Microsoft Taking a Dig at Google With its Own Version of Chromebooks

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

Microsoft seems to playing nice as the mega software company goes through huge restructuring that is apperent in the firm’s change of pace from being a competitor in every front to being nice guy so-to-speak.

The evolutionary process has seen the Redmond-based company ditch it’s struggling mobile ambitions, — selling the entire division at a huge lose — and focusing more on getting it’s money-making services in as much devices as possbile.

The company however, seem to be upping the anti by annoucing it’s launching a set of Chrome-esque devices squarely aimed at the school space. The is a direct “throwing the guandlet” suituation purposely aimed at Google whose web-based sandboxed operating system has been a student favorite ever since it was first launched.

Chromebooks are perfect for students due to the fact that they tick almost all the right boxes including longer batttery lives, secure environment within the OS itself, and not to mentioned having several options in the affordable tier.

Microsoft has long since wanted a huge chunk of the education market pushing the company announced a lighter more streamlined version of Windows 10 (Windows 10 S) that is designed to only run Windows Store apps much like Chrome OS.

Now the company seem to take things up a notch by announcing seven new Windows 10 S laptops running the said operating system and specifically for students with a modest starting price of just $189.

These Windows 10-powered notebooks are said to be part of a  new brand of education-centric devices from manufacturers like  Acer, Dell, and Lenovo.

Already available devices includes  Acer Travelmate B1 (B118-M), Acer Travelmate Spin B1 (B118-R/RN), Lenovo 100e, Lenovo 300e two-in-one, Lenovo 14w, Acer Travelmate B1-141, and Dell Latitude 3300.

This is an interesting play by Microsoft with the prices of these devices similar to what we mostly see Chromebooks going for.

In the end, it does boil down to how well it is embraced by students who now have the option of picking a platform that is secure with complete access to Android apps or another, that has the more mature office tools.

Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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