The new devices, announced to coincide with the Bett show this week, include notebooks for under $200 and 2-in-1 laptop/tablet PCs for under $300. For emerging markets, JP will sell the Classmate Leap T303 notebook, starting at $199, and the Trigono V401 2-in-1, starting at $299. The first of the devices is the $189 Lenovo 100e, which is powered by the new Intel Celeron Apollo Lake CPU. Microsoft is introducing integrations for two of the most widely used information systems in schools, including SIMS in the UK, and PowerSchool in the United States. The company introduced a range of different, affordable Windows 10 S laptops a year ago, and it's introducing four new Windows 10 laptops from Lenovo and JP today to further expand the lineup. Microsoft said it's developing several updates for Windows 10 and Office 365 which will make the combination more attractive to teachers and students. Microsoft's CVP Yusuf Mehdi says the new devices are for those who "don't want to compromise on Chromebooks". There's also the Lenovo 300e which is an affordable 2-in-1 convertible PC with pen support for $279.
All four are ruggedised and spill-proof and can run all-day on a single battery charge.
Windows 10 is getting new privacy tools in the next major update
The fine print: Qualified K-12 schools that purchase 30 or more Microsoft 365 A1 licenses are eligible for free training up to a maximum of 3 days, provided by select, qualified Microsoft Education Training Partners.
It was at this time previous year that Microsoft took the wraps off four other educational units. "Whether igniting interest in STEM, learning in 3D, helping students of all abilities improve their reading, writing, and comprehension, or saving teachers time and helping them collaborate, we know technology has the power to unlock limitless learning". Meanwhile Teams are now accessible on iOS and Android so students and teachers can both stay on top of assignments. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools. These include mixed reality learning applications, a special Chemistry Update for Minecraft and a new coding app called MakeCode. He included changes that Microsoft has made to MS Teams, a communication and classroom-management platform; and inTune for Education, a cloud-based app and management service, as part of that mix.
Met Office ice and snow warning
As the snow thaws tomorrow morning, the Met Office has warned that heavy rainfall could lead to flooding as the lying snow melts. The Met Office have issued an updated weather alert for South Yorkshire, warning of possibly disruptive snow and ice on Sunday.