Microsoft announces Windows 10 Education SKUs

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft has just taken to the Technet blog to announce Windows 10 editions for education customers. With the Windows 10 Anniversary update around the corner, Microsoft notes that these editions show the company’s commitment to bringing productivity, security, and privacy for all customers. It also shows that Windows commercial editions can be configured to support the needs of schools, through group policies, domain join, and more.

The first of the two editions is Windows 10 Pro Education. Microsoft notes that this edition builds on the commercial version of Windows 10 Pro and provides important management controls needed in schools. This edition also provides education-specific default settings including the removal of Cortana. The Windows 10 Pro Education edition is available on new devices pre-installed with Windows 10, version 1607 that are purchased with discounted K-12 academic licenses through OEM partners. Existing devices with Windows 10 Pro activated with an OEM digital product key will upgrade automatically to Windows 10 Education as part of the Windows 10, version 1607 installation.

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The second of the editions is Windows 10 Education. Much like Windows 10 Pro Education, this edition builds on Windows 10 Enterprise and provides the enterprise-grade manageability and security desired by schools. Windows 10 Education is available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Microsoft highlights the fact that customers who are already running Windows 10 Education can upgrade to Windows 10, version 1607 through Windows Update or from the Volume Licensing Service Center.

To learn more about these editions, and the other in-depth differences between them, you can check out this link here. So, does your school or educational institution use Windows 10? Are you looking forward to all the education centered features which will be heading to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update? As always, we would love to hear your answers to these questions, and your other thoughts on these Windows 10 Editions! Be sure to drop us a comment below!