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  • While Microsoft dominates the global market for classroom PCs, Google Chrome OS rules the roost in the United States.
  • Microsoft is teaming up with partners including Lenovo to bring a new line of cheap, sub-$300 PCs to market, to take on Google’s low-cost Chromebooks.
  • Microsoft says that a Windows PC is more capable than a Chromebook — Windows 10 lets you run software like Minecraft or the full version of Microsoft Office.
  • Minecraft is getting a new chemistry module for students.

Google has all but captured the market for American classrooms — analyst firm Futuresource estimates that in the third quarter of 2017, Google’s low-cost Chromebooks accounted for 59.8% of the laptop market for K-12 education, compared to Microsoft Windows devices’ 22.3% share.

But Microsoft would be quick to remind you that this doesn’t tell the whole story: That 22.3% share is up from 18.4% the quarter before, and Microsoft says, up 4% from the same period in 2016. And, worldwide, Windows still reigns supreme: In that same third quarter of 2017, Windows accounted for 66.5% of global K-12 classroom PC shipments.

Now, Microsoft is striking back against Google’s domestic dominance, with a series of announcements designed to make Windows PCs, Microsoft Office 365, and even the Minecraft video game sensation more appealing for education customers at home and abroad.

Chief among those announcements: New laptops for the classroom, priced between $189 and $299, manufactured by partners Lenovo and JP. These laptops will run Windows 10 S, a version of the operating system streamlined for better battery life and performance — at the big tradeoff of only being able to install apps from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi tells Business Insider that Microsoft is trying to undercut the price advantage of Chromebooks, which often sell for under Read More Here