Following the release of the official version of Windows 11 at the beginning of last month, Microsoft recently announced another Windows 11 SE, which is different from the previous Windows 10 in S mode. This new system is not just a change of Windows 11 by disabling some functions but is specially developed for the education market.
Microsoft confirmed to Arstechnica that Windows 11 SE will not be sold separately. It will only be pre-installed with a special notebook, and it may not be able to be reinstalled again once removed. This strategy is similar to Microsoft’s ARM-based Windows notebooks. In addition to Microsoft’s own Surface Laptop SE, OEMs including Lenovo, HP and Asus will launch Windows 11 SE. The first batch of machines is expected to be available in early 2022.
In the official introduction, Windows 11 SE has many features that are different from Windows 11, and even all previous Windows systems. For example, it itself stores the user’s personal information and settings on OneDrive, which means that students can retrieve their settings after logging in to any Windows 11 SE device. Then, Windows 11 SE has provided in-depth support for the school’s IT department, realizing remote help students to maintain equipment and limit management. In addition, Windows 11 SE also streamlines some non-essential functions of Windows 11 for devices with low-end hardware configuration, which is more in line with the use of teaching environments, etc.