At Microsoft’s education event, the company released a new addition to their Surface lineup. The new device has a straightforward name: it is called the Surface Laptop. And it runs a toned down version of world’s most popular operating system, called Windows 10 S. Microsoft wants to sell the Surface Laptop to university students, who require speed and reliability at all times.
Windows 10 S is, perhaps, the most fundamental problem of the Surface Laptop. Windows 10 S maintains excellent performance and long battery life by not allowing you to install any application outside of the Windows Store. That isn’t a bad idea, but with the lack of excellent Windows apps on the Store, you can’t run much on the laptop. Imagine being denied from installing Adobe Photoshop, iTunes, Chrome or even Steam simply because it isn’t available on the Windows Store. It just won’t gel well with students who are expected to use a lot of third-party apps beyond Office and Windows Store apps.
Sure, you can update Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro, but that installation comes at a price. If you are buying a $1000+ laptop, you would definitely want to use it for everything, not just for making presentations.
The configurations available are as follows: