Microsoft today announced the new $250 Surface Laptop SE, designed specifically for the education market.

The new machine will also run a stripped-down version of Windows, dubbed Windows 11 SE, the company confirmed.

While the Windows 11 SE SKU and notebook computer were first outed a couple of weeks ago by the folks at Windows Central, this is the first time Microsoft has shared details. It did that via its Reimagine: What’s Next for Education event on November 8.

The notebook itself comes with an 11.6-inch display and a 720p camera for video calls and whatnot. An Intel Celeron processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of eMMC storage rounds out the main specifications and the whole thing reminds us of the netbooks that were all the rage back in the day. Microsoft says we can expect up to 16 hours of usage from a single charge, too.

Windows 11 SE offers a simple and distraction-free system for students, while school administrators can also use tools like Intune, Intune for Education and/or Windows Autopilot tools to deploy the machines across campus.

This isn’t the first machine to be designed specifically with students and education in mine, and it’s one that cuts all the corners you’d expect in a way that gives Microsoft the chance to sell something at the $250 price point.

Given what this thing needs to do, it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like when people begin using it.

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