Just days after announcing Windows 11, Microsoft announced another version called Windows 11 SE. This edition of Windows is a scaled-down version of Windows 11, intended for education and students. Let’s take a look at how Windows 11 SE and Windows 11 are compared. What does SE mean and should you choose this upgraded version or full Windows 11?
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What is Windows 11 SE?
Windows 11 SE is a cloud-focused version of Windows 11 that offers the power and reliability of Windows 11 with a simplified design and modern management tools optimized for low-cost devices in educational environments, especially the K-8 (under 14). Aimed at education and students, Microsoft is competing with Google’s ChromeOS, with Windows 11 SE.
Windows 11 SE has the same benefits of accessibility, security, privacy, and distance learning as Windows 11, with the added benefit of being optimized to deliver great educational experiences on low-cost devices, eliminating distractions to help students stay focused and simplifying IT deployment and management
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What does SE mean in Windows 11 SE?
Microsoft has clearly mentioned that SE booths do not have a full form, so it is not a Student Edition, so is it an abbreviation for Special Editon? Can be. But it is part of Microsoft’s Educational Umbrella, as the main goal of this release is to provide a secure, fast-paced environment for education without disruption.
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Differences between Windows 11 SE and Windows 11
As mentioned earlier, Microsoft has reduced features in Windows 11 SE to be fast and seamless so students stay focused on their learning. Today I will compare Windows 11 with Windows 11 SE.
Third-party application installations?
One big difference in Windows 11 SE is the absence of a Microsoft store, and also Windows 11 SE restricts the installation of Win32 applications. However, there are some six categories of applications that Microsoft allows you to load from the side to a computer running Windows 11 SE. An IT administrator can have access to install or remove any application, falling into these six categories:
- Content filtering applications
- Test solutions
- Accessibility applications
- Effective classroom communication applications
- Basic applications for diagnostics, management, connectivity and support
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Offline MS Office on Windows 11 SE?
Since Windows 11 SE is an educational version of Windows 11, you get support for offline Microsoft Office Suite, applications such as MS Word, Powerpoint, MS Excel, OneNote. It allows you to complete your tasks, make presentations, etc. However, since Windows 11 SE is the first platform in the cloud, these files are stored on OneDrive for easy access. Currently, OneDrive is the only supported cloud service, Microsoft says it may include more cloud services in the future. The existing license for Microsoft Office 365 A3 and A5 can also be used with Windows 11 SE.
Snap Layouts on Windows 11 SE?
Another difference in Windows 11 SE is that Snap windows are limited to two windows compared to four on full-fledged Windows 11. Another thing to note is that all applications run in full screen by default in Windows 11 SE, which would could help students stay focused on fewer tasks while keeping the screen less cluttered.
Widgets on Windows 11 SE?
With Windows 11, Microsoft has improved the Widgets panel that can be used to get the latest updates on news, weather, results, images, etc. It’s all great, but since it can distract students from studying or any project they want. works on. So, Microsoft has removed the Widgets panel from Windows 11 SE.
Other changes in Windows 11 SE and Windows 11?
Microsoft has released a comparative chart of the difference in features between Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE. Below we can see the limited support for running apps and the ability to upgrade because you can only upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, not Windows 11 SE. All other features are exactly the same as Windows 11, such as accessibility, security, privacy and distance learning benefits, optimized for low-cost computers.
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Where can you install Windows 11 SE?
You cannot install Windows 11 SE on any of your personal computers because Microsoft has not released any ISO files. Microsoft is not looking forward to making Windows 11 SE available to retail users, as they have regular Windows 11. Windows 11 SE is only available pre-installed on new Windows 11 SE-compatible devices, which are available to educational institutions.
Can full Windows 10/11 be installed on Windows 11 SE PC?
Yes, only if the IT administrator completely removes the SE version of Windows 11 and installs a new copy of Windows on the computer. Note that this is only a one-way process, because once Windows 11 SE is removed from that computer, there is no way to install Windows 11 SE on that computer.
Windows 11 SE system requirements
- processor: 1 GHz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or on-chip system (SoC)
- RAM: Only 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM
- Storage: Only 64 GB or 128 GB
- graphic card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- System firmware: UEFI, possibility of a safe starte
- TPM: TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Display: High resolution (720p) screen, larger than 9 inches and 8 bit support per color channel
- Internet connection and Microsoft account
Laptops compatible with Windows 11 SE
With the launch of Windows 11 SE, Microsoft mentioned several brands that will produce cheap laptops that will ship with Windows 11 SE. Here is a list of compatible laptops:
- Microsoft Surface Laptop SE (249 USD)
- Dell Latitude 3120 (249 USD)
- ASUS BR1100C (249 USD)
- Lenovo 100W Gen3 (269 USD)
- Acer TravelMate B3 (279 USD)
- Lenovo 300W Gen3 (329 USD)
- Acer TravelMate Spin B3 ($ 329)
- Dell Latitude 3120 2-in-1 (349 USD)
- ASUS BR1100F (349 USD)
- Lenovo 14W Gen 2 (379 USD)
Windows 11 SE vs. Windows 11: Termination
So this was about Windows 11 SE, compared to Windows 11. Should you choose a Windows 11 SE computer? So if you want a cheap, fast, safe laptop without interference for your child, but you think ChromeOS is too basic. Then you can definitely use Windows 11 SE, because it will help your child stay focused on learning.
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