Everything you need to know about Windows 10 S

Todd Singleton
May 15, 2017

As the BBC's British news network reports, Microsoft's goal with the release of the new Surface is to compete vigorously with Apple's Macbook Air.

Microsoft is looking to go to the top of the class with its new Surface Laptop, unveiled overnight in NY and featuring the new Windows 10S operating system, as the vendor looks to take on both Google's Chromebook and Apple's MacBook Pro.

The software giant is hoping to take back some ground from Google and its easy-to-use browser-based Chrome OS.

The firm has kicked off pre-orders here in Blighty, revealing that the entry-level model - which comes with a Core i5 processor, lowly 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD - is available to buy for £979.

The Surface Laptop features a classic clamshell shape and a keyboard that is covered with a cloth-like material called Alcantara.

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Microsoft is touting the Surface Laptop as a device without many trade-offs around specs. Desktop programs may also become available on the OS, but they'll need to be repackaged for the OS and then listed on the Windows Store.

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday unveiled Windows 10 S, a streamlined version of its popular operating system, geared toward low-priced laptops for students, as it tries to take share from Google's Chrome OS-run computers.

During the Windows 10 S launch event, Microsoft showcased the operating system's superior boot times and increased performance, stating that Windows 10 S can run on less-powerful hardware than standard Windows 10. You can learn much more about it, and the Windows 10 S operating system it runs on, at The Verge.

Windows 10 S will also include a Set-up School PCs for schools which let them make a configuration for a PC. It runs on Intel's powerful Core i5 or Core i7 processors. However, Microsoft said it is not locking educational users into Windows 10 S if they want to switch to the company's standard OS. With that one, you can choose from burgundy, cobalt blue, graphite gold, or platinum, but in all the others, the sole color option is platinum.

How do I get Windows 10 S? The Surface Laptop will start shipping in the U.S. from June 15th.

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