The MacBook Air is a great laptop for students or users who mainly web browser, check email, and view documents. It can still stream video and play music, but is not well suited for heavy office use or any kind of media creation like video editing.
The intel i7 processor allows for fast calculations, the 8 GB of RAM allows users to multitask keeping multiple windows open, and the 256 GB storage space offer limited but fast array of storage to save files and a quick boot up time.
The operating system is macOS Big Sur which is still receiving updates from Apple. All major software will most likely be compatible with this OS for quite some time.