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Windows 11 Education Operating System and Devices

Windows for Education on Intel-based devices offers the performance, accessibility, and security to help teachers and students thrive in blended learning environments.

Key Takeaways: Windows 11 Education Devices

  • Intel-based devices with Windows 11 Education and Windows 11 SE support performance, accessibility, and cybersecurity for education.1

  • Windows 11 Education includes learning tools and features designed for an education environment while Windows 11 SE is a cloud-first operating system built for Education.

  • Benefits for administrators: devices that prioritize security technologies, online productivity, and consistent performance.

  • Benefits for teachers and students: devices that support teaching and learning, with accessibility tools to help address students’ needs.



What Is Windows for Education?

When selecting an Intel-based device for school use, you now have access to additional Windows 11 operating system options developed specifically for education. Teaching and learning methodologies have changed to support flexible face-to-face learning, blended learning, and remote learning environments. Intel and Microsoft have coengineered devices with Windows 11 Education to meet the evolving needs of schools, maximize learning outcomes, foster student well-being, and deliver capabilities that help safeguard student and teacher data.

Differences Between Windows 11 Education editions

Windows 11 Education devices enabled by Intel® Core™ processors offer the familiar user experience, where working with applications and accessing files takes place on the device and is backed up in the cloud. Windows 11 Pro Education also offers students and teachers a full range of Windows features, including the ability to install apps. Windows 11 SE devices are designed with cloud-first tools, allowing for centrally controlled environments that are both low effort and cost-efficient to manage.

What Makes a Device an Education Technology Solution?

When you’re procuring or shopping for education technology solutions, there are key differences and needs for education devices compared to standard business or consumer devices. Educational devices emphasize four categories of functionality:

  • Intelligent performance that prioritizes key workloads for online collaboration over background processes, which ultimately delivers a fast, flexible, and responsive device experience.
  • Wireless connectivity and long battery life for multitasking through an entire school day of blended and personalized learning.
  • Touchscreens, pressure-sensitive active styluses, and digital inking to support accessibility, note-taking, and creativity.
  • Built-in digital security features to help safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) of students, teachers, and admins.

These capabilities, found in Intel-enabled devices with Windows 11 Education and Windows 11 SE, support students, faculty, and admins as they carry out their day-to-day activities. Users also benefit from performance headroom to do online research, connect with communities online, and grow emotional skills through social media and gaming.

Technology in Education Benefits for IT Administrators

Intel-powered devices with Windows 11 are built on the foundational principles of digital security, privacy, compliance, and transparency. Education environments that deploy these devices will benefit from a trusted platform that just works and that gives educators and students everything they need to succeed in blended, remote, and face-to-face instruction.

Windows 11 SE is fully cloud managed, providing centralized control for admins to enable a consistent experience for all students. Devices running Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE on Intel also support both online and offline access, so students can continue learning with or without an active internet connection.

Upgraded Windows Security Capabilities

Intel and Microsoft are both invested in being at the forefront of educational device innovation with hardware- and software-based security capabilities that go beyond software-only approaches.

The latest generation of Intel-based devices running Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE support secured-core devices that combine hardware telemetry with Windows Defender to help automatically identify and block advanced threats before they impact educator or student productivity.

Intel-enabled devices with Intel® Threat Detection Technology (Intel® TDT) monitor system performance to help detect anomalous processes and malware before they impact the system.

Admins can have confidence that the devices they choose will allow educators and students to focus on learning and help keep sensitive data safe.

Technology for Learning and Teaching: Benefits for Educators and Students

Intel-based devices with Windows 11 Education and Windows 11 SE are powerful and reliable, and they prioritize accessibility to empower students to achieve their best. In addition to supporting touchscreens and active styluses for note-taking, students and teachers will benefit from features such as Reading Progress, Immersive Reader, and Live Captions to help make learning more equitable and manageable. These solutions support the unique differences in all students by providing the tools they need and tools they can choose.

Parents and educators can shop for Intel-based devices or learn more about choosing the right device to support learning needs by age or grade.

Power to Multitask, Be Creative, and Stay Productive

The multitasking capability of Intel-based Windows 11 devices also works for connecting with peers online to support students’ emotional growth and technology skills. With features such as Intel® Bridge Technology, which allows students to access Android apps on Windows 11 devices.

Intel-Powered Windows 11 Devices

Intel-based Windows 11 devices are equipped with a range of processor options that support everything from everyday instruction to college-level data science and learning about artificial intelligence (AI). Intel helps simplify choosing the right processor with options for efficiency, such as Intel® Celeron® processors, and for performance, with the Intel® Core™ processor lineup that scales up performance across Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7, and i9 processors.

Figure 1: The Intel® processor portfolio makes it simple to choose the right processor based on student and teacher usage needs.

Foster Engaging Learning Experiences with Windows 11 Education

Intel is committed to raising the grade for power efficiency, accessibility, and cybersecurity in education technology solutions. Windows 11 Education devices take advantage of the latest performance and security improvements in Intel® processors to drive better outcomes for educators and students alike while making IT admins’ lives easier with devices that just work.

Preguntas frecuentes

Preguntas frecuentes

Intel-based devices can support both the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems. When upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11, some hardware-enabled features may require the latest-generation processor. Review the Windows 11 system requirements for details.

Microsoft offers three editions of Windows for Education through volume license subscriptions: Windows 11 SE, Windows 11 Education, and Windows 11 Pro Education. Windows 11 SE is a cloud-first OS and IT administrators benefit from unified device management tools. Windows 11 Education includes the capabilities of Windows 11 Enterprise for an Education environment with additional features such as advanced security. Windows 11 Pro Education comes pre-loaded on devices, teachers and other end users have the ability to install apps on the device.