Surface Laptop SE official with Windows 11 SE: war on Chrome OS

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE is official, as per rumors ; it’s a super cheap laptop, the price of which starts from just 249 dollars , and mounts Windows 11 IF, a particular version of the operating system specifically aimed at economic devices for the school sector. The two products make up Microsoft’s new attempt to counter the rise of Chrome OS, which in this specific scenario (especially in the United States) is having great success.


It’s the cheapest Surface in the brand’s history, and Microsoft’s first attempt to compete with Chromebooks directly to the hardware level . It will only be available to schools and students. As the price easily suggests, the technical sheet is reduced to the bone – in fact it has many points in common with the entry level Chromebooks that we occasionally report on these pages. Translated: no metal for the body, nothing 1080 p for the display, no Intel Core like processors. The data sheet is as follows:

  • Display from 11, 6 “, resolution of 1. 366 x 768 pixel
  • CPU: Intel Celeron N 4020 or Celeron N 4120
  • 8 or 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 or 128 GB eMMC storage
  • 1MP front camera with video at 720 p
  • Doors:
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x USB-A
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm
  • Standard charger, no iente Surface Connect magnetic

Microsoft has put a lot of focus on repairability : the lower body panel is easy to remove , all screws have a standard head and size, so school IT managers can easily replace components such as display, battery, even keyboard and motherboard. More generally, repairability will also be an aspect that is highly considered by partners who will launch laptops with Windows SE in the coming weeks / months. These included Acer, ASUS, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo.


Goodbye S Mode: Windows 11 IF it doesn’t have the limitations (only apps from the Microsoft Store, for starters) which ultimately decreed the failure of the initiative similar to the times of Windows 10. Windows 11 IF it is a somewhat simplified but complete version of Windows 11. R compared to the full version only missing some details , which is also almost difficult to see at first glance. For example, the whole widget issue has been removed, due to the potential for distraction in the classroom; apps are launched by default in full screen mode, and all advanced Snap Layouts have been removed, in favor of a simple split screen.

Windows 11 IF it supports third parties “like Zoom and Chrome,” says Microsoft, acknowledging that they are now part of the regular student workflow. Edge is also configured to accept Chrome extensions by default, some of which are very popular with students . In Windows 11 regular, this is not possible. The backup of documents on OneDrive is always active by default, with a lot of support for offline viewing.

There is also a new wallpaper, which is called Bloom and is almost a variant Windows default wallpaper multicolor 11, and as you can imagine there are pre-installed many Microsoft apps relevant to the use scenario , such as Minecraft for Education, Office, OneNote, Teams, and Flipgrid. For IT administrators, InTune support is now available to simplify pre-installation and pre-configuration of the entire school fleet. Even for the student, the “initial setup” should be reduced to simply entering the username and password in the new system, to get instant access to all their apps and documents.

Both Microsoft Surface Laptop SE and Windows 11 IF they will be available towards the beginning of 2022 , the typical shopping period for schools. At the same time, new laptops should also arrive from the partners listed above (and others even less known in our area).

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