Microsoft releases Windows 11 SE and Surface Laptop SE designed for education

On November 10, Microsoft officially launched Windows 11 SE system in the latest educational activities, to be installed in multi-brand educational notebooks. At the same time, Microsoft also introduced a cheaper Surface Laptop SE laptop.

Windows 11 SE is optimized for the most commonly used educational experiences, including the Microsoft 365 app, which supports both online and offline features. Microsoft Office applications (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and OneDrive) can be used offline on Windows 11 SE devices as part of a Microsoft 365 license. OneDrive stores files locally on each device for students to access them when they are offline. Once they return to school via Internet access, Windows 11 SE will automatically sync the offline changes.

Windows 11 SE is also widely compatible with web-based learning applications. With the Edge browser, the most popular extensions and other web-based tools work well. The Edge browser also comes with built-in tools like Immersive Reader, allowing more students to access content from the Internet. Windows 11 SE is also compatible with third-party apps, including Zoom and Chrome, and is committed to continuing to expand third-party app support to include the most common testing, accessibility, content filtering, and classroom scheduling apps.

For IT administrators, Windows Autopilot provides zero-touch device deployment, while Intune for Education provides a simple and secure cloud management solution that enables IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows 11 SE devices out of the box from anywhere. place. When managed through the cloud, the device is always up to date. They are silently and automatically updated outside of class through policies set in Intune for Education to minimize disruption while providing the latest security and reliability updates. Intune for Education also enables IT administrators to securely provide the appropriate apps and policies for each student device. To help ensure the safety of computers and students, only IT administrators can directly download and install applications and services on the computer.

Main features:
Windows 11 SE has a more simplified user interface, which can minimize interference and focus on education;

There is no Microsoft Store for Windows 11 SE, so IT educators can control which apps and tools students download. Windows 11 SE has built-in enhancements to optimize the performance of low-cost hardware;

You cannot upgrade or downgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 11 SE;

Cannot install Windows 11 SE locally via ISO image;

The system requirements for Windows 11 SE are basically the same as for Windows 11, but the memory and hard disk capacity requirements are lower.

Microsoft said that “SE” in Windows 11 SE is not actually an abbreviation for anything, just to distinguish it from other versions of the operating system.

Windows 11 SE itself targets the educational environment, especially the K-8 market.

At the same time, Microsoft also released a cheaper Surface Laptop SE laptop for educational users.

Surface Laptop SE is equipped with an 11.6-inch screen, 720p HD front camera, and stereo speakers.

Microsoft said that some parts of the system, including the UEFI code, have been tuned specifically for the Surface Laptop SE to maximize battery life, with a battery life of up to 16 hours.

According to the specifications announced later, the Surface Laptop SE weighs 1.11 kg, has an all-plastic body, supports 135-degree opening and closing, is equipped with a 11.6-inch TFT LCD screen, 1366 x 768 resolution ( 135 PPI), and an aspect ratio of 16: 9.

Surface Laptop SE can choose Intel Celeron N4020, N4120 processor and 4GB or 8GB DDR4 memory, storage is 64GB or 128GB eMMC, equipped with TPM and security lock, equipped with Microsoft 365 Education Edition.

Additionally, the Surface Laptop SE is smaller and thicker, equipped with USB-A, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, power port, and more.

Surface Laptop SE is priced at US $ 249 (approximately 1,591.11 yuan) and will launch alongside educational notebooks from Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP, JK-IP, Lenovo and Positivo, with Windows operating system. 11 SE. It is expected to be included in the list later this year or early 2024.