Recently, Microsoft has created headlines and it is all for good reasons. It announced the launch of four new school-focused Windows 10 laptops. With this, the company also unveiled its plans to offer free access to Office 365 Education to school teachers in 146 countries globally. Lastly, it declared the several developments for the STEM, including new curricula for Computer Science with Mine-craft, partnerships for Mixed Reality headsets, and a new Chemistry update.
Now, a bit detailing on all the endeavor:
Microsoft has unveiled in all total four laptops, two from Lenovo and two developed by JP. Mainly keeping in mind the budget-oriented approach for school students, the Lenovo range starts at just $189 i.e. roughly ₹12,100 for the Lenovo 100e. It is powered by an Intel Celeron Apollo Lake processor, coupled with a minimum of 2GB LPDDR4 RAM. Also with this, it boasts of an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768 pixels) anti-glare display. The laptop states a battery life up to 10 hours and has a weight of 1.22 kg.
The second i.e. the Lenovo 300e 2-in-1 convertible PC has also been announced in the Microsoft Education range. This laptop is powered by an Intel Pentium processor, coupled with a minimum of 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and a minimum of 16GB eMMC storage. This laptop states an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768 pixels) 10-point multitouch display with Active Pen support. It is also backed by a battery life up to 8 hours. The Lenovo 300e has been priced, starting at $279 roughly amounting to ₹17,800.
With these, there are also other two laptops, in the Microsoft Education range, from JP that have been launched. The Classmate Leap T303 laptop with Windows Hello support starting at $199 i.e. around ₹12,700 and the Trigono V401 2-in-1 starting at $299, equivalent to ₹19,100. Also, this one comes with a pen and touch support.
Office 365 Education:
This is quite a noble initiative by Microsoft when it announced that it would be extending free access to Office 365 Education to teachers in 146 countries. Apart from that, a number of new education-based updates are also about to set to arrive on Microsoft Office next month. These include Microsoft Learning Tools to help students improve their comprehension skills, assignment and grade integration on OneNote Class Notebook, access to classroom digital hub Teams on iOS and Android, and enabling teachers to publish PowerPoint slides to Teams classrooms.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is quite an important area of focus for Microsoft Education. For this, Microsoft is partnering with BBC Worldwide to bring the natural history film Oceans, Our Blue Planet to classrooms and museums.
Further initiatives state a partnership with LEGO Education to incorporate a new free online hacking STEM lesson plan that enables students to do things like measure topography in 2D/ 3D space, build tools with LEGO bricks, create transportation plans, and more.
Above all, Microsoft has also partnered with other education providers that would roll out compatible curriculum for Windows Mixed Reality headsets and Microsoft HoloLens headsets. A limited period pricing would be available for academic students and professors from January 22 till May 31. Commercial and Developer HoloLens variants would be made available for a 10 percent discount in selected markets where the headset ships.
To end with, a new Chemistry Update would be rolled out for the STEM in Spring 2018. It would be enabled for teachers and students to use Minecraft to help learn and understand the subject better.