Microsoft has held its education-focused event in New York, where it hopes to influence the future of education with technology.
But what was announced, and what did we learn?
1. The Surface Laptop
The headlines will probably be dominated by the Surface Laptop, so that’s where we’ll begin.
The laptop comes in silver, gold, burgundy and grey and costs $999 in the US. Microsoft says it will produce 14 hours of battery life, weighs just 2.76 lbs, and boasts a touchscreen display as well as an Intel Core i5 CPU.
With a smooth, sleek look and lightweight design, will it rival other classroom computers?
2. Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S hopes to improve the classroom experience, with numerous features intended to link educator and student.
With features such as classroom chat groups and assignment submissions, 10 S also offers easy mass setups across classrooms with a USB key.
However, 10 S can only run Microsoft’s apps and third party apps can only be downloaded through Microsoft’s Windows store.
And if you want to lose the educational stuff and go Pro? That’ll cost you $49.
3. Minecraft Code Builder
Microsoft is looking to enhance the coding experience for children by adding a tool called Code Builder to Minecraft: Education Edition, encouraging users to build the game in front of them by writing code.
How available will it be? As of Tuesday people can get their hands on a one-year free trial of both the game and the coding upgrade through the Microsoft Store for Education, while all new Windows 10 S education PCs can look forward to a free subscription to the game.
4. Mixed reality
And last but not least, the future – Microsoft hopes to bring virtual, augmented and mixed reality into the world of education.
Joining up with Pearson Education, Microsoft wants to introduce 3D and Mixed Reality into the curriculum by 2018, allowing 3D objects to be viewed through a headset or on the screen, making education interactive.
The old-school blackboard could be about to become a thing of the past.