Microsoft unveils cheap laptops and more tools for education

When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind -- especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft's big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebooks starting at $189, and a Minecraft: Education Edition update focused on chemistry. As you'd expect, the company also has plenty of updates in tow for its Office 365 education tools, which should make lives easier for teachers and students alike.

Lenovo's 100E is the cheapest laptop Microsoft is revealing today, and it looks about as straightforward as an education notebook can be, starting at $189 with an Intel Apollo Lake Celeron processor. Its simple, plastic case looks like it could take some classroom tumbles and while there's no fancy convertible functionality, you can lay the 100E's screen completely flat. Lenovo also has a new 2-in-1, the 300E, which starts at $299 and supports the company's $30 Windows Ink stylus.Microsoft ...