The latest 13.5-inch addition to the company's Surface lineup is created to work with the company's new Windows 10 S operating system that was also unveiled alongside the device.
Microsoft said the switch from Windows 10 S to Pro is one-way only; users can not revert back to Windows 10 S. Microsoft claims that the Surface Laptop's battery life is greater than any Macbook Air present in the market. It also will run the new Windows 10S operating system, software the company presented Tuesday that will be faster and offer better security than previous versions. The company is taking orders for i5-based systems today, which are slated to ship June 15. And after some lengthy introductions of what the new OS can do, Microsoft then whipped out a Surface device that runs on the said OS.
Microsoft has not yet revealed what exactly the letter S stands for, but we do know that the Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows.
Microsoft has introduced Windows 10 S, which is specifically designed for classrooms. With its Surface Laptop, Microsoft hopes to get you to zap the MacBook Air of 13 inches, a computer whose days already seem counted. "This is a one-way switch, as when a user is running Windows 10 Pro they can install anything - but this is the magic of the open Windows platform, which we plan to always continue to make available alongside Windows 10 S". Those purchasing devices running Windows 10 S will also have the choice to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for $49, which if you're wanting to do this on a number of PCs that cost could soon rack up.
Devices powered by Windows 10 S will start at $189, which is a pretty good price. To be clear apps can be installed outside of the confines of the Store but they need to be available through it.
The new device represents Microsoft's first classic clamshell computer -previous versions were either a tablet or a hybrid tablet/notebook. Microsoft Office 365 and Intune for Education will also be free with Windows 10S.
Whether the Surface Laptop will run Linux is yet to be seen - it is essentially an Intel reference standard so that may not be a stretch.