Today we’re pleased to announce the release of our second-generation Atlas computer, a 2-in-1 laptop purpose-built for K-12 classrooms. Beginning today, the all-new Atlas will be sold at physical Microsoft Store locations in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
“We believe the new Atlas is competitive with any other laptop dedicated to education currently on the market,” said Christian Bak, Bak USA’s vice president of products. “It’s a product we’re incredibly proud of because it was built in Buffalo, New York, by a workforce that represents the new face of American manufacturing. That it is now available to see and touch, live and in person, at Microsoft Stores across North America is a testament not only to its quality but also to the ways in which the Atlas can transform a child’s educational experience.”
Built to exceed the limitations of the traditional classroom computer with dust-resistant, drop-resistant, and water-resistant durability, Bak USA’s new Atlas 2-in-1 laptop is billed as the strongest, most versatile laptop ever made. The Atlas runs Windows 10 Pro and Office 365 for Education software with multiple features for connectivity, accessibility, and productivity.
“The new Atlas is competitive with any other laptop dedicated to education currently on the market.”
Powered by a Quad Core Intel® Atom processor™, the second-generation Atlas has received a major boost in speed and performance as compared to its predecessor, the Atlas 12. It includes creative yet practical tools for education, including a built-in handle, an attached active stylus, a 180-degree rotatable camera, and extended battery life.
Bak USA’s announcement comes just days after Microsoft Corp. announced its newest commitment to education at a special event in New York City, reestablishing the company as a premier provider of intuitive technology for modern-day classrooms.
“The Atlas 2-in-1 is a great example of innovative hardware that allows students to achieve more in the classroom.”
Microsoft’s suite of tools for education—also available on the new Atlas—now includes Microsoft Teams, a group chat tool for classroom collaboration; a free trial of Minecraft: Education Edition, including new features designed to introduce students to coding; and 3-D and Windows Mixed Reality software that will enable educators to create new curricula for their students and peers. Collectively, these tools represent Microsoft’s commitment to STEM education.
Built in concert with Microsoft’s mission in STEM, the new Atlas is a powerful tool for teaching and learning about science, technology, math, engineering, art, and math. The Atlas STEAM Starter Kit features an optional, detachable microscope powered by pre-loaded LabCamera software and ClapMotion, a program that enables students to make stop-motion movies by clapping their hands. The software converts the Atlas into a mobile lab or studio and creates cross-curricular learning opportunities for students of all ages, at every level, in any classroom.
The relationship between Bak USA and Microsoft continues to demonstrate the companies’ shared commitment to creating unique learning experiences that enhance teaching and learning in the 21st century.
“The Atlas 2-in-1 truly gives students the ability to do more.”
“We’re proud of the work we’re doing with Bak USA to contribute to the variety of form factors built with students in mind,” said Gary Fowle, vice president of U.S. OEM, Microsoft Corp. “The Atlas 2-in-1 is a great example of innovative hardware that allows students to achieve more in the classroom. When coupled with the best version of Windows and programs like Office 365, the Atlas 2-in-1 truly gives students the ability to do more.”
“At Bak USA, we’re deeply committed to supporting students and teachers in all settings,” said Bak USA President Ulla Bak. “Now that our computers are available at Microsoft Stores, Bak USA is closer to achieving our vision of making high-quality computers accessible to as many people as possible—especially young people who deserve the high-tech tools they need to succeed.”
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