Microsoft has announced that the first low-cost Windows 10 S devices are now available for schools to purchase. Starting today, Microsoft says (opens in new tab), schools can get their hands on the Lenovo N23 and N24 for $249 and $279, respectively (via Neowin).
These two are just the start, however. Microsoft also highlighted the following devices that will be coming soon with Windows 10 S on board:
- ASUS Vivobook W202 ($279 USD), available in the US
- Dell Latitude 3180 ($229 USD) and 3189 ($299), available in the US and Canada
- Fujitsu LIFEBOOK P727 ($999 USD), available in the US and Canada
- HP ProBook x360 11EE ($299 USD), available in the US, UK and Australia
Of course, the very first Windows 10 S device to hit the market was the Surface Laptop, which debuted in May. Its $999 price tag makes it out of reach for most school uses, however, which is where these low-cost Windows 10 S devices from other manufacturers come in.
It's also worth noting that Microsoft has provided an easy-to-use installer that allows schools to install and test Windows 10 S (opens in new tab) on eligible PCs that already have Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro Education, Windows 10 Education, or Windows 10 Enterprise installed. If you're an IT administrator, this is intended to be a handy way to test and provide feedback on Windows 10 S on a variety of devices in use at your school.
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Hopefully it's not too late, given the number of schools that just bought boatloads of HP Chromebooks over the last few years.
yep. agreed. Might be too late. Since they should have had this going as soon as the chrome book thing started kicking off, not 3 years on...typical microsoft.
Well, they tried more than 3 years ago. It was called Windows RT, a similar concept and it was perfect for schools honestly. Needed lower price points, better marketing, and an actually decent Windows Store (which we have now). Support for select desktop apps like 10 S would've been good too, but it was not a mature platform then.
The all look pretty thick and ugly compared to a lot of Chromebooks out there. I think they'll need to make a better effort, but we'll see.
Education-focused Chromebooks are thick and ugly too. They need to be sturdy so school kids don't break them.
I agree. Where are the nice looking ones like Acer Chromebook 14 and Toshiba Chromebook 2?
Wouldn't any standard Windows 10 laptop fill that role?
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