Microsoft Takes On Chromebooks With $189 Laptop For Schools

Microsoft launches new education PCs and apps from $189

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

An update to the immersive game Minecraft: Education Edition, created to engage students in chemistry through virtual experimentation and other tasks. It's about providing digital tools for teachers and students, not replacing learning and teaching but enhancing it.

Microsoft unveiled four new Windows 10 devices that are all supposed to offer more than Chrome OS.

It was at this time past year that Microsoft took the wraps off four other educational units.

Despite Microsoft's changes, "Chromebooks are expected to maintain US market leadership", Davis said in an e-mail.

Microsoft is partnering with the world's largest education company, Pearson, to bring a new range of VR and AR educational experiences to the HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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"Affordability is the top priority for many schools", said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's corporate vice president for the Windows and device group, in a blog post detailing the new changes.

Microsoft is also offering professional development to train teachers to get the most out of the devices, but this is only available in the U.S. The training is included with the purchase of Microsoft 365 Education, as long as at least 30 A1 licenses are purchased between February 1 and December 31, 2018.

Microsoft also announced a slew of new and improved personalized learning tools this week - from built-in dictation technology to expanded functionality of the Immersive Reader. Meanwhile Teams are now accessible on iOS and Android so students and teachers can both stay on top of assignments.

Finally, Microsoft knows that HoloLens can be kind of expensive, so it's also offering some discounted academic pricing for schools starting on 22 January.

A big part of today's Office updates is the new update to OneNote Class Notebook. A similar arrangement is being made between Microsoft and a provider of student information systems in United Kingdom, SIMS Capita. The company even built a different version of the game specifically for use in classrooms, with interactive features like real-time classroom collaboration, progress tracking abilities for each student, and more. The update would be free for everyone using Minecraft: Education Edition. The Chemistry Update is meant to be for students of all ages, so it includes different levels that will be suitable for a kid just discovering chemistry or a teenager.

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