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Microsoft partners with Lenovo for cheap school laptops

Microsoft partners with Lenovo for cheap school laptops

JP is a Portuguese device maker that Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices group, described as one of the company's "largest partners in emerging markets", in a January 22 announcement. READ NEXT:Google launches service to automate machine learning "Our ongoing commitment to empower every student to create the world of tomorrow continues today with several new announcements for education", said Microsoft. The company introduced a range of different, affordable Windows 10 S laptops previous year, and it's introducing four new Windows 10 laptops from Lenovo and JP today to further expand the lineup. You can buy a usable Chromebook for under $200, and a fancy one goes for $500. Microsoft said it's developing several updates for Windows 10 and Office 365 which will make the combination more attractive to teachers and students. But in their new announcement, they also acknowledged that price point weighs heavily on many school buyers.

In an interview, Microsoft Vice President for Worldwide Education Anthony Salcito said the company has collected feedback from its K-12 users about what it can do better-and it is responding.

With most Chromebooks priced at $200 or less, it's not hard to see why the devices have found a dedicated fanbase among writers, college students, educators and casual Internet users. "Easier to manage. Easier to support".

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.

At an event in London, Microsoft and its manufacturing partners announced a new generation of cheap Windows 10 S devices aimed at the education market. The companies say the move will give teachers broader classroom management tools within Office 365.

Microsoft's Minecraft game is hugely popular with kids and students. The company will roll out a new Chemistry update for Minecraft: Education Edition this spring.

A broader series of changes to STEM-focused products. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools. But in the U.S., Chrome OS is continuing to outpace Windows in the K-12 education arena, according to the latest data from Futuresource Consulting. Microsoft is also hoping to get mixed reality into more classrooms now that Windows Mixed Reality immersive VR headsets can be bought for as little as $299.

Clearly, numerous changes are being made with Google squarely in mind, said Davis.

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