While Microsoft dominates the global market for classroom PCs, Google Chrome OS rules the roost in the United States.
Microsoft is teaming up with partners including Lenovo to bring a new line of cheap, sub-$300 PCs to market, to take on Google’s low-cost Chromebooks.
Microsoft says that a Windows PC is more capable than a Chromebook — Windows 10 lets you run software like Minecraft or the full version of Microsoft Office.
Minecraft is getting a new chemistry module for students.
Google has all but captured the market for American classrooms — analyst firm Futuresource estimates that in the third quarter of 2017, Google’s low-cost Chromebooks accounted for 59.8% of the laptop market for K-12 education, compared to Microsoft Windows devices’ 22.3% share.
But Microsoft would be quick to remind you that this doesn’t tell the whole story: That 22.3% share is up from 18.4% the quarter before, and Microsoft says, up 4% from the same period in 2016. And, worldwide, Windows still reigns supreme: In that same third quarter of 2017, Windows accounted for 66.5% of global K-12 classroom PC shipments.
Now, Microsoft is striking back against Google’s domestic dominance, with a series of announcements designed to make Windows …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology