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Microsoft 365 Education and F1 subscriptions announced alongside new Windows 10 S devices

By Shawn Knight
Sep 25, 2017
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  1. Microsoft on Monday at its Ignite conference expanded its Microsoft 365 family with the introduction of new variants for schools and firstline workers.

    Microsoft 365 Education brings together Office 365, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Minecraft: Education Edition in a single package designed specifically for students, faculty and staff.

    Microsoft 365 F1, meanwhile, is meant for those that work the “front line” in customer-facing jobs (behind the counter, on the shop floor, in clinics and so on). It includes Office 365 F1 and Enterprise Mobility + Security as well as new capabilities within Windows 10 and StaffHub.

    Redmond first introduced its business-focused Microsoft 365 subscription bundles in July in two variants: Microsoft 365 Enterprise for large organizations and Microsoft 365 Business for smaller-scale operations with up to 300 users.

    The company on Monday also revealed a handful of new Windows 10 S commercial devices from Acer, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo. Described as simple, secure and easy to manage, the new systems for firstline workers include the HP Stream 14 Pro, the Acer Aspire 1, the Acer Swift 1 and the Lenovo V330. The cheapest of the bunch, the HP Stream 14 Pro, starts at $275 and launches next month.

    Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS. It’s meant to be a lightweight version of Microsoft’s core operating system that only runs apps from the Windows Store.

    Microsoft 365 Education launches on October 1.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Will they be able to use the nomenclature F1? That always been associated with Formula 1 and if not, they'll be going up against the governing body of F1, the FIA and they carry some clout. Although computer office programs and motor racing have nothing in common, M$ does have a stake in F1 in the form of team sponsorship.
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,422   +635

    F1 has also been a high end Canon camera model for decades. I guess it depends on where your area of interest lies as to what F1 reminds you of. That said, I do associate F1 more with Formula 1 racing. I have no idea if MS's use of F1 will be a problem for anyone though.
     
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    True enough. It won't be a problem for an individual but if the FIA has trademarked "F1" as being theirs, they might take offence but I doubt it, doing so would be very childish in my opinion seeing Office F1 and F1 racing have nothing in common but you can't underestimate (understand is more descriptive) the mentality of some companies. Remember Apple trying to sue the pants off Samsung because of similar looking devices, a round cornered rectangle with a bottom button and glass front but that slightly more understandable seeing they're direct competitors in the same market.
     

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