Low-priced hardwareMicrosoft attended the Bett education show in London today, unveiling with its partners a selection of new school computers meant to fend off Google's Chromebooks. Microsoft said it's developing several updates for Windows 10 and Office 365 which will make the combination more attractive to teachers and students. One of these devices is the $189 Lenovo 100E which will include an Intel Apollo Lake Celeron CPU.
Microsoft unveiled four new Windows 10 devices that are all supposed to offer more than Chrome OS. There is also the $279 Lenovo 300e, an affordable 2-in-1 convertible PC complete with Windows Ink and pen support. New Windows 10 devices, new Office 365 for Education features, and new Mixed Reality education and HoloLens incentives highlight the announcements.
Each of these new devices are spill resistant and ruggedized, and has been created to have have long battery life and 2x2 Wi-Fi for faster connectivity.More news: Kendrick Lamar to perform at Darien Lake June 3
Microsoft is continuing to increase its focus on schools and education with a number of new software and services updates which company officials are announcing at the Bett IT in education conference in London this week.
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.
Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint can now be recorded-including slides, video and narrations-and published to the Microsoft Teams communication platform, a change Microsoft says will help give students easier access to teaching materials and lessons.More news: AIG to acquire Validus for $5.56bn
Microsoft is also making some Mixed Reality content available for both the HoloLens and the range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The company is expanding mixed reality curriculum offerings thanks to a new partnership with WGBH's Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project.
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 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".
In March, BBC Worldwide will be releasing a HoloLens/MR version of Oceans: Our Blue Planet globally for schools and museums, which sounds pretty cool, as well.More news: United States government shutdown ruins SpaceX plans for a Falcon Heavy test fire