Microsoft launches Windows 11 SE and Surface Laptop SE at $249 to compete with Chromebooks

Microsoft is an American technology giant which focuses on producing computer software, laptops, and other tech products.
Yesterday, Microsoft launched a new set of products: a new OS and laptop. These new products are focused on taking over the students’ environment and competing against Google’s Chromebook, a successful product amongst students. In this article, we’ll go through both the Windows 11 SE and Microsoft Surface Laptop SE.


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A student using the Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

Windows 11 SE

The Windows 11 SE is a watered-down version of the original Windows 11 and it lacks some of the professional features so it can fit more into a student’s environment. As you expect, the Windows 11 SE is the OS that the Windows Surface Laptop SE is running on.

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Windows 11 SE on a Surface Laptop SE

The OS does not come with the famous Windows Stores which gives you access to different apps. Rather, it is made for Microsoft apps like Word, Office, Edge, etc with a limited number of third-party apps support. More third-party apps are expected to be added over time
Surprisingly, Chrome Extensions are now supported in the Microsoft Edge app as it wasn’t supported in the original Windows 11. I guess this is because some students need extensions for classes and school work.

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An example of a professional feature removed was the complex snap grids for multitasking as Windows 11 SE now has a simple split screen of two apps on the left and right.

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According to Microsoft, other manufacturers will start releasing devices with the OS next year.

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

The Microsoft Surface Laptop SE is a cheap laptop for students so they don’t have to break the bank to get a laptop.

The Surface Laptop SE comes in a full plastic body and it has a 11.6-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The plastic body houses a nice keyboard and trackpad which was seen on the more expensive Surface Laptop Go. The ports on this laptop are one USB-A, one USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack, and a regular barrel-type DC connector for charging.

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It has a 1MP front-facing camera that supports 720p video so you can participate in class video calls.

The Windows Surface Laptop SE is powered by either an Intel Celeron N4020 or an Intel Celeron N4120 processor. It comes with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of eMMC internal storage.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

As for pricing, the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage comes in at $249 while the upgraded model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage comes in at $329.

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop SE is a beneficiary of Microsoft’s commitment to making its devices easier to repair. The company allows school ITs to repair and replace components inside of the laptop. The school will be able to replace the display, battery, keyboard, and even the motherboard using replacement parts widely available from Microsoft. This will eliminate the difficult and time-consuming process of sending in your devices for repairs.

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