Microsoft Unveils Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S for Education

Eyeing an education market that's been dominated by Apple and Google, Microsoft yesterday announced a new Surface Laptop aimed at college students and a new operating system, Windows 10 S, that runs only apps from the Windows Store.

By running only verified Microsoft apps, Windows 10 S is designed to provide a safe, secure and fast-loading experience for classroom settings, according to Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group.

While its $999-and-up Surface Laptop targets college students, Microsoft has also partnered with other manufacturers, such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba to produce a variety of lower-price Windows 10 S devices for schools that start at $189. 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.

'Refresh' of Classic Laptop

Featuring a 13.5-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the Surface Laptop weighs in at 2.76 pounds and is 14.47 millimeters thick. It's powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core processor and will offer a battery life of up to 14.5 hours, according to Microsoft devices head Panos Panay.

"We built Surface Laptop to do two things: refresh the classic laptop form factor that our customers, especially college students, have been asking for; and make a Surface that works seamlessly to showcase the best of Windows 10 S," Panay wrote yesterday on the Windows blog.

Panay said the Surface Laptop was designed to provide college-age users with important features, such as long battery life, storage capabilities, display quality, and portability. Other features are aimed at making the device more visually and physically appealing. Rather than metal or plastic, the worktop surface is covered by a fabric called Alcantara that has a feel similar...

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