Microsoft education centric event shows us the company’s approach to the education industry. Google and Apple is already managed to take the large chunk of education market and now Microsoft’s there too. Microsoft just launched a streamlined version on Win 10 (Win 10 S) and a new laptop (Surface Laptop). Since event was education centric, the launch presentation for the new OS and Laptop was too education centric but they can do more than that.
Win 10 S
It’s been almost 2 years since the launch of Microsoft’s “Last OS”, Win 10. With the new concept of Windows-as-a-service, company is providing continuous security, feature update to Win 10. From last year Anniversary update to this year Creators update and now Redstone 3 update scheduled for September of this year, Win 10 has improved a lot. Gained a lot more functionality then 2 year ago. Continuing with WaaS and One Core concept Win 10 S us here. This is the new addition to the Win 10 OS family. According to Microsoft, It is “streamlined for simplicity, is secure and runs with superior performance”.
Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store which means first it is verified for security and performance.
Then when it’s downloaded to the device it runs in a safe container to ensure the execution of the application doesn’t impact the performance of the rest of the system allowing the performance of the device to be same on day 1 as day 1,000.
At any moment you want to do more than what allowed in Win 10 S then you can simply update it to Win 10 Pro from the store. Win 10 S is capable to run on any configuration, from low-end to high-end Surface Book. There are various OEM partners coming up with Win 10 S, starting from $189. Their direct competitor Google Chromebook starts at $149.
This device name is somewhat confusing, it’s a laptop and its name is too “Laptop”. Surface Laptop starts at $999 and goes up to $2199. It comes with Win 10 S pre-installed but as I said at any time you can upgrade it to Win 10 Pro (till 31st Dec 2017). It has 13.5 inch PixelSense display with pixel resolution of 2256*1504 and works on 201 PPI. It has a 3.0 USB port, headphone jack, Mini Display port, Surface Connect Port, compatible with Surface Pen and Surface Dial and has a battery backup of 14.5 hours. It comes with Windows Hello Sign in 3D camera, 720p front facing. As for connectivity it has Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible and supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Microsoft’s other Laptops (Surface Pro, Surface Book) are the hybrid devices but there is nothing extra/hidden feature in this product. Its just a normal laptop with touch screen. Not even 360 degree rotatable touch screen which is more better if you want to use you device as a ‘Touch Device’. All the components are integrated into the motherboard and you can’t expand any of its specification afterwards. So buy the configuration wisely. Beside ‘just a normal laptop’, it has a Surface touch to it. Its keyboard has fabric finish just like Surface Pro type cover. Overall the product looks gorgeous.
It comes in four colors, Platinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue. Device configuration can go up to 16 GB of RAM, Core i7 (7th Gen) with 512 GB of SSD. It’s a touch screen device but in my opinion that’s would only be used as a temporary basic. Its screen wobble when you touch the screen or use Surface Pen on it. It was clearly visible during the presentation too. This is the biggest negative point for this device and I would still prefer Surface Pro 4 rather than Surface Laptop. If you want to check it out there is comparison article for that too.