This is Microsoft's new Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S

Microsoft's upcoming new Surface device, being dubbed the "Surface Laptop" has leaked online just a day before its official unveiling. Information, along with the device itself has leaked revealing screen size, Windows 10 edition and more.

How to watch the #MicrosoftEDU event

The Surface Laptop is a 13.5-inch clamshell device. It doesn't detach, as it's designed like your traditional laptop. It's rocking a PixelSense display, and comes bundled with Windows 10 S, Microsoft's upcoming edition of Windows 10 that's locked to the Windows Store. The Surface Laptop will be available in four colors, including Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold.

Judging by the leaked renders, it appears the Surface Laptop is rocking just three or possibly four ports. One USB port, one DisplayPort and a headphone jack. It may also include an SD card slot. It's also rocking Microsoft's own proprietary charging port, that appears to be unchanged from the one found on the likes of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Although the Surface Laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10 S, we expect users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if they so wish, unlocking the ability to install desktop programs from outside the Windows Store.

Microsoft is expected to officially unveil this device tomorrow at it's education event. It's interesting to see Microsoft tackle the more traditional laptop style class of devices, especially considering Surface has always been a device category to reinvent or innovate on already existing device form-factors. Stay tuned to Windows Central for more on the new Surface Laptop.

How to watch the #MicrosoftEDU event

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

302 Comments
  • Looks good for schools 🏫 🎒
  • Super boring name... But, it definitely gets the message clear.
  • I don't think so, it has a purpose and will most likely serve it very well.
  • Yeah, that's what I said.
  • IMO who cares about the name, it looks gorgeous to me.
  • Reynaldo!!!! Don't you say that! Shame on you, Mr. silly willy pants!.... I've been ******* about marketing for years, and you say it doesn't matter???? Marketing is EVERYTHING!😭😭😭😭
  • S=Store. Works for "s"tudents!!
  • And a 4 letter word when you see the empty app store but hopefully devices like this will help fill it up.
  • The store is not empty. Please stop spreading that BS.
  • The store is a JOKE compaired to IOS and Android.  There is little hope that the Microsoft store will crack the mainstream without Chrome and Google Maps for starters....I am a long term Microsoft user...
  • Google Maps is a joke for me.  As an uber driver google maps is constantly telling me to drive through buildings, forge through 12 backyards to get to a house.  Wrong streets because the customer was in the back of their house even though the address is clear.  It is so unreliable in half my city, i simply use windows maps on my 950xl.  Now it also happens so often that for 80% of the time i know where it 'wants' me to go and i know where i 'should' go. Chrome is meh, i havent used it in years (other than testing html code after testing it in other browsers) and I am the most productive person in the office (day job).  I am sure that someone with 20 extensions etc might be above me...but they are so rare, that they are like a unicorn. Yes the app store is a 'joke' compared to ios/android.  then again no one needs 1.5million apps, and if done right most wont need them either.  Remember when android had 150k apps and the world was on fire because of it? Does that mean windows doesnt need more store apps? nope.  Then again, x32 can be put in a store app with little effort, this will hopefully force that change.
  • You can upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro and then install Bluetrax and beable to install apps finally. If bluetrax was in the Windows 10 app store and UWP, we wouldn't need Pro I could switch back to an Elite X3 phone.  Wishful thinking...
  • Um, yeah, it pretty much is.
  • No, the store is empty. It's true.
  • S for "slim". Play station started it :D :D :D
  • S for "speed". iPhone started it :D :D :D
  • S for "sex". I started it :D :D :D
  • Picture or it didn't happen....
  • I had to look three times until I found the name: Surface Laptop. Is a description but definately NOT a name for a product. It's like Apple named its Iphone the "big screen telephone". And that would even get the functionality across, while "Surface Laptop" is a Laptop with a surface???. It shows that the folks at Microsoft are isolated from the would. In the real world no one would know what a "Surface" is, but everbody knows an IPAD. And an IPAD Laptop would create some imagination.  It is sad to see a former well doing company being run into the ground by their inapt management. They probably fired the marketing department BEFORE they cancelled WinMobile.
  • <p>I had to look three times until I found the name: Surface Laptop. Is a description but definately NOT a name for a product.</p> <p>It&#39;s like Apple named its Iphone the &quot;big screen telephone&quot;.</p> <p>And that would even get the functionality across, while &quot;Surface Laptop&quot; is a Laptop with a surface???.</p> <p>It shows that the folks at Microsoft are isolated from the world. In the real world no one would know what a &quot;Surface&quot; is, but everbody knows an IPAD. And an IPAD Laptop would create some imagination.&nbsp; It is sad to see a former well doing company being run into the ground by their inapt management. They probably fired the marketing department BEFORE they cancelled WinMobile.</p>
