In a slightly surprising, slightly understandable move, Microsoft has made the decision to target the new Windows 10 S powered devices at business users. Organizations that seek simplicity.
The software titan had announced this new platform in May this year.
Squarely aiming it at the education market.
With the promise being dramatically reduced setup times for the PCs, basically allowing IT departments a streamlined process whereby they could set these devices up simply by using a UBS drive. Ultimately, reducing not just the total cost of ownership, but also management.
Of course, this version of Windows also came with its own set of limitations of only being able to run apps from the Windows Store — traditional software programs are a no go for this platform.
Today, though, at the Ignite 2017 conference, Microsoft announced new low-cost Windows 10 S laptops from partner companies like Acer, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo. This announcement is in conjunction with the news of Microsoft 365 expanding to Education and F1 offerings.
Redmond says that these Microsoft 365 powered devices will offer up self-service deployment and simplified management.
They are designed both for businesses and educational institutes, meant as machines that will always stay up to date, and ultimately devices that will lower management costs for their owners.
Microsoft also listed the Windows 10 S laptops that are about to hit the market, priced $275 and up:
The company claims that these devices are very simple to use, and deliver a familiar Windows 10 experience, but with the benefit of easy management and completely streamlined security, making them perfect for organizations of all shapes and sizes.
At the end of the day, though, these primarily target the market that Google Chromebooks are now conquering, business and education.
And it was only logical that Microsoft followed suit.