Windows 11 SE Overview

Windows 11 SE is an edition of Windows that's designed for education. Windows SE runs on web-first devices that use essential education apps, and it comes with Microsoft Office 365 preinstalled (subscription sold separately).

For education customers seeking cost-effective devices, Microsoft Windows 11 SE is a great choice. Windows 11 SE includes the following benefits:

  • A simplified and secure experience for students, where student privacy is prioritized. With a curated allowlist of applications maintained by Microsoft, Windows SE is designed to only run essential education apps
  • IT admin can remotely manage Windows 11 SE devices using Microsoft Intune for Education
  • It's built for low-cost devices

Screenshot of Windows 11 SE showing Start menu and taskbar with default layout

Get Windows 11 SE

Windows 11 SE is only available preinstalled on devices from OEMs. OEMs install Windows 11 SE, and make the devices available for you to purchase. For example, you can purchase Microsoft Surface SE devices with Windows 11 SE already installed.

Application types

The following table lists the different application types available in Windows operating systems, detailing which application types are enabled in Windows 11 SE.

App type Description Enabled Note
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) PWAs are web-based applications that can run in a browser and that can be installed as standalone apps. PWAs are enabled by default in Windows 11 SE.
Web apps Web apps are web-based applications that run in a browser. Web apps are enabled by default in Windows 11 SE.
Win32 Win32 applications are Windows classic applications that may require installation If users try to install or execute Win32 applications that haven't been allowed to run, they'll fail.
Universal Windows Platform (UWP)/Store apps UWP apps are commonly obtained from the Microsoft Store and may require installation If users try to install or execute UWP applications that haven't been allowed to run, they'll fail.

Important

If there are specific Win32 or UWP applications that you want to allow, work with Microsoft to get them enabled. For more information, see Add your own applications.

Applications included in Windows 11 SE

The following table lists all the applications included in Windows 11 SE and the pinning to either the Start menu or to the taskbar.

App name App type Pinned to Start? Pinned to taskbar?
Alarm & Clock UWP
Calculator UWP
Camera UWP
Microsoft Edge Win32
Excel Win32
Feedback Hub UWP
File Explorer Win32
FlipGrid PWA
Get Help UWP
Media Player UWP
Maps UWP
Minecraft: Education Edition UWP
Movies & TV UWP
News UWP
Notepad Win32
OneDrive Win32
OneNote Win32
Outlook PWA
Paint Win32
Photos UWP
PowerPoint Win32
Settings UWP
Snip & Sketch UWP
Sticky Notes UWP
Teams Win32
To Do UWP
Whiteboard UWP
Word Win32

Available applications

The following applications can also run on Windows 11 SE, and can be deployed using Intune for Education. For more information, see Configure applications with Microsoft Intune

