Microsoft launches $999 Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S

Will you buy the $999 Surface Laptop?

Unlike the Chromebooks, Windows 10 S machines can run the full desktop versions of different apps. Windows 10 S users shouldn't have much of a problem using Edge as their primary browser even when it comes to productivity.

Microsoft has not yet released the hardware requirements for the new operating system, but said it will run on all devices which support Windows 10.

Microsoft unveiled its latest Surface device yesterday, with Panos Panay showing off the Surface Laptop at an education focused event in New York City. Retailing at $999, the Surface Laptop has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with 3.4 million pixel high contrast screen. Interestingly, the efficiency built into Windows 10 S allows the new Surface Laptop to offer a whopping 14.5 hours of battery life. Instead, expect Windows 10 S to debut on cheaper laptops and tablets from PC manufacturers that want to offer more affordable computers with more bang for their buck. Myerson said that these restrictions are for safety and security.

Devices running Window 10 S, including the upcoming Surface Laptop, will only be able to run apps downloaded from the Windows Store, in exchange for a variety of great features.

Customers who purchase Windows 10 S may upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 Pro for free before the year ends if they are dissatisfied with it. Schools that are using Windows 10 Pro PCs can also choose to install Windows 10 S for free, along with Office 365 Education and Microsoft Teams. Supplied under Windows 10 S (a version of Windows 10 that only accepts the app from the Microsoft Store but the firm has promised a complete upgrade to Windows 10), the Surface Laptop will be marketed from 999 dollars in the U.S. and From 1149 euros in France.

The company also introduced a new code-builder addition to its Minecraft education edition to help students learn coding skills through the popular game.

Now, where Microsoft might really be able to dominate over Chromebooks is bringing full versions of Office to the Windows Store.

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