Pre-orders for the Surface Laptop opened in 20 countries, including New Zealand and Australia today. The latest OS is essentially Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS. Officials have claimed that the S can stand for security, simplicity, and superior performance.
What is the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 10 S? As the device runs Windows 10 S, the only apps available will be from the Windows Store unless you opt to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. From the user interface to the normal features are still the same on Windows 10 S, so there's nothing to worry about.
There's full support for peripherals and devices like you'd get on a proper Windows 10 machine so it's not like users will be left wishing for more as far as support for their devices is concerned.
While its $999-and-up Surface Laptop targets college students, Microsoft has also partnered with other manufacturers, such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba to produce a variety of lower-price Windows 10 S devices for schools that start at $189.
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.
Windows 10 S: Chrome OS Challenger Or Windows RT 2.0?
The Surface Laptop will be available on June 15th starting at $999 for the Core i5 model, according to Engadget. In the education space, this is Microsoft's strategy to compete with Google's ChromeOS and Chromebook hardware while Apple addresses this market with iOS and iPads for around $300. So, we're taking a new approach: "simplify to magnify", said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group. It basically functioned as a watered-down version of Windows 8 that was not able to run traditional software.
The operating system's education administration suite also includes a built-in wizard for setting up multiple Windows 10 desktops for classroom use.
There are trade-offs. Every application that runs on Windows 10 S has to come from the Windows App Store, a marketplace much smaller than its competition.
The response of customers, particularly in the education sector, to Windows 10 S remains to be seen.