Will you buy the $999 Surface Laptop? (The 3:59, Ep. 220)

Marlene Weaver
May 9, 2017

We already reported that the Surface Laptop has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Under the hood of the Surface Laptop, you'll find a choice of Intel's latest Core i5 and i7 processors, which Panay claimed would provide the device with 14-hours of battery life. Available for pre-order now, the Surface Laptop is set to hit the market on June 15, while other Windows 10 S devices will come out this summer, Microsoft said.

Meanwhile, users can still download Win32 and Windows 10 apps from the Windows Store on Windows 10 S. However, whatever is available out of the Store won't be accessible to Windows 10 S users.

It runs on Windows 10 S, which is targeted at students. Should they really need to use the particular app, qualified educators and students can switch from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Professional at no cost.

The tech giant also made some changes to how the login process works on the new Windows 10.

The S stands for "streamlined, significant performance, and security", Microsoft Windows boss Terry Myerson said onstage at Microsoft's event.

Fortunately The Verge has found out that Surface Laptop owners will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.

Also, Windows 10 S will be free for all schools that are now running Windows 10 Pro PCs, and include free Office 365 education with Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft has introduced Windows 10 S, which is specifically designed for classrooms.

Windows 10 S: Chrome OS Challenger Or Windows RT 2.0?

By emphasizing such features, Microsoft is clearly taking aim at Google, whose cloud-centric Chromebooks have taken a growing chunk of the classroom computing market in the USA, as well as at Apple, whose laptops are popular among college users.

"If the 10 S story had been kept focused exclusively on education, shop assistants would have had no problem understanding how to pitch this software and how to prepare buyers for its limitations", the article reads.

Windows RT, which was launched four years ago on the Surface RT tablet, was deemed to be a failure.

The Surface Laptop comes with Windows Hello face sign-in camera, 720p HD camera (front-facing). This includes a full version of the Office suite. However, the system is also suitable for other users who want access to Microsoft tools and who are used to downloading apps from the Windows Store.

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