Microsoft formalizes an SE edition

After the rumors, Microsoft formalizes a Windows 11 SE edition. The meaning of SE retains its share of mystery, if not a means of differentiation from other editions like Home and Pro. The Redmond group denies a Student Edition, but does confirm a version of its operating system for the education market.

Microsoft describes Windows 11 SE as a cloud-based operating system (for Microsoft services) without sacrificing offline support, with a streamlined design compared to Windows 11 and dedicated management tools. It will be delivered exclusively on low-cost laptops designed for the school setting, especially for schools from elementary to middle school.

Except for China, the availability of Windows 11 SE will be worldwide. Schools using cloud identity and security management for their students and devices are the target.

To compete with Chrome OS

It seems clear that Windows 11 SE is another attempt by Microsoft to compete with the Chromebook solution with Chrome OS which is particularly popular in schools in the United States, but this time not with a Windows 10 S mode locked to Microsoft Store apps. . There is also no Microsoft Store for Windows 11 SE.

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Windows 11 SE can run apps in the browser (Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome), but limits the types of apps that users can install themselves and for native execution to several categories (content filtering, apps to switch tests, accessibility, communication in the classroom, connectivity, browsers …).

It is in fact a control of the applications to be installed by the school rather than by the end user, knowing that applications like Teams, Office, OneNote or even “Minecraft: Education Edition” will be preinstalled. Microsoft emphasizes managing devices from the cloud with Intune and the fact that there are no restrictions on its own apps.

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One purpose with such a platform is to avoid distractions for the students, which also involves some adjustments for Windows 11. The applications open in full screen, the window anchoring system only manages the side by side. simple, the widgets introduced in Windows 11 are not in the game.

Windows 11 SE was not designed for personal use. For cases that require the installation of more applications or access to more applications in the store, while remaining in the education community, Microsoft recommends Windows 11 Pro Education.


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