Application Supported version App Type Vendor
3d builder 15.2.10821.1070 Win32 Microsoft
AirSecure 8.0.0 Win32 AIR
Alertus Desktop 5.4.44.0 Win32 Alertus technologies
Brave Browser 106.0.5249.65 Win32 Brave
Bulb Digital Portfolio 0.0.7.0 Store Bulb
CA Secure Browser 14.0.0 Win32 Cambium Development
Cisco Umbrella 3.0.110.0 Win32 Cisco
CKAuthenticator 3.6+ Win32 Content Keeper
Class Policy 114.0.0 Win32 Class Policy
Classroom.cloud 1.40.0004 Win32 NetSupport
CoGat Secure Browser 11.0.0.19 Win32 Riverside Insights
Dragon Professional Individual 15.00.100 Win32 Nuance Communications
DRC INSIGHT Online Assessments 12.0.0.0 Store Data recognition Corporation
Duo from Cisco 2.25.0 Win32 Cisco
e-Speaking Voice and Speech recognition 4.4.0.8 Win32 e-speaking
Epson iProjection 3.31 Win32 Epson
eTests 4.0.25 Win32 CASAS
FortiClient 7.2.0.4034+ Win32 Fortinet
Free NaturalReader 16.1.2 Win32 Natural Soft
Ghotit Real Writer & Reader 10.14.2.3 Win32 Ghotit Ltd
GoGuardian 1.4.4 Win32 GoGuardian
Google Chrome 102.0.5005.115 Win32 Google
Illuminate Lockdown Browser 2.0.5 Win32 Illuminate Education
Immunet 7.5.0.20795 Win32 Immunet
Impero Backdrop Client 4.4.86 Win32 Impero Software
Inspiration 10 10.11 Win32 Inspiration Software, Inc.
JAWS for Windows 2022.2112.24 Win32 Freedom Scientific
Kite Student Portal 8.0.3.0 Win32 Dynamic Learning Maps
Kortext 2.3.433.0 Store Kortext
Kurzweil 3000 Assistive Learning 20.13.0000 Win32 Kurzweil Educational Systems
LanSchool Classic 9.1.0.46 Win32 Stoneware, Inc.
LanSchool Air 2.0.13312 Win32 Stoneware, Inc.
Lightspeed Smart Agent 1.9.1 Win32 Lightspeed Systems
MetaMoJi ClassRoom 3.12.4.0 Store MetaMoJi Corporation
Microsoft Connect 10.0.22000.1 Store Microsoft
Mozilla Firefox 99.0.1 Win32 Mozilla
NAPLAN 2.5.0 Win32 NAP
Netref Student 22.2.0 Win32 NetRef
NetSupport Manager 12.01.0014 Win32 NetSupport
NetSupport Notify 5.10.1.215 Win32 NetSupport
NetSupport School 14.00.0011 Win32 NetSupport
NextUp Talker 1.0.49 Win32 NextUp Technologies
NonVisual Desktop Access 2021.3.1 Win32 NV Access
NWEA Secure Testing Browser 5.4.356.0 Win32 NWEA
PaperCut 22.0.6 Win32 PaperCut Software International Pty Ltd
Pearson TestNav 1.10.2.0 Store Pearson
Questar Secure Browser 4.8.3.376 Win32 Questar, Inc
ReadAndWriteForWindows 12.0.60.0 Win32 Texthelp Ltd.
Remote Desktop client (MSRDC) 1.2.3213.0 Win32 Microsoft
Remote Help 3.8.0.12 Win32 Microsoft
Respondus Lockdown Browser 2.0.9.00 Win32 Respondus
Safe Exam Browser 3.3.2.413 Win32 Safe Exam Browser
Senso.Cloud 2021.11.15.0 Win32 Senso.Cloud
Smoothwall monitor 2.8.0 Win32 Smoothwall Ltd
SuperNova Magnifier & Screen Reader 21.02 Win32 Dolphin Computer Access
SuperNova Magnifier & Speech 21.02 Win32 Dolphin Computer Access
VitalSourceBookShelf 10.2.26.0 Win32 VitalSource Technologies Inc
Winbird 19 Win32 Winbird Co., Ltd.
WordQ 5.4.23 Win32 Mathetmots
Zoom 5.9.1 (2581) Win32 Zoom
ZoomText Fusion 2022.2109.10 Win32 Freedom Scientific
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader 2022.2109.25 Win32 Freedom Scientific

Add your own applications

If the applications you need aren't in the available applications list, then you can submit an application request at aka.ms/eduapprequest. Anyone from a school district can submit the request. In the form, sign in with your school account, such as user@contoso.edu. We'll update you using this email account.

Microsoft reviews every app request to make sure each app meets the following requirements:

  • Apps can be any native Windows app type, such as a Microsoft Store app, Win32 app, .MSIX, .APPX, and more
  • Apps must be in one of the following app categories:
    • Content Filtering apps
    • Test Taking solutions
    • Assistive technologies
    • Classroom communication apps
    • Essential diagnostics, management, and supportability apps
  • Apps must meet the performance requirements of Windows 11
  • Apps must meet the following security requirements:
    • All app binaries are code-signed
    • All files include the OriginalFileName in the resource file header
    • All kernel drivers are WHQL-signed
  • Apps don't have an equivalent web application
  • Apps can't invoke any processes that can be used to jailbreak a device, automate jailbreaks, or present a security risk. For example, processes such as Reg.exe, CBE.exe, CMD.exe, and KD.exe are blocked on Windows 11 SE

If the app meets the requirements, Microsoft works with the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to test the app, and make sure the app works as expected on Windows 11 SE.

When the app is ready, Microsoft will update you. Then, you add the app to the Intune for Education portal, and assign it to your Windows 11 SE devices.

For more information on Intune requirements for adding education apps, see Configure applications with Microsoft Intune.