  • I had to look three times until I found the name: Surface Laptop. Is a description but definitely NOT a name for a product. It's like Apple named its Iphone the "big screen telephone". And that would even get the functionality across, while "Surface Laptop" is a Laptop with a surface???. It shows that the folks at Microsoft are isolated from the world. In the real world no one would know what a "Surface" is, but everybody knows an IPAD. And an IPAD Laptop would create some imagination. It is sad to see a former well doing company being run into the ground by their inapt management. They probably fired the marketing department BEFORE they cancelled WinMobile.
  • I had to look three times until I found the name: Surface Laptop. Is a description but definitely NOT a name for a product. It's like Apple named its Iphone the "big screen telephone". And that would even get the functionality across, while "Surface Laptop" is a Laptop with a surface???. It shows that the folks at Microsoft are isolated from the world. In the real world no one would know what a "Surface" is, but everybody knows an IPAD. And an IPAD Laptop would create some imagination. It is sad to see a former well doing company being run into the ground by their inapt management. They probably fired the marketing department BEFORE they cancelled WinMobile.
  • To be honest, this is a not a progressive approach after raising the bar high from surface, this seems to bringing that bar down.
  • Possibly. Now, if this was being released along much needed refreshed Surface Pro devices, it wouldn't feel that way.. But, after such a long hiatus, and only this, the perception is that MS is slacking... Let's wait, and see, what the preliminary hands on review from WC yields. We might be surprised.
  • Yeah, exactly my point MS needed to cover every market with surface be it education market, enterprise market, entertainment industry. They actually let the time slip away and gave time to it's competitors to come out with something "new". It's a time for MS to really move to "surface hardware" in every department. May be even in case of Xbox also.
  • I think the idea is to push other manufacturers to develop and innovate. MS is a software and services company foremost, after all... That being said, this is a new type of Windows device, so it's in line with that strategy, but I, like many others here, would have liked to see something more exciting, something for the consumers, something mobile...
  • Tbh, I am not in favour of branding MS as a stereotyped software and service company. If anybody thinks so including me, we should pull our hopes back from surface phone & surface pro. They do good in hardware too.... Xbox, surface line (hybrid & studio), even wearables and HoloLens are there to be quoted as good products manufactured by MS.
  • I agree... Why should they be limited to being thought of as a one trick pony?.
  • Exactly. MS has limited manufacturing capability. If this device is to be ordered to an extent that is forced by incapable "competitors", MS will be flushed with orders way above its capacity without a new streamline of high-end devices. These high-end devices are already manufactured by Samsung, HP and whathaveyou. MS does not need to ship these devices. Windows 10 alread runs on them. I mean Microsoft had not not shipped new phone devies since when? And the platform still exists.
  • MS has unlimited manufacturing ability... What makes you think that? They do the same as Apple, they outsource the build of Surface devices... They have as much ability as they commission their "ODM" to make, and there's plenty of manufacturers available who would love to take on more work. MS can sell as much as Apple, they just know they won't, so they are more careful about how much stock they produce...look at Band. They weren't always short because they couldn't keep up, rather they were being cautious not to over produce... But, they could've flooded the market if demand was relevant.
  • They did move to xbox
  • I honestly just don't get this move. Sure, cover all the markets but I don't think this is what students want. Store only apps, I just think it's a terrible idea. An education laptop that doesn't run full versions of word and excel? Seems pretty stupid (unless you can download those from the windows store but I don't believe you can). 
  • Well since the press conference hasn't happened yet we don't know if that restriction will be true upon launch.   Personally I think theres a 50-50 chance  the will be announcing the Office 365 suite will be sideloadble in the store at launch of windows 10s... Heck project centenial exists, and once it's out of beta all the pieces will be there to allow schools and enterprises to manage and sideload all thier custom software needs via the win 10 store.   It's only a matter of completing the R&D and enabling the support in the management tools (such as intune, etc). 
  • It's not about what students want at all. It's about what IT departments in the education sector want. They want a secure device with a secure and locked down OS that can be managed easily and this device fills that need completely.
  • Ahh, but this can run the full version of Word and Excel (and any other Win32 program) once it has been converted to a UWP App via the Centennial bridge. And rumor has it that part of today's event will announce Windows Store versions of full Office apps.
  • office apps will be soon in store...yes I know they are just rumors but they are strong enough to be true...and other main stream would eventually be in store...I am saying that because In my side of world it seems people are recognizing(atleast tech enthusiasts) the efforts of ms
  • If full Office is not in Windows Store yet, they might do like they did with Windows RT and preload it.
