With the launch of the Windows 11 SE, it became easy for students to operate the OS. The windows 11 SE rolled out keeping the students and teachers in mind, and the whole focus of this OS is to give a distraction-free environment to students. Well, there are windows 10 S for students. However, the student version in Windows 10 blocked some of the applications, and hence Windows 11 SE got launched. In the Pandemic, all the learning started from home, and still, students are pursuing remote learning. So, this friendly version of SE was essential to roll out for students, so they do not face difficulty in continuing their remote education. Let us step by step know about the windows 11 SE, its installation, and comparison with Windows 11.
What is Windows 11 SE?
After years, this “SE” rolled out, and there is something focused completely only on students. “SE” stands for Student Edition. Well, getting back to 11 SE, it is the first Operating system based on cloud designed for the students of k-8 classrooms. According to Microsoft, it has easy app installation and controlling design. This SE version of windows 11 is not available at stores, as Microsoft sells it to ed-tech organizations.
How can you Install Windows 11 SE?
Honestly, the truth is that you cannot install the SE on your home PC or laptop. It is because you need to have a Windows 11 SE-enabled device on which you have to purchase windows 11. You cannot get it by merely upgrading from Windows 10 to 11. In windows 11 SE, you can download only a few applications, and their names are browsers, effective classroom communication, accessibility apps, content-filtering applications, and test-taking solutions. As it focuses highly on students, so you can download zoom on it.
System Requirements for Windows 11 SE
It is pretty clear, SE is the cloud-first approach. It will be having similar requirements as Windows 11 has. However, still, we have written down the system requirements.
1. It is essential to have a Microsoft account and a good internet connection.
2. A high-definition display PC or laptop (720p), 9-inch screen, and 8 bits per color support.
3. TPM version 2.0 and secure boot capable
4. 64 GB storage and over it is an advantage.
5. 1 Gigahertz processor.
Which Laptops are Compatible with Windows 11 SE?
Let’s have a look at the laptops compatible with Windows 11SE version.
1. Dyna book E10-S
2. Acer Travel Mate Spin B3
3. Lenovo 300w Gen 3
4. Asus BR1100C
5. Lenovo 14w Gen2
6. Dell Latitude 3120
7. Acer Travel Mate B3
Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE: Comparison
1. Cloud-first Approach
Here you might not know that Windows 11 SE is a killer to the Chrome OS., as it is a direct rival. Windows 11 SE offers the students and teachers that seamless experience which they won’t get anywhere else, and also being a cloud-first leverages the Microsoft 365 edition. It takes around 1 TB of cloud storage space and allows to do offline syncing with One drive. Only the IT admins in the recognized schools and institutes can use the cloud-driven identity management system to update the Windows 11 SE devices.
2. Availability and Installation of Both the Versions
The comparison between the two is made based on application availability. In Windows 11, you are free to install any third-party application whereas, the SE version does not sail with the Microsoft store. There is no allowance for third-party application installation in it. It is basically for school students. The SE version of windows allows and supports only Win32 and UWP applications.
3. Snap Layout of Both Versions
The multitasking experience of windows 11 is the new feature, as Microsoft has improved this feature in the new version of windows. Well, talking about snap layouts, then Windows 11 offers six layouts whereas, windows 11 SE offers only two layouts. You can use two applications side by side at the same time. In windows 11 SE, the application launches by default in full-screen mode. Now the laptops that can have windows 11 SE are going to ship with the small screen.
4. Hardware Support
Windows 11 SE is doing something amazing by making the ends meet in the hardware section. The Operating System SE 11 is lightweight and can’t run on laptops powered by a strong powerful CPU and RAM that exceeds 8GB or more than 128 GB storage space. But there is a plus point that Windows 11 SE is known for improving the background application performance.
5. Limited Application Support
The Windows 11 SE is focused on education and students as it is an education-centric OS. There is one problem that it does not support all applications, Win 32 and UWP apps. These applications are available in the Microsoft Store, but 11 SE does not support it, and children can’t change the already done crucial settings. Only the admins having the management Systems can tweak the settings of the OS. It is because Students will be focusing on only work without any distraction related to changing settings and all. If the laptop has 11 SE, no parent would want their children to binge the streaming shows rather than study.
6. Widget Comparison
Windows 11 is known for the widget panel, and that panel shows the forecasts, photos, scores, and a lot more things. This amazing feature is not present in windows 11 SE which is something good as with this, the SE version will be light. Microsoft is keeping this version free from additional load to keep it simple for students.
Microsoft is focused on powering the Student edition version with Intune for Education with full versions of Microsoft office. The student edition version was announced on 9th November 2021, and its price can be determined by asking for a quote from Microsoft’s sales representative.