Microsoft doubles down on its low-priced Chromebook competition for schools

Say what you will about Chromebooks, there’s little question that Google’s low-cost offerings have reignited edtech. Last May, Microsoft fired its shot across the bow with Windows 10 S — a dumbed-down version of its operating system intended to take on the Chromebook with ultra-cheap hardware.

This week at the Bett education show in the U.K., the company’s showing off a quartet of new devices, designed by Lenovo and JP, a hardware OEM that’s been a longtime partner in developing markets.Lenovo’s got the cheapest PC of the bunch — the 100e, which hits that $189 price point the company’s been talking up for the space. Aside from price, it’s not exactly the most compelling piece of hardware, but then, that’s not really the point here. For most schools, price is one of the biggest driv...