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Windows 11 Home

Windows 11 Home is targeted to consumer users of Windows. Family, friends, obsessions, music, creations—Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has what you need for whatever’s next.

Features include:

  • Refreshed look and feel, centered
  • Organize your open windows to pre-configured grid layouts with Snap Assist
  • Call, chat, and make plans come to life with Microsoft Teams
  • Widgets helps you find content that matters to you.

    Warranty Support options available for Windows Home devices are intended for personal use.

Upgrading a current PC? Check here to see if your current PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11.

Windows 11 Pro

Windows 11 Pro has all of the features of Windows 11 Home with added features perfect for professionals and designed for hybrid working.

Additional Pro features include:

  • Domain Join Services.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  • Remote Access Services.
  • Group Policy editor.
  • Windows Update for Business.

    Warranty Support options available for Windows Pro devices are intended for business use.

Windows in S Mode

S Mode delivers the familiar, robust and productive experiences of Windows and is streamlined for security and superior performance. S Mode exclusively uses Microsoft-verified apps in the Windows Store and ensures safe browsing with Microsoft Edge.

Note: S Mode restricts software installation to applications from the Microsoft Store. Devices may be upgraded to their respective Windows editions through the Microsoft Store.

Windows S Mode is offered on a limited set of Dell products.

Linux Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an open-source operating system built for Linux enthusiasts. Dell makes Ubuntu, is one of the most popular operating systems in the market, available free of any licensing fees. There are thousands of free applications available through the Ubuntu Software Center.
LibreOffice (office productivity suite) is included and Ubuntu is compatible with the Microsoft Office Suite.

The Ubuntu operating system offers safety and security through a trusted application software repository, data encryption and built-in protection from malware and viruses. For longevity and stability, Ubuntu includes 5 years of free security and maintenance updates with Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support). Dell offers Ubuntu on select products as an alternative to Windows or Chrome.

Chrome OS

The Chrome operating system from Google is an open-sourced, Linux kernel-based operating system and is targeted to consumer users that do not require or plan to use an endpoint management solution for their device.  Chrome is optimized for web-centric experiences and internet tasks.

Note: A Chrome management license can be purchased separately for this version of the Chrome OS.

Chrome Enterprise Upgrade

Chrome Enterprise is the ideal choice for Enterprise customers and their growing base of “Cloud First” Knowledge Workers. Chrome Enterprise enables device management and is compatible with a wide variety of endpoint management solutions, including Workspace One from VMware, for seamless IT integration into mixed environments.

Additional capabilities include:

  • OS version pinning + scheduling.
  • Remote supportability.
  • Chrome device management.
  • Login restrictions and lost/stolen protection.

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