Microsoft announces a new Chrome OS competitor, Windows 11 SE

Microsoft has created a new edition of Windows 11 designed for students and schools. Windows 11 SE will ship exclusively on low-cost laptops that are built for K-8 classrooms, and it marks another attempt by Microsoft to take on Google’s range of Chromebooks and their popularity in US schools. Microsoft has struggled to understand why schools and students have flocked to Chromebooks. The company tried an S Mode previously that essentially locked Windows 10 down to apps from the Microsoft store. While Windows 11 SE is, naturally, optimised for Microsoft Edge, Office, and Microsoft’s cloud-based services, it’s not restricted to just Microsoft apps. The new Widgets section of Windows 11 has also been removed in SE, as Microsoft found it’s distracting in a classroom environment. Microsoft Edge will also be configured to accept Chrome extensions, which are turned off by default on Windows 11. It will also ship with new colourful Bloom wallpaper by default and some changes to the way apps are bundled.