Microsoft adds a Surface Laptop to its stable of devices

Angelica Greene
May 11, 2017

But he stressed that Microsoft's new laptop is thinner than these Apple devices and has a longer battery life.

Although Windows chief Terry Myerson did not specifically mention when these desktop Office apps would be arriving in the Windows Store, he hinted that the move would be a strong selling point for Windows 10 S as Microsoft prepares to recapture market share from Chromebooks in the classroom environment.

The laptop, which Microsoft announced at an event in NY, weighs 2.76 pounds (1.25 kilograms), less than the comparable MacBook Air from Apple.

At an event on Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled a glossy new laptop and an updated version of Windows 10 meant to appeal to students and educators. "So it seems Microsoft is trying to steal some of the glitter of the old rival", she added.

Microsoft also claimed that Windows 10 S will offer significantly better battery life, with the Surface Laptop said to be able to last for 14.5 hours on a single charge.

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. Why Microsoft made this decision is beyond me, but if user feedback and demand grows to an unprecedented level, maybe Microsoft will change their minds.

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Like the Windows 10 Pro, the Windows 10 S also supports Windows Update for Business, which allows administrators to select deployment schedules for feature updates and to defer normal quality updates for up to 30 days.

Microsoft probably realizes this and that is why it has announced that a whole bunch of OEMs will be manufacturing and shipping devices with the 10 S software inside, starting this summer. Unlike other Surface models, it does not run the traditional version of Windows. Would you rather have a Surface Pro 5? The images showed a laptop system with a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and in four colors of platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold.

Luckily, if you feel all that hardware is being underused with Windows S, Microsoft also offers a $49 upgrade from Windows 10 S to the full Windows 10 Pro.

Leading up to the announcement, the Surface Laptop was widely anticipated to be a competitor to the Google Chromebook, which has become a favorite among educators and students.

Once again, Panay compared the Surface Laptop to Apple's products, saying the device is 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air and that the Core i7 in the Surface Laptop is faster than the i7 in the MacBook Pro.

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