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Here’s Windows 10 S, a classroom-friendly version aimed at fighting off Chromebooks

At a Microsoft event in New York City, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella and Windows honcho Terry Myerson are presiding over announcements that include Windows 10 S, a new version aimed at classroom use. It has a number of features intended to help schools manage Windows machines more easily—thereby increasing its competitiveness with Google’s Chromebooks, … Continue reading “Here’s Windows 10 S, a classroom-friendly version aimed at fighting off Chromebooks”

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At a Microsoft event in New York City, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella and Windows honcho Terry Myerson are presiding over announcements that include Windows 10 S, a new version aimed at classroom use. It has a number of features intended to help schools manage Windows machines more easily—thereby increasing its competitiveness with Google’s Chromebooks, which have become a major force in education:

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• Windows 10 S is designed to run as well at the end of the school year as it did at the start, rather than degrading.

• It will only run apps from Microsoft’s Windows Store; if you try to install one that isn’t there, it will suggest alternatives.

• “Set Up My School PCs” lets an administrator create a thumb drive that will automatically configure PCs to the school’s liking.

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• “Intune for Education” management software lets a school do things like turn off all its PCs’ cameras.

• PC makers such as Dell, HP, and Acer will offer Windows 10 S PCs starting at $189; schools with Windows Pro PCs will be able to get the new OS for free.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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