Microsoft announces the Surface Laptop at its education event

Windows 10 S will allow laptop manufacturers to compete directly with Google Chromebooks at the $189 price point.

It runs on Windows 10 S, which is targeted at students.

Microsoft's Edge browser is the default, but "Windows 10S will run any browser in the Windows Store", Myerson said, meaning that if Google is willing to put Chrome there, then the new OS would run it.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, framed the day's product announcements as being part of the company's mission to "democratize the educational opportunity for every student". According to Microsoft's Panos Pranay, the Surface Laptop has been designed keeping in mind the needs of students who are on the verge of graduating from the high school. The device should also wake and sleep instantly upon the lid being opened or closed. This means that the developers of many apps will need to repackage their programs and upload it on Windows Store.

All said, Microsoft's Surface business is not going hunky dory, the company is struggling to make it a success. It weighs 2.76 pounds and has an impressive estimated battery life of 14.5 hours.

This app containerization is much different than the almost-anything-goes approach that Windows has used historically, including in Windows 10 Pro.

The laptop, which Microsoft announced at an event in NY, weighs 2.76 pounds (1.25 kilograms), less than the comparable MacBook Air from Apple. On the other hand, the high-end variant comes powered by Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 and an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. 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 also unveiled the new Surface Arc Mouse which is a new version of the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse from a few years back. The Surface Laptop is slated to start shipping by June 15.

There's some evidence of compromise in the available ports however, the Surface Book only includes one full sized USB-A port, DisplayPort, headphone jack and Microsoft's proprietary charging port, found on the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. Microsoft's Surface Laptop brings the customization of the Surface line to laptop form, offering multiple colors (Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Graphite Gold) and processor options to choose from.

Along with the Surface Laptop, Microsoft announced forthcoming Windows 10 S devices from its partners, including Acer, Toshiba, Samsung, ASUS, Dell, HP and Fujitsu. Microsoft notes that the login process on this OS has been tweaked, taking just 15 seconds for a student to log in and use for the first time.

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