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Windows 10 S comes to 3rd party PCs with Back to School Live program

When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S along with its new Surface Laptop back in May, the company said that its OEM partners would soon release cheaper Windows 10 S PCs for the education market. Today, the company finally shared more details about these new devices as part of its general Back to school announcements.

“In the coming months, our partners will introduce many great devices for purchase, pre-installed with Windows 10 S, starting today with the Lenovo N23 ($249 USD) and N24 ($279 USD), available worldwide,” the blog post notes. In addition to these two PCs (apparently based on Lenovo’s pre-existing N23 Chromebook), Microsoft also shared that the following models are coming soon:

  • ASUS Vivobook W202 ($279 USD), available in the US
  • Dell Latitude 3180 ($229 USD) and 3189 ($299), available in the US and Canada
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK P727 ($999 USD), available in the US and Canada
  • HP ProBook x360 11EE ($299 USD), available in the US, UK and Australia

Last but not least, schools can already test Windows 10 S on their current guenine Windows 10 Pro PCs for free, and you can find detailed instructions on this page. “This initial release will help us gather valuable feedback to make Windows 10 S work great on a range of devices in schools, so we encourage IT professionals to try it on a variety of devices and let us know what they think,” added Microsoft.

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Do you think these new Windows 10 S PCs can compete with Chromebooks in the education market?