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Win­dows 10 S

As the lull in lap­top sales con­tin­ues, low-cost com­put­ing de­vices are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity. Low-end hard­ware pow­ered by light­weight OS has been a boon for the bud­get-con­scious ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. They are cheaper, faster and eas­ier to run. Google has been rul­ing the ed­u­ca­tion space abroad with its Chrome OS that can be in­stalled in low-cost lap­tops such as Chrome­books. Ac­cord­ing to Fu­ture­source Con­sult­ing, in 2016, mo­bile de­vices run­ning Google’s Chrome op­er­at­ing sys­tem ac­counted for 58 per cent of the US mar­ket for pri­mary and se­condary schools. Real­is­ing the po­ten­tial in this seg­ment, Mi­crosoft has an­nounced its new light­weight op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the Win­dows 10 S (the slim ver­sion of Win­dows 10).

The per­cep­tion is that these de­vices re­quire one to be on­line and of­fer lim­ited stor­age. While this is true to an ex­tent, they of­fer of­fline apps, too. Chrome­book, for in­stance, is op­ti­mised for Google apps, in­clud­ing Google Docs, and Mi­crosoft 10 S de­vices sup­port Mi­crosoft Of­fice. You can also work on these in the of­fline mode. These de­vices can be re­lied on for ba­sic us­age – web

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