Friday, December 3

Windows 11 SE is the proof that Microsoft is capable of extending the life of modest and old chips


The launch a few days ago of Windows 11 SE and computers based on this “light” version of Windows 11 surprised us for several reasons. There are interesting ideas on this platform, with that focus on the cloud to compete with Chromebooks or your administrator-controlled “whitelist” of applications so that the equipment is used for what it was intended.

We also know that Windows 11 SE “probably” will not be sold separately, and can only be enjoyed on computers specifically geared towards the educational market. Those computers are very modest, but Windows 11 SE promises a smooth experience on them and that raises a question: Why not release a Windows 11 SE for modest and older computers that they can thus extend their useful life with all the guarantees?

This is not like Windows 10 S

Unlike what happened with the almost forgotten Windows 10 S – which later became the “S Mode” of any Windows 10 – in Windows 11 SE there are more applications than the native Microsoft ones– Target students will be able to install other browsers or apps like Zoom.

It is the school administrators – the kids will not be able to install Fortnite for good – who will be able to enable the installation of those applications in a kind of “white list”, although curiously we will not have access to the Microsoft Store, the application store of the operating system.

There are other differences, such as the ability to use Chrome extensions by default in Microsfot Edge —this option is disabled by default in Windows 11—, but is in your cloud focus where things get interesting.

What would a hypothetical ‘Windows 11 Lite’ look like

On the official FAQ of the operating system explains how Windows 11 SE “is a cloud-oriented operating system. Therefore requires less memory and it uses fewer resources than traditional Windows Pro, so it can behave more fluidly. “

Win11se 2

In addition to proposing a simplified user interface “to minimize distractions and keep the focus on education”, this version also has “built-in enhancements to optimize performance on low-cost hardware“.

Nine things I like and six that need improvement in Windows 11

In Microsoft they do not specify what those improvements are, but everything indicates that Windows 11 components and services that consume resources have been removed, thus lightening the operating system and freeing it from options that are not necessary for most users.

That makes us think that Microsoft it might as well have a kind of “Windows 11 Lite” that was designed for old computers or those with more modest hardware that we would like to continue taking advantage of.

There are several requirements of Windows 11 – such as having TPM support – that were theoretically going to limit the number of computers on which Windows 11 could be installed, but in many cases there is a way to skip them even with the blessing of Microsoft, which has ended up offering a method to install Windows 11 on theoretically unsupported systems.

Old and modest teams can go on fighting for a long time

What happens is that the performance on these computers may not be ideal, and here the appearance of that hypothetical “Windows 11 Lite” could improve these scenarios. Actually the user community has already done something like this with Windows 10 in the past: the so-called “Windows 10 Lite” it’s a custom version and unofficial Windows 10 that was committed to eliminating unnecessary components and also used to eliminate the monitoring that some system programs make of their users.

Linux Lite

Linux Lite is a lightweight Linux distribution very popular among users of more modest and / or older computers.

There were other tools like Windows10Debloater that eliminated applications and services installed by default in Windows 10, but as in the previous case these tools came from unknown sources and therefore posed (and pose) security risks and privacy of the users who choose them.

The alternative for computers that are lagging behind is clear: keep Windows 10 —this version will continue to be supported until October 14, 2025— or even go to lightweight Linux distributionsLubuntu and Linux Lite they are two well-known in this field— which are precisely designed to be able to offer a fluid work environment even on modest and / or old hardware.

What seems clear is that if Microsoft offers a version of Windows 11 SE that works on modest hardware – the $ 250 notebooks they are aimed at are proof of this – it could also propose a special edition of Windows 11 aimed at computers. equally modest, but not oriented to the educational market.



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