Microsoft Launches $999 Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S

Geronimo Vena
Mag 3, 2017

Dubbed Windows S, it's meant to be cheaper and less resource intensive than Windows 10 Home or Pro by having fewer programs running in the background, while being easier to manage and secure since you can only install apps from Microsoft's Windows Store.

Microsoft has unveiled its new Surface Laptop, which is specifically designed for college students.

The company headquartered in Redmond, Washington state, in northwestern US, claimed at an event in New York City that the new PC is thinner, lighter and faster, with better battery life, display quality, storage and portability, and is available for pre-order starting Tuesday.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is available for preorder now with deliveries and in-store availability set for June 15.

Nadella said it is part of Microsoft's mission to promote positive outcomes in today's classrooms using technology and making that technology more accessible to students of all ability levels. Windows 10 S, the operating system at the heart of both. Save for Windows 10 S, which can be upgraded easily, the Surface Laptop looks like a ideal machine for business.

With the addition of Microsoft-verified security comes the major downside of not being able to find a school or work-related application inside the Windows Store. When a student is ready for more responsibility, they can upgrade the PC to Windows 10 Pro for a minimal price.

The main question for Microsoft now becomes how they help get laptops and their new operating systems into every school, and how they use that to encourage STEM. Microsoft executives boasted that the operating system announced Tuesday boots up rapidly, a hallmark of the Chromebook.

Most Chromebooks are in a completely different class. $200 to $400 gets you a decent machine for interacting with Google 's suite of products, like Gmail, Docs and, most recently, even Android apps, but you can't do much else. The company has decades of experience with schools, and it talked Tuesday about its advantages including the wide range of software for Windows PCs.

Microsoft has decided to make a streamlined version of Windows 10 to cater mainly to the education sector.

He gave a list of partners that included Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba, and said Windows 10 S devices priced as low as $189 should be available in coming months. It starts at $999.

Microsoft has been very vocal about their intentions - to make the laptop a lot more education-friendly. Microsoft also has fresh ideas for education, including allowing students to learn software coding using Minecraft, the building-blocks video game owned by Microsoft.

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