Microsoft takes aim at Google with laptop, slim Windows

Elbert EdwardsMay 09, 2017

These laptops will be available in the U.S., and will be powered by the Windows 10 S system. Here's a closer look at the new laptop.

Microsoft had a lot to say at their event today in NY, so some stuff had to be cut and announced quietly online. But he said the Surface laptop is lighter and thinner with a longer battery life than any MacBook Air or MacBook Pro on the market today. Microsoft's previous effort at a slimmed-down Windows, Windows RT, wasn't popular because it wouldn't run older programs unavailable in the Windows Store. If you're already set on buying one of these for high school or college coursework, or even just general use, it might be wise to tack 50 bucks on top of whichever configuration you choose to get Windows 10 Pro.

According to Microsoft, the applications ensure "Microsoft-verified security and integrity".

Having said that Windows 10 S does not allow its users to change the default search engine from Bing to any other search engine like Google.

Speaking of Chromebooks, it is confirmed that no Surface device will be introduced in the event, however, a new hardware might be. The device will be available starting from $999 and upwards and will start shipping next month.

The latest addition to the surface series comes out as an actual laptop and not a 2-in-1 like they attempted with the Surface Book last time. The base model includes 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and runs on an Intel Core i5 processor.

Windows 10 S is primarily aimed at the educational market, so it does make sense that Microsoft wants students growing up using its services. It will be available in four colour options - Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, Grey and Platinum.

The screen has a 2256 x 1504 pixel resolution, giving it a 3:2 aspect ratio and 201 pixels per inch density.

The Intel Core i7 range with Intel Iris graphics starts at $1599 for the 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM version. Now, while numerous design elements are the same, the 13.5-inch (2,256 x 1,504) PixelSense touch display, the smooth glass-coated Precision touchpad, the chrome logo centered on the aluminum lid, we're told that very few parts from previous parts are found within the Surface Laptop. There are no USB-C ports, which may seem confusing at first, as the industry is quickly shifting toward the newer standard. On the WiFi front, it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible and it also supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

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