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Microsoft and Kano released a computer designer on Windows 10 for children of elementary grades

He will teach children the basics of building their own PC.

Educational startup Kano and Microsoft presented a computer designer on Windows for children. It needs to be assembled in parts, and in the end it turns out a working laptop with applications for learning design and programming.

Kano PC runs on Windows 10 S, a lightweight version of the system that supports launching applications only from the Microsoft Store. Externally, the laptop resembles one of the devices of the Surface line, but with a transparent case and reduced functionality.

Both companies believe that the Kano PC is the first computer in the “school class of the future.” The laptop received a 11.6-inch screen, a removable keyboard, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in (with microSD support), and works on a four-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor with a frequency of 1.4 GHz. In addition, the device has an HDMI port, a headphone jack, a microphone, 2 USB connectors, as well as support for WiFi and Bluetooth.

As planned by Microsoft and Kano, with the help of a computer, children will be able to learn the basics of PC assembly: a set of step-by-step instructions on how to connect all the components is attached to the kit. After assembly, you can also learn programming and, for example, create emoji with a binary code. The preinstalled application suite also includes an educational version of Minecraft and other Microsoft products, including Paint 3D and Microsoft Teams.

Kano already produced prefabricated computers for children, but they worked on the basis of the Raspberry Pi 3s and its own Kano OS. Now laptops have a full desktop system. They can be pre-ordered on the company’s website at a price of $ 300 (about 19 thousand rubles), and sets will appear in stores in the USA, Canada and the UK on October 21, 2019.

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