According to the announcement at the May 2nd Microsoft event in New York City, the Surface Laptop will start from the price of $999. Then again the Windows Store has gotten better since, and Microsoft is specifically aiming this at managed environments like the education market, where Chrome OS is thriving with similar limitations.
The new device is Microsoft's first classic clamshell laptop, whereas previous versions converted from a tablet to a notebook. That machine is more targeted at stealing MacBook Pro users, which puts the Surface Laptop square against Apple's entry-level machines.
What separates Windows 10 S from Windows 10 OS is the fact that it offers support only for Universal Windows Platform apps from the Windows Store.
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Microsoft has also announced that it will allow Surface Laptop users to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro free of charge until the end of this year. "This is the thinnest LCD touch model ever created and put into a laptop", said Microsoft's devices chief Panos Panay, complete with 3.4 million pixels. The device has a 13.5-inch display, and the battery life reaches 14 hours. But Windows 10 S, announced alongside the Surface Laptop on Tuesday, is essentially a streamlined version of Windows 10 designed for students and teachers. It weighs 1.25kg and measures 14mm thick. The Surface Laptop will be available in platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold. The new OS only permits users to run apps obtained through Microsoft's online Windows Store, which the company says makes the devices more secure and easier to manage. Surface Laptop has up to 14.5 hours of battery life. However, for those who still feel that the base configuration is a bit underpowered, the Surface Laptop can be bumped up to an Intel i7 processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage. Made to run on lesser hardware and cheaper machines, Windows 10 S is fast and energy efficient. The Surface Laptop will come out on June 15.
Windows 10 S (not Windows Tennis) is a new variation of Windows that sort of works like macOS would if you could only install software from the Mac App Store.