMS Capita, and U.S., PowerSchool. For students, the company is adding a new dictation feature to ease writing and an update to Minecraft: Education Edition that will enable them to carry out virtual chemistry experiments.

Microsoft has agreed new partnerships with Lego Education, the BBC, PBS, NASA and Pearson, which will release six "mixed reality" applications for health, history, chemistry and maths. Microsoft also is making Teams - its Slack competitor - accessible on iOS and Android, as part of its quest to make Teams the "digital hub for the classroom". The company added that over 15 million new student notebooks have been made in OneNote Class Notebook since the start of the current academic year, indicating Microsoft's cloud suite is gaining a noticeable share of the education market.

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