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Microsoft Announces InTune for Education to Compete with Google Chromebooks

InTune for Education

Microsoft InTune for Education

Microsoft has announced InTune for Education that has been designed for kids to learn via new Windows 10 PCs. A new InTune app has specifically been designed for education. The company showcases a range of affordable Windows 10 PCs starting at price of just $189. These devices are said to “offer the power, performance and security schools need at the same price as Chromebooks, with none of the compromises.” Google Chromebooks have been successful in the educational sector and now, Microsoft is making a new bid for the attention of U.S. educators and students.

Microsoft InTune for Education is basically a cloud-based version of the InTune application and device management service. it aims to easily manage 30 or 40 laptops per classroom. One can easily handle devices by just logging into the service with an Office 365 login.

Easy Settings

InTune for Education lets teachers, IT administrators set up, configure and manage their Windows 10 machines. It offers the flexibility and convenience of setting up permissions, app access and other settings for every user. According to the company, InTune for Education launches for a one-time fee of $30/device or via the company’s volume licensing program. It promises to offer simple Windows 10 management along with ability to quickly setup settings, polices and software installations in a matter of few minutes. InTune for Education allows admins to decide which apps from the Windows Store teachers and students will be able to install. Microsoft explains that they have specially been designed for schools who want to put devices in classrooms.

InTune for Education integrates with Microsoft services such as School Data Sync, Office 365 etc. The School Data Sync automatically sets access according to the classes or school programs one is taking.

Windows 10 PCs

At BETT conference, Microsoft said that it will show off existing PCs designed for education such as HP Stream 11 Pro G3. The company also unveiled Windows 10 PCs from Acer, HP and Lenovo. The new Windows 10 laptops include Acer’s TravelMate Spin B118 Convertible Notebook. It comes with a 360-degree hinge and has an 11.6-inch screen. The pricing starts at $299 and runs on Windows 10 Pro with stylus to support Windows Ink.

Lenovo is updating its educational line of Windows 10 ThinkPad devices. The new ThinkPad 11e series has been announced by the company. The company also unveiled a new convertible called Lenovo N24 and will be available mid-2017.

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