Many schools around the country currently have fleets of Chrome-based devices in their halls. These devices are often chosen for the schools because of the low-price Chrome OS devices command. Microsoft wants students to be learning on a Windows device and has made moves to lower the price of entry for education environments.
Microsoft and Lenovo are working together with a pair of new devices for schools. The first is the Lenovo 100e, an Intel Celeron-powered device that uses the Apollo Lake chip and starts at $189. The other device is the Lenovo 300e, an affordable 2-in-1 convertible PC with pen support that starts at $279.
Microsoft has also teamed up with a company called JP, which is making devices for emerging markets. The Classmate Leap T303 laptop has Windows Hello and starts at $199. The Trigono V401 2-in-1 with pen and touch starts at $299.
HP also recently launched a device called the Stream 11 Pro G4 EE PC that starts at $225. Microsoft notes that all the devices are spill resistant and ruggedized with long battery life and providing fast connectivity.