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posted by janrinok on Friday November 12 2021, @11:33AM   Printer-friendly

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Microsoft is taking the fight to Chromebooks in schools with the $250 Surface Laptop SE, but inexpensive hardware is only part of the equation. One reason Chromebooks have succeeded in education is because of Chrome OS, which is well-suited for lower-end hardware, easy for IT administrators to manage, and hard to break with errant apps or malware.

Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS is Windows 11 SE. Unlike past efforts like Windows in S mode (which is still its own separate thing), Windows 11 SE isn't just a regular version of Windows with a cheaper license or a cut-down version that runs fewer apps. Windows 11 SE defaults to saving all files (including user profile information) to students' OneDrive accounts, and it has had some standard Windows 11 features removed to ensure a "distraction-free" learning environment that performs better on low-end devices. The operating system also gives IT administrators exclusive control over the apps and browser extensions that can be installed and run via Microsoft Intune.

If you're a school IT administrator with a fleet of PC laptops or desktops, you might wonder if you can buy and install Windows 11 SE on hardware you already have so you can benefit from its changes without buying new hardware. The answer, Microsoft tells us, is no. The only way to get Windows 11 SE is on laptops that ship with Windows 11 SE. And if you re-image a Windows 11 SE device with a different version of Windows 10 or Windows 11, it won't even be possible to reinstall Windows 11 SE after that.

[...] Microsoft has published documentation (PDF) that more fully explains the differences between Windows 11 SE and the other editions of Windows (including Windows in S mode).


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Friday November 12 2021, @05:10PM (2 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Friday November 12 2021, @05:10PM (#1195667) Journal

    How do I loathe thee, Microsoft? Let me count the ways.

    Gosh, so MS doesn't want people to be able to buy their software as a stand-alone so they can install it on their existing hardware. It's yet another reason to not use their OS.

    How many more decisions like this can they make before their business case decoheres?

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  • (Score: 2) by turgid on Friday November 12 2021, @09:30PM (1 child)

    by turgid (4318) Subscriber Badge on Friday November 12 2021, @09:30PM (#1195756) Journal

    Microsoft are tacitly saying "Windows is dead." They've recently brought out Windows Services for Linux which is really Linux on Windows and despite previously saying that the GPL was "a cancer" and "un-American" they've been contributing code to the Linux kernel. Prepare for the end of Windows. Linux has one. First they mock you, then they fight you, then...

    They really don't want you to stick with Windows.

    This is the biggest hint yet: they lost the OS wars. It's over. They're not doing Operating Systems any more. It's all about the "apps" and the "web" and the "experience.

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Saturday November 13 2021, @02:33PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Saturday November 13 2021, @02:33PM (#1195927) Journal

      That's interesting. They've always counted on their OS as the core of their strategy to "embrace, extend, extinguish." If you're right it would be a complete inversion.

      Doing that, though, presupposes that they have the creative and tech chops to out-compete Apple and Google, and I don't think they do. Their stacked ranking system devastated their corporate culture and drove many of the best away (whether they were at the top of the stacked ranking or not). And at this point they don't have the reputation or brand identity to attract fresh blood to change that, and a hide-bound management that will fight tooth and nail to keep their little fiefdoms.

      How many years do you give MS before they're a has-been like AOL?

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