  • The other side of the fence is, no real big innovations to upgrade to. Yes, I know there are a few things that could be done but MS's partners has that covered. I think Surface is going exactly what they intended to with the brand. Release products when they are ready and makes sense.
    New windows sku for a specifically for a particular market? It makes sense to showcase hardware that takes advantage of the os to it's fullest... What the Surface is about.
  • I think you may be right, but not deserved. If priced Right it could be great. Chromebooks are essentially boring, but a big deal in education. I am intrigued. Think marketing and price. If Microsoft prices the at 350 to 400 that leaves traditional oems the 200 to 300 market.
  • It is most likely priced at $499 and leave $300-$400 range for OEMs.
  • I agree. I understand with the Mobile, home, and wearable failures (complete extinctions) under Nadella, Microsoft has to try to find a way to force itself into the next generations hands. However, saying "Wow! A laptop!" is sort of a let down.
  • You do realize this is meant to be a much cheaper device? Schools aren't going to pay incredibly high prices for technology, so expecting this to rival a Surface Pro or a Surface Book in terms of design or build quality is crazy.
  • I agree, but MS need to have a strategy that need to be followed periodically. A company can't just come out with a "surface" which was successful hoping to follow the success trend. This is not bad but should have come out earlier may be at the time of surface 3. A clear cut strategy with hardware is the urgent requirement for MS whether it's mobile or surface or xbox. Look, they might not come out with a surface pro 5 & surface book 2 this year which is a deviation and that's what is embarrassing. I hope follow ups of surface laptop will come out periodically may be once in two year but periodically.
  • No, thus the complaints before the announcement disregarding what market this device is actually made for... That's like complaining a fork maker about making forks because you decided you want to rake the grass with it even after they told you its for eating. He doesn't realize...
  • It is hard to beat the surface line (book and pro), they already created a movement with it, purpose done, now this jewel is gorgeous. I think it will be used for students. Make sense.
  • Are they going to wind up brand Yu ??
  • Too cool for school 
  • "Although the Surface Laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10 S, we expect users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if they so wish, unlocking the ability to install desktop programs from outside the Windows Store."   So they work for a long time to create the cheapest education product to compete with other low end devices, and WC expects to install Windows Pro and other applications on this?
  • Zac want talking about the hardware capabilities in that sentence. He was referring to the software's upgrade path. Context!
  • meh, looks like a copy of MacBook and the price will be the same  
  • *Graphite gold?
  • Yup, typo.
  • Lol... Someone gave you a thumbs down for agreeing😂😂
  • If it's for education you probably don't want kids detaching it or what not.
  • Exactly
  • If it's for education you probably don't want kids using the tablet section as a baseball bat...
  • Lol
  • Why not? Education has been the place my Surface Pro 3 has felt most at home. Being able to take handwritten notes and interact directly with content on the screen has made learning fun.
  • How old are you?
    Edit: What grade are you in is slightly less creepy of a question
  • I have taken all of my university notes on my SP3. Why do you sound like such a gesture is only done by some second graders?
  • My point is quite the opposite actually! Sp3 is great for those students but when we are talking devices for school districts, we are talking primary and secondary edu.
  • I'm no longer in school. My recent experience is with university and continued learning in my job, as well as learning languages and other things. I did wish for a device like the Surface Pro in school too, something that could reduce the number of text books & notebooks that I had to carry and that I could search through quickly (particularly my notes). I also took subjects like advanced mathematics, technical design, geography, physics and others where we did a lot of drawing and sketching, writing/solving formulas, etc. that better suited some form of inking than using a keyboard and trackpad.
  • I figured as much. You aren't the target market for this. The sp3 is great for the type of student you were. But here, it's about primary and secondary school. Kids lose modular parts of tech sets or break them. We are talking computer carts and locked down sys for it departments in elementary schools selling by sets.
    The sp3 (now 4/book) was for us and our use cases. This is for under that when you don't need THAT much specialized tools that the pro line offers.
    Remember computer classes when learning how to type in primary school? These kids are doing so grades under in comparison to us. This is for things like that.
  • Did you read the rest of my comment? I longed for a device like the Surface Pro at secondary school. And children at primary schools here have iPads and other fancy tech, especially in the private schools but even the public schools. An iPad or MacBook at secondary school these days would not be out of place. And 'specialised tools' of the pro line? I'm talking about handwritten notes, marking up textbooks, drawing, those things aren't specialised, they're core to student life of all ages. The fact that I learnt to type on an electric typewriter in grade 8 but still wanted something like the Surface Pro I think makes my case stronger. I actually have sketches I made in my high school days of something like an iPod hooked up to glasses like the hololens that I could use to read my textbooks instead of having to carry them around.
