Microsoft announces Windows 10 PCs starting at $189

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The Lenovo 100e is one such device.

The company today unveiled new devices and software tools aimed at winning over more schools to Windows 10, which is estimated to have a market share of 22 percent in the U.S. K-12 segment compared with Chromebooks' almost 60 percent. With OEMs like Lenovo and JP, Microsoft is launching new laptops running Windows 10 and Windows 10 S for as low as $189. The include the Classmate Leap T303 laptop with Windows Hello for $199 and the Trigono V401 2-in-1 with pen and touch for $299. It's powered by an Intel Celeron Apollo Lake processor and starts at just $189. Another option is the Lenovo 300e, a 2-in-1 device with support for a pen for $279.

In all cases these are devices meant for kids, meaning they can handle a drops and spills without breaking. These devices join the HP ProBook x360 11 EE which has proven to be one of the best-selling 2-in-1 Windows devices in the education sector at $299.

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Microsoft is also working on the content for teachers that would be more suitable to use with these laptops. If any school purchases at least 30 licenses this year they'll also qualify for free teacher training by a certified Microsoft training partner. Along with the new laptops, Microsoft also announced new updates and improvements for Office 365 Education, Microsoft Teams and OneNote.

Speaking to EdSurge, Anthony Salcito, Microsoft's Vice President of Worldwide Education, said that the Windows devices can offer both teachers and students more room and variety of tools to use.

Other interesting new projects include Minecraft getting a "World of Chemistry" update to help promote Chemistry learning in schools by making objects including glow sticks, rapid grow fertilizer, and underwater torches in Minecraft. From $300 Mixed Reality Headsets to the pricier HoloLens, there will be a VR curriculum by Pearson, the worlds largest education company.

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