Microsoft offers free Windows 10 Pro upgrade to Surface Laptop buyers

Microsoft has also added the iconic Alcantra fabric keyboard (of the Surface Pro 4) with backlighting.

This is, obviously, the biggest product launch at the #MicrosoftEDU event.

Although users are yet to experience the actual battery performance of the all-new device, Microsoft has assured that its flagship laptop is specifically created to outlast any version of MacBook available in the market today.

Microsoft said the switch from Windows 10 S to Pro is one-way only; users can not revert back to Windows 10 S.

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a Surface laptop and streamlined operating software in a move aimed at regaining ground in classrooms, where Google Chromebooks have taken hold. Now, one of the most interesting features is the Alcantara®-covered keyboard and soft palm rest which is ideal for the long hours of writing and writing. Microsoft officials claim the Surface Laptop will get 14.5 hours of battery life, but typically systems never achieve maximum power estimates.

Australian pricing is yet to be released, but in the United States, the Surface Laptop starts at US$999 (A$1324) for a Core i5 processor system with 4GB memory and 128GB solid state storage.

The Surface Laptop will be available in four colours - burgundy, graphite gold, platinum, and cobalt blue.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S might be a bummer for some users - but we've some good news for you: Microsoft will actually let users upgrade to Windows 10 Pro on the Surface Laptop before the end of this year.

Windows 10 S is a lightweight, secure operating system which is more integrated with the Windows Store than the "standard" Windows 10.

If you do upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, then you'll be able to do whatever you want to your computer.

"You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an.htm file", said Microsoft. But what about the classic Office apps?

Ported Win32 apps are not as restricted in Windows 10 S. However, they are still prevented from installing and running background services without specific user authorization.

The Surface Laptop features some great improvements for a Windows Laptop.

Myerson demonstrated onstage the ability of the new Windows to support peripherals and devices just like the standard Windows 10.

"It's also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security", Microsoft says.

Microsoft has also announced Teams, which is a Slack-like app meant to improve coordination in the workplace and in schools.

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