Microsoft takes on Chrome OS through Windows 11 SE

Chromebooks have achieved great success in schools, not least in the United States. Microsoft has so far not offered a tangible alternative. The company has now introduced a challenger in the form of Windows 11 SE and the laptop Surface Laptop SE.

Both are specifically designed for students and schools. Windows 11 SE will only run on cheaper laptops. In other words, the system is not aimed at consumers. For 18 months, Microsoft has been gathering feedback from teachers and students about existing budget laptops with Windows.

Windows 11 SE does not offer the Microsoft Store. Instead, selected third-party apps can be installed by administrators. The system is thus more locked in, to reduce the risk of what students can do (and do).

In other respects, most of it is similar to regular Windows 11, except for some adjustments such as the removal of the widget screen, as it was considered potentially distracting. Another adaptation is that the Edge browser supports Chrome plugins, as these are widely used in many US schools.

Manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP, JK-IP, Lenovo and Positivo will be creating laptops with Windows 11 SE in the coming months. Microsoft also offers its own alternative in the form of Surface Laptop SE with a price of 249 dollars. The computer has hardware such as an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of working memory, 64GB of storage and an 11.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixels.

Microsoft previously had a kind of smear campaign against Google, around 2013-2014, probably because they saw the Chrome OS as a threat to Windows. Some were specifically aimed at Chromebooks. Now the strategy is rather to try to compete, although the competition in this case is specifically about Chrome OS in educational environments.

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