Microsoft Just Unveiled a New Surface Laptop That Goes After Apple's MacBook
Microsoft Just Unveiled a New Surface Laptop That Goes After Apple's MacBook
11 May, 2017, 04:47
The company announced this new OS, as well as the Surface Laptop today.
While the Microsoft-made Surface Laptop will be a flagship device, created to compete with MacBooks in the education market, Microsoft also announced a range of low-price Windows PCs running Windows 10 S, which are created to challenge Google Chromebooks. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft and Apple had long dominated the school computing market, but Alphabet Inc.'s Google has made inroads recently with its low-cost and simple Chromebooks. It comes in four colors, including cobalt blue and burgundy, and is available for pre-order starting Tuesday.
The new PC, known as Surface Laptop, continues efforts by the technology giant, once prided itself on being the biggest software publisher, to engage the market, both on the hardware and software fronts.
Microsoft has made some bold claims during the press presentation, as Panos Panay from Microsoft said that the performance on the Surface Laptops is "absolutely amazing". More expensive configurations are also available with a faster Intel Core i7 chip, storage capacities up to a terabyte, and as much as 16GB of RAM.
Surface Laptop owners who are desperate to run Google Chrome by default can upgrade their machine from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro with a few clicks. Microsoft says it's the thinnest LCD screen with a touch module ever put on a laptop. Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 that ran on ARM processors, was similarly restricted to Store apps. If the user want to download any third party app, then it prompts to download a similar app from Windows store.
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".
Ported Win32 apps are not as restricted in Windows 10 S. However, they are still prevented from installing and running background services without specific user authorization.
Devices running the latest OS will start shipping at $189 this summer. It's a touchscreen laptop and hence allows you to use it as a standard laptop.
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All machines will ship with a free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition, and schools will also get free Office 365 education with Microsoft Teams. Battery life is also among the highlights, as the laptop should last for 14.5 hours on a single charge.
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