In May, Microsoft held an education-focused event, at which it announced Windows 10 S, a new edition of its OS, restricted to running apps from the Windows Store. Windows 10 S made its official debut on the high-end Surface Laptop, but Microsoft also promised more affordable devices running that version of the OS, priced as low as $189.
Now, the first of those lower-cost devices are now available for education customers to buy. "In the coming months," Microsoft said today, "our partners will introduce many great devices for purchase, pre-installed with Windows 10 S, starting today with the Lenovo N23 ($249 USD) and N24 ($279 USD), available worldwide."
It also highlighted four other Windows 10 S devices that are "coming soon":
- ASUS Vivobook W202 ($279 USD), available in the US
- Dell Latitude 3180 ($229 USD) and 3189 ($299), available in the US and Canada
- Fujitsu LIFEBOOK P727 ($999 USD), available in the US and Canada
- HP ProBook x360 11EE ($299 USD), available in the US, UK and Australia
Unlike the Surface Laptop, the Windows 10 S devices that Microsoft mentioned in its blog post today are exclusively for the education sector, and are not being sold to the general public. Indeed, we confirmed this with staff at a Microsoft Store today, where some of these PCs were on display; and Microsoft's website redirects potential buyers to one of its reseller partners.