Microsoft’s Education event has been some of the hype recently. Microsoft was expected to release a new version of Windows 10 as well as a Surface Laptop to target Chromebooks. Here is what was announced today.
Windows 10 S
Essentially Microsoft’s take on chromeOS, Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 S. While we are not exactly sure what the “S” means, we do know that Windows 10 S is a more efficient and lightweight OS compared to the fully fledged OS. Windows 10 S is also limited to downloading apps from the Windows store to keep up battery life and security.
Windows store apps are very well optimized and secure, and are screened by Microsoft. They also run in tight sandboxes, allowing the system to perform at peak efficiency. This also means that the OS can control apps individually to adjust performance and memory usage. While currently there aren’t many apps in the store, Microsoft is targeting this OS at the education sector and the apps found should be sufficient for note-taking and casual stuff, or even gaming. Microsoft also allows developers to migrate their win32 apps over to the store simply, so this new OS should urge developers to do so.
Lastly, if users wish to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, they can do so by paying an additional $50.
To go alongside the new chromeOS competitor, Microsoft also released a Chromebook competitor called the Surface Laptop. It is simply a clamshell laptop with no detachable screen or fulcrum hinge. It is built with aluminium and the keyboard deck is lined with Alcantara fabric. It sports a 13.5″ PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The display is touch and pen enabled.
Spec wise, you can configure the Surface Laptop with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake i5 or i7 dual-core CPUs. You can also add up to 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD.
The Surface Laptop will come in 4 colors: platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold. Microsoft claims up to 14.5 hours of battery life on regular use.
The Surface Laptop will be running Windows 10 S, and is available for pre-order now. It will start shipping on June 15th.
The entry level Surface Laptop with i5, 4GB RAM, and 128GB storage begins at $999.