Following the introduction of new Microsoft products and services for education, including a new experience called Windows 10 S, I wanted to highlight the documentation and other resources available to help IT pros—or those charged with IT responsibilities—working in academic organizations configure, deploy, and manage Windows 10 and Windows 10 devices.
With Windows 10, version 1703 (also referred to as the Creators Update), it is more straightforward than ever to set up a classroom or school of devices and configure Windows to be education-ready. Here are some of the resources available to help.
Deploy and configure Windows 10 for education
- Windows 10 configuration recommendations for education customers
- Deployment recommendations for school IT administrators
- Set up Windows devices for education with the Set up School PCs app
- Set up a classroom of PCs in under an hour
- Deploy Windows 10 in a school
- Deploy Windows 10 in a school district
- Upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Pro Education from Windows Store for Business
- Set up Take a Test for high stakes assessments
Manage and deploy applications
- Microsoft Intune for Education: free trial
- Working with Microsoft Store for Education
- Get Minecraft Education Edition
What if I need to set up an entire infrastructure for my school?
The new Microsoft Education system enables you to set up a full cloud IT solution for your school, acquire apps, and configure and deploy settings to your devices using Windows 10 (version 1703), Microsoft Intune for Education, Office 365 for Education, Minecraft: Education Edition, learning tools, and Whiteboard. See Get started: Deploy and manage a full cloud IT solution with Microsoft Education for more details, and for more information on complete solutions for education, see https://docs.microsoft.com/education.
To get a detailed look at the features and functionality in Windows 10 that are great for teachers, students, and IT professionals within education, you can also attend our May 23rd webinar. We'll discuss device setup, the Take a Test app, the Microsoft Store for Education, Windows Update improvements, apps, and more.
How can I find out about new resources?
Sign up for the Windows IT Pro Insider newsletter, where we always announce the newest resources and provide subscriber-only tips and tricks from Microsoft product managers, engineers, and MVPs, and bookmark the new Windows 10 for Education page on docs.microsoft.com, where you'll find links to technical documentation as well as video demonstrations.
Where can I learn more about Windows 10 S?
Windows 10 S has many of the features of Windows 10 Pro and provides educators and students with a familiar, productive Windows experience, but it exclusively runs apps from the Windows Store and uses Microsoft Edge as its default browser in order to streamline both security and performance. For more information—including a feature comparison chart for Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home, and Windows 10 Pro—see the Windows 10 S FAQ.
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