Microsoft launches Surface laptop, streamlined Windows 10

Microsoft launches Surface laptop, streamlined Windows 10

Microsoft launches Surface laptop, streamlined Windows 10

The OS has been specifically geared towards schools that need minimal functionality on their computers to prioritize speed and security.

Neither Apple nor Microsoft have completely locked down desktop operating systems to only run approved apps in either case like Apple has from the start with iOS on iPhone and iPad. The Office Apps will be now available in Preview version this June with the general release planned later this year. Prices start at $999 which makes the new notebooks more targeted toward college students than K-12 classrooms, and Microsoft mentioned the MacBook lineup as its target throughout the presentation. Windows 10 S users can only download apps from the Windows Store and cannot change the operating system's default web browser: Microsoft Edge. Windows 10 S will also be free for all schools now running Windows 10 Pro PCs, and include free Office 365 education with Microsoft Teams.

"Windows over the years has been a very open platform meaning people can install software that writes across the Windows environment", said Nadella. Windows 10 S will be offered free of cost for all the schools now running Windows 10 Pro PCs.

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Panos Panay, device chief for Microsoft, got up on the stage today and explained what led to the creation of the Surface Laptop: "We talk to a lot of them (students)... they're asking for a laptop, they're asking for a Surface laptop,". The new Surface Laptop boasts a 13.5-inch screen, weighs a mere 2.76 pounds and will come in burgundy, cobalt, platinum and gold. The Surface Laptop, though, will perhaps be the most powerful laptop based on Windows 10 S, which was also launched on Tuesday. After the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 Pro expires, users will still be able to switch for $50. Surface Laptop has up to 14.5 hours of battery life. Should Microsoft be promoting the Surface Laptop as a student device, or going directly after Apple and MacBook Pro? All devices shipping with Windows 10 S will have an optional upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for $49.

The basic model - Intel Core i5 version with 128GB SSD storage and 4GB RAM along with Intel HD Graphics 620 will cost $999.

The Surface Laptop will become available in the market starting June 15.

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