According to reports, Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows 11 intended exclusively for low-cost devices, such as the next Surface notebook designed for education.
While nothing is known about the new operating system at this time, it’s apparent that the goal is to improve performance so that it can work on older hardware.
While this may annoy users whose devices have been denied access to Windows 11, especially those with powerful hardware, Microsoft’s goal is straightforward. The company also wants Windows 11 to run on more affordable hardware, which would allow it to better target the education market with a more compelling product.
Later this year, Windows 11 SE will be released
One possible title for the next operating system that Microsoft has in mind is Windows 11 SE, based on what we’ve seen so far.
When Windows 98 was still around, the SE design denoted the second edition, but that won’t be the case this time. Most likely, SE stands for Student Edition or something similar, as Microsoft wants to make it clear that this isn’t the complete version of the latest operating system that you can try out on your device right now. The OS is scheduled to be released later this year, most likely on Microsoft’s new Surface notebook for students.
However, this operating system will be available to other PC manufacturers who are interested in developing low-cost Windows 11 devices, so Microsoft is hoping that this new operating system will spawn a whole new category of devices that will help it win big in the education sector, where Google’s Chromebooks currently predominate.
Of course, Microsoft has kept a tight lid on everything pertaining to the new Windows operating system SKU.
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