Microsoft takes aim at Google with laptop, slim Windows

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"The Surface Laptop weighs in at just 2.76lbs and 14.47mm at its thickest point, and features a 13.5" Pixelsense touchscreen display with 3.4 million pixels and edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an Alcantara-covered keyboard.

To begin with, Windows 10 S has a new desktop icon. As it's a low cost OS that ideally would be bundled on machines without jacking up the price for the operating system. The default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer in Windows 10 S can not be changed.

Despite being a slightly confusing name to the general consumer, Windows 10 S will be a much slimmer version of Windows where everything that runs on the OS can be downloaded from the Windows Store.

First spotted by Tom Warren of The Verge, Microsoft plainly says so in a Windows 10 S FAQ.

The pre-installed new operating system, known as Windows 10 S, is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar experience that's streamlined for security and performance.

Microsoft's new Set Up School PC app makes it easy for admins to set up devices for classrooms using USB stick.

Users can bump up their Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for $49 (~R652) and if they're a student Microsoft will upgrade the OS for free. It's no secret that college students require long-lasting battery life as such users are constantly on the go so that the Surface Laptop could represent as the ideal purchase. Windows 10 S will be offered free of cost for all the schools now running Windows 10 Pro PCs. However, he said that administrators would be able to upgrade Windows 10 S machines to Windows 10 Pro if they needed the computers to be able to use software unavailable in the Windows Store.

Essentially, the Surface Laptop is a Microsoft version of a Chromebook.

The company also introduced a new code-builder addition to its Minecraft education edition to help students learn coding skills through the popular game.

By emphasizing such features, Microsoft is clearly taking aim at Google, whose cloud-centric Chromebooks have taken a growing chunk of the classroom computing market in the USA, as well as at Apple, whose laptops are popular among college users.

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