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Who will win the K-12 education market — Google v/s Microsoft

25 Enero 2018

Microsoft is making a play against the classroom-famous Chromebooks.

"Affordability is the top priority for many schools", said Yusuf Mehdi, head of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group.

So today, Microsoft announced a number of new Windows 10 devices that cost as little as $189.

Both laptops are expected to be available in January.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop.

OneNote Class Notebook will now include assignment and grade integration with the most widely used School Information Systems in the UK. This is quite an innovative laptop by Lenovo which supports Touch and Pen.

The Lenovo 300e Chromebook's price will begin at $279. The new feature will allow teachers to convert pages to a read-only format after providing feedback to students. It has teamed up with its hardware partners to develop affordable Windows-powered notebooks aimed at the education sector. Fortunately, the 300e runs on a latest Windows 10 Operating System. The Trigono V401 carries a price tag of $300. MediaTek's MTK8173C processor powers the device, though the Windows model features Intel's Apollo Lake processors. They are carrying a price tag of $199 and $299. A HDMI out is built-in to the Chromebook, as well as a battery capable of giving up to 10 hours of battery life.

Who will win the K-12 education market — Google v/s Microsoft

Microsoft is offering Windows 10 Home or Pro, or a streamlined, lighter Windows 10 S on its new laptops. And, worldwide, Windows still reigns supreme: In that same third quarter of 2017, Windows accounted for 66.5% of global K-12 classroom PC shipments. It also charges over Type-C. These applications make writing and collaborating with your classmates more easier.

"With Microsoft 365 Education schools can get our complete software solution with free Office 365 Education and starting next month, with purchase of certain Microsoft 365 Education licenses, they can also get free Professional Development to help train teachers on how to get the most from their new technology", notes Microsoft. Company's Principal Product Manager for Microsoft Education, Mike Tholfsen talked with Engadget.

This model will come with an available 8GB RAM and 64GB of storage but there's one more feature on the 500e that is a first for the EDU Chromebook segment.

Last year, we saw the launch of Microsoft Teams for Education and a lot of education-focused updates for the entire Office suite.

What do you guys think about this new range of budget friendly and cheap laptops from Microsoft?

Would you buy such a PC for studying?

Who will win the K-12 education market — Google v/s Microsoft