Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 S for its Surface laptops

The company said the Surface laptop integrated with Windows 10 S is priced from $999 and will be available for pre-order starting Tuesday.

On the podcast, we talk about what kind of students the Surface Laptop is for, and if classrooms will embrace Microsoft's push into schools.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, framed the day's product announcements as being part of the company's mission to "democratize the educational opportunity for every student".

As for its own Windows 10 S dedicated device, Microsoft has announced the Surface Laptop. What's more, the laptops will also pack free Office 365 applications for both students and teachers. What works for students when they are preparing reports in MS Word also works for sales professionals when they want to prepare reports in Excel. Meanwhile, administrators will be able to setup machines using a USB drive with preconfigured options - Windows 10 S will simply detect the key and customize all the settings accordingly.

Once you've paid up, the Windows 10 S machine will operate just like any other Windows 10 computer, capable of downloading and running any desktop third-party app from the internet.

And for those non-students or teachers, if you purchase a Windows 10 S device and you want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, you can do so for $49 United States dollars. It is also created to work faster, with the login process now taking only about 15 seconds from boot, which is quicker than Windows 10 Pro on the same hardware. Moreover, logging in post the first log-in should take even less, less than 5 seconds to be precise, according to Microsoft.

The Surface Laptop sticks to the usual Surface swankiness under the hood. It can be optionally upgraded to the full version of Windows 10 Pro for a $50 fee.

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So will you be using Windows 10 S on a PC soon?

Here's what you need to know about it.

So what's the difference between the original-flavor Windows 10 and this new Windows 10 S? It supports the Surface Pen for note taking and drawing on screen.

A 13.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio comes with a backlit keyboard curiously surrounded by cloth, runs on Intel's 7th-gen Core i5 or i7 processors, starts at 4GB RAM (half MacBook Airs), and weighs in at 2.76 pounds.

No matter which one you get, there is a 13.5-inch PixelSense Display, with a resolution of 2,256 by 1,504 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top, that is touch-enabled.

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