5 important questions about the Surface Laptop answered (video)
There's a lot of confusion about the Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S. In this new video, I try to answer a few questions about the new ultra-cool Ultrabook.
How long did Surface Laptop take to develop? Why did Microsoft not use USB Type-C, and what's the deal with Windows 10 S?
Tune in while I try to answer those questions and more. Stay tuned as well for a deeper dive into Microsoft's muddled messaging on May 2 and what you need to know about it.
We'll, of course, do a lot more on the Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S over the next few weeks. For now, jump into our new Surface Laptop forums to for even more discussion.
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You can SAFELY buy one (or any of the other W10s products from the OEMs) and upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for FREE until the end of this year if you are a student, and only $49.95 for everyone else (still an excellent deal as W10Pro is $100 by itself.).
W10s is also NOT for the general market and will not be sold commercially at all. Only the OEMs can get it (and Edu clients with Premier contracts, kind of like W10 Enterprise.)
Notice that all these devices have screens smaller than 13'. That is because it is FREE to the OEM if the screen is smaller than 13' (and that is the preferred size for the Edu market.)
This is designed for little Billy to take his 4th grade Art-Design tests on, not for you to frag noobs in COD or run Design the next SpaceX rocket in Solidworks or write Business apps in Visual Studio (although some have enough oompf to do that if you upgrade to W10Pro.)
Take it for what it is, a really nice design, clean and simple and elegant to get some more of that K-12 market share (and sell-through MS management products for the School.) These have pretty nice hardware, so go ahead and buy one, but take immediate advantage of the Windows Pro upgrade. You would be a fool not to.
Q1: The S Pro can be laid flat for easy inking/use of pen. How is the S Laptop for inking? Q2: Advantage of Pro w/ replaceable keyboard... can buy the tablet in one country and get keyboard in home country... This is lost with Laptop... But how is keyboard quality compared to S Pro?
Is it Windows store or Microsoft Store?
Their move to Store is good, but how many will be able to convert apps to UWP wrapper? How responsive and touch friendly they will be on new "mobile" ARM devices? But will see in a long run, maybe I'm just too pessimistic and disappointed
If it had a 360° hinge, that Would have been great.