Global technology giant Microsoft is hosting a special hardware and software event in New York City today. During this event Microsoft will focus on on education sector. IT major would announce product and services aimed at education sector. According to multiple report, the prime focus would be to showcase how Microsoft will compete with ever growing Google’s Chromebooks. Here are the top five announcements that are likely to be made today.
A new version of Windows 10
Microsoft is expected to unveil a new version of Windows 10 designed to compete with Chrome OS, said few reports. May be Windows 10 Cloud will be launched. Some leaks earlier have suggested this. The new version of Windows 10, and the associated hardware will improve battery life. While the OS is expected to be identical to a regular copy of Windows 10, Microsoft wants to improve battery life by limiting the software to Windows Store apps. Microsoft is also working on a new power throttling feature for its next major Windows 10 update in September, to help reduce background task interference with battery life, said a report from Verge.
Microsoft answer to Chromebook
Alongside a new version of Windows 10, Microsoft is likely to launch its own answer to Chromebooks and even Google’s Chromebook Pixel. What allied hardware will it launched is not known. May reports have suggested something around Surface Pro but that is slated for September this year.
Today event will focus on education, and it will likely see the return of Joe Belfiore to the stage, said a report. Belfiore took a year out from Microsoft and has recently returned to Twitter. A recent interview with Mashable revealed that Belfiore is focusing on education efforts for Windows, and it’s likely he’ll appear onstage to introduce this new Windows 10 focus, said Verge.
Education isn’t just about Windows 10 and Surface hardware, though. Microsoft has a range of tools like 3D Paint, Minecraft, Office, and OneNote that are popular with students, and it will be interesting to see if the company has managed to combine these efforts into a focus on education. Microsoft is also obsessed with pushing giant screens for productivity, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some type of whiteboard technology or hardware like the Surface Hub being demonstrated for school environments.
Microsoft Office is always a key part of the company’s education offering. But in recent past alternate options like Google Docs have shown that not everyone needs the full power of these desktop apps. Microsoft has responded with its own web-based versions of Office but more needs to be done.