Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd May 2017 15:41 UTC

Microsoft's education press event just wrapped up, and two announcements stood out. First and foremost, the company unveiled Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is exactly the same as regular Windows 10, except in that it's locked to applications available in the Windows Store. Note that this doesn't mean it can't run Win32 applications; it runs Win32 applications, but only those available in the Windows Store. Users can upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for 50 dollars to allow the use of non-Windows Store applications.

The second announcement that stood out was a new hardware device: the Surface Laptop. Aimed straight at college/university students currently probably buying MacBooks, the Surface Laptop is a downright beautiful machine with all the current specifications we've come to expect from a modern laptop, such as Core i5 and i7 processors, SSD storage, a 2250x1500 13.5" display, and a battery life of 14.5 hours. Starting price will be $999. Americans can order today, and it will ship 15 June.

It's available in four colours, and one of those colours is burgundy, so everything else is invalid and a waste of time, because the burgundy model is the only model that counts. I really don't want to go back to a laptop with a fixed keyboard, but at the same time, burgundy. All your arguments and facts and reasoning and fake news are irrelevant now.

In all seriousness, this looks like a great laptop, aimed directly at Apple's popularity among college students. As usual, there's no word on when this thing comes to The Netherlands (nobody cares about us), but once it does, I'm going to have a seriously hard time not buying a specced-out burgundy model.

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Catch them all and make them dumber
by Odisej on Wed 3rd May 2017 08:40 UTC
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It looks like Microsoft is at it again. I see this Windows S introduction more as their will to dominate every single segment of the market. He states at the beginning that it is aimed at "students all over the world" and that it can run on low spec computers.

Microsoft is acting like a political "catch all" party: spread as far and as deep as possible conquering the territory of its rivals. And making users dumber as they are doing it.

This was done many times in the past. And it is happening again. I remember when eeePCs came along. Linux was gaining its foothold and then all of a sudden there was a watered down version of Windows 7 which dominated this segment over night. They have a way of pushing their product down the throat of every user. And I hope they choke on it. Again. Like they did on Windows Mobile.

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