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Microsoft Surface Laptop Windows 10 S Unveiled at Microsoft's Education event

16 May 2017

Microsoft is looking to go to the top of the class with its new Surface Laptop, unveiled overnight in NY and featuring the new Windows 10S operating system, as the vendor looks to take on both Google's Chromebook and Apple's MacBook Pro. 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. As the name suggests, the company has opted for a traditional clamshell laptop, ditching the touchscreen tablet with kickstand and the detachable keyboard of the Surface Book.

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. However, instead of running Chrome OS, it runs on a slimmed down version of Windows 10.

The company also introduced a new code-builder addition to its Minecraft education edition to help students learn coding skills through the popular game. The Edge browser will be the "only" default browser on Windows 10 S machines. With that one, you can choose from burgundy, cobalt blue, graphite gold, or platinum, but in all the others, the sole color option is platinum. After the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 Pro expires, users will still be able to switch for $50.

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All of the new devices run Windows 10 S, a new variant of Microsoft's flagship operating system. This includes a full version of the Office suite. It also is created to work with the Surface Dial and Surface Pen accessories from Microsoft's Surface desktop and tablets.

"Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store", Microsoft's Windows Chief Terry Myerson said, The Verge reported.

Microsoft Corp. and its partners unveiled new laptops aimed at challenging Alphabet Inc.'s Google at the low-end of the education market and Apple Inc.at higher prices.

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The base model of the Surface Laptop is powered by the latest Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD storage while users can opt for an Intel Core i7 processor and different memory and storage configurations. The Surface Laptop will start shipping in the United States from June 15th.

Here's the trick: Consumers who buy the Surface Laptop can pay a one-time $49 upgrade fee to move from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro.

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