Do you see a Surface Laptop in your future?

Posted May 15, 2017

Microsoft unveiled its Surface Laptop yesterday and it is just as good looking as the leaked images of it suggested.

The company detailed the operating system at an education-focused event in NY. This particular OS was previously known as Windows 10 Cloud given its fast and efficient nature.

"By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places".

The move is created to stop students installing malicious software, but will also stop schools from taking advantage of freeware applications such as GIMP, a popular free alternative to Photoshop.

There is a rather big caveat with Windows 10 S, in that it'll only run external apps that are available on Windows own digital store.

Windows S will be available in a number of low-cost laptops from major computer manufacturers including Dell, HP, and Acer starting at just $189. Even if Google brings the Chrome browser to the Windows Store, Edge will still remain the default choice.

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Before we get into the specifics of the Surface Laptop, let us take a quick look at the Windows 10 S Operating System. As the name suggests, the company has opted for a traditional clamshell laptop, ditching the touchscreen tablet with kickstand and the detachable keyboard of the Surface Book.

During an event in New York City, Microsoft device head Panos Panay said that he heard from graduating high school students that they wanted a Surface laptop, so Microsoft built one. The main difference it has on Windows 10 is that it can only run applications that are available on the Windows Store.

Windows 10 S is a lighter version of Windows 10 designed specifically for the classroom.

As for the specifications, the new Surface Laptop a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Microsoft Surface Laptop is powered by Core i5 and i7 processors and supports up to 1TB PCIe SSD option. Microsoft says the new laptop will have up to 14.5 hours of battery life, compared with 12 hours for the MacBook Air.

Windows 10 Pro users will be able to "upgrade" their device to Windows 10 S free of charge, and the new operating system includes a free one-year subscription to Minecraft Education Edition. The Surface Laptop is already available for pre-orders, but it will only start shipping on June 15th.