New Microsoft Surface Laptop: Specs, Design and New Windows 10 OS

The goal of new EDU strategy is to win back schools across the country. In universities, too, Google has made some headway in recent years with its alternative to Office, now called G Suite.

Chromebooks, rugged laptops that generally cost less than $200, run the browser-like Chrome operating system and easily plug in to Google's range of mostly free-to-use productivity software.

According to The Sun, the interior of the new Surface laptop will be covered in Alcantara suede, a substance known to be extremely grubby. Let us find out.

The new Surface Laptop is the first Surface device without a detachable keyboard.

The Surface Laptop comes with a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with 3:2 aspect ratio and up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB SSD. The Surface Laptop also comes in four different colors: silver, gold, burgundy and gray.

The headlines will probably be dominated by the Surface Laptop, so that's where we'll begin.

This is what's really going to determine whether or not the Surface Laptop is worth it: The laptop itself looks and feels great, but so do HP's Spectre x360 and Dell's XPS 13, both of which start around the same $US999 (about $A1,300) price point, although Australian pricing hasn't been confirmed yet. The Surface Laptop will be priced at $999, which is approximately Rs 64,000 for the base model with 128 storage, 4GB RAM and a Core i5 processor. The screen is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating as well. I personally feel like Microsoft is just trying to act like Apple.

Windows 10S will be available on cheaper computers targeted at elementary schools where teachers want predictable, easy to maintain and quick-booting machines. Or should we say, a deployment platform for Windows Store. To cut the long story short, Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop which is based on the OS should technically be up and running in a jiffy. Microsoft is offering an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for the users wanting to install apps outside of the store.

As such it's clear that the MacOS will offer a lot more for demanding users, with a freer and more well-established system.

You won't be charging it over USB-C (there's a familiar Surface charging adapter in the box instead) but you won't need to bring it with you for a day of school - on a full tank, you'll have enough for a full day of classes, and still have power left over for a Netflix box-set binge when you get home.

Redmond says that Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro. Gizmodo reports that a notebook running Windows 10 S will load a user profile 15 seconds faster than it would on the same notebook running Windows 10 Pro. In short, Microsoft's game-changing product is not the laptop but what's inside it. This frustrates me like someone trying to sell me MacBook dongles. $299 for a mixed reality viewer?

When the original Surface was released, users had the choice of a heavier, more powerful and more expensive Surface device or the Surface RT, which ran a limited version of Windows 8. But it's got an fantastic design, he said, adding that Microsoft now has a full stable of PC products in its arsenal. It is also a student-friendly device, flawless for educational purposes.


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