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Microsoft's all-in-one 365 subscription is available for schools

Microsoft's all-in-one 365 subscription is available for schools
From Engadget - September 25, 2017

The company is also bending over backwards to court "firstline workers," or the people you actually meet when you interact with a company (such as sales reps and clerks).There's a version of Microsoft 365 for them (no Minecraft, sadly), but they are also getting a slew of Windows 10 S laptops that take advantage of the platform's Windows Store-only app access to boost security.More than anything, the focus here is on cost: the Acer Aspire 1 and Swift 1, HP Stream 14 Pro and Lenovo V330 range in price from $275 to $349, and they are more notable for their no-frills "ultraslim" designs than any clever tricks.You are not going to crave one the way you might a Surface Laptop, but that's not the point -- this is about proving that Windows 10 S is not just for schools nervous about malware.

There's also an important update about software that's going away.Microsoft has announced that it's focusing on Teams as its main communications tool for business, and it will gradually phase out Skype for Business as a consequence.This is not a huge shock, especially since Teams and Skype share enough architecture that they can coexist, but it reflects the effect apps like Slack have had on the working world.If Microsoft did not offer a direct alternative, there was a risk that it could lose an important part of the market to a startup.Teams wo not necessarily upset Slack's early lead, but it's now getting the kind of attention it might need to thrive at your workplace.

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