  • Actually it is not for students, it is for schools that need to buy hundreds of devices and keep them replaced as they are getting worn by their students each year. I am just surprised it's so slim that one can steal in under one's pants. So it is far from replacing SP3.
  • But there are already a heap of devices schools can buy cheaply if that's what they want. I know this new device isn't a Surface Pro, and I don't want it to be, but the Surface line to date has an interaction model that is *great* for education so why wouldn't you give the schools the option? They already have a choice of cheap, traditional laptops, why not give the option of something that adds value to their students and helps them learn?
  • Performance and management vs cost on those devices. Just look at the reason schools are going with chromebooks over the cheap Windows laptops and expensive pro devices that are already available. This addresses that. That's the point!
  • I don't mind them releasing a new device to target a specific market but my point is that this device brings nothing new and really diverges from the Surface paradigm. We now know that this laptop has a touch screen and support for the surface pen, so it's not a cost saving measure, but it has a form factor that really makes those things worthless.   Sure make a cheaper device to take on chromebooks in the EDU space BUT don't throw away the core interaction model that makes the Surface line great for EDU in the first place.
  • What is that form factor?
  • But for education, a TABLET form factor is good actually!!
  • looks good. :) 
  • Hmmm... meh . maybe it's only $200 or something.
  • Down vote? For what? Its got to beat the Asus Transformer Mini for $249 at the Microsoft Store and it can be a tablet, comes with a pen, and has a non-crippled OS.
    .
    Look yourself and compare... what would you pay? Is the laptop really that inspiring?
  • :(
  • I might buy one for $199.
  • Try $399.99 because that's what It's gonna cost.
  • Why pay $150 more for it when you can get the Asus Transformer Mini with pen for $249?
  • This is on the higher end of low.... We don't even know what it has to offer yet, so how can we judge?
  • No one can buy it yet, so we'll all wait. That said, it needs something special to be a deal at $400.
  • first of all the price for Transformer Mini orignialy was $400 then drop to $250
  • Ok, but it's $249 today.
  • do you know about special sales ? yes sometimes surface pro is cheeper too, i buy my surface book and they give me a free xbox one / it doesnt mean you always get a xbox one with the purchase of surface book every time 
  • Maybe you were down-voted for missing the point of this device and the OS. If it performs better than the Asus (not hard) or lasts longer for a little more $$ it could be worth it. And a "crippled" OS to you is a secure OS to institutions that need to easily manage hundreds to thousands of devices. Would I prefer an education-focused 2-in-1 with inking? Heck yes! But let's wait and see what this device actually IS before we knock it. Remember how surprised everyone was when the Surface Book screen detached? Maybe there are surprises in store today as well.
  • C'mon!
  • Man, I really hate Microsoft's color schemes. It just looks like an Apple knockoff. That light gray is the epitome of the blandness Microsoft has gotten (sometimes unjustly) associated with. I wish they would take a risk in design and be interesting, like Nokia did with the original Lumias and the Surface Pro keyboards tried for. Something that makes their products look less cheap. They do so little to draw the attention of consumers, and I don't know why. Atleast they're putting SOME cotions into this, but it just sem to be copying what the masses are doing.Then again, my isue with Nokia was never having a arkish-ll look great. Only downside after that is my hatred of keyboards without number pads...and that abhorrent mouse --Still waiting for replies to work on this site in Edge, so if you complain about my comment, I won't say anything back!
  • Use the app
  • App also dont work. Currently using the old app to view and reply to comments
  • I ONLY use the app
  • replying from edge build 16184
  • For the right price ($300 and below) I'll get one.
  • This is nice, but unless it's < $400 they're not gonna be able to compete with Chromebooks. Gotta wait for the price.
  • These colours...God, each one worse than the last. Can't they do a simple, NORMAL black device? I mean, yeah, I know, the Surface line now has gone all in on the Apple-Silver trend, but ffs...would it hurt them to offer a black one? If I were a student, absolutely NONE of these would make me interested in buying it...and that's puting aside the neutered version of Windows (Windows 10 S? Really? in it which would require me to upgrade it to Pro etc so that I could do basic stuff like install a good browser (Windows 10 S? Really?).   (Can't wait for the pitchfork-holding fanboys to downvote this to no end ahahahahah)
  • Get a life
  • Another one? Nah, thanks. I'm happy with the one I have already.
  • Do you ever read what you say? Take some time to re-read your posts, you may just find the bad smell.
  • But Dirk, you live in Europe, the libtard capital of the world.  Come to the United States, we need your sort of grumpiness over here, we're too happy and upbeat.
  • Complain much?
  • You sound like you're talking about about university students. This is not meant for those. Also the only bummer about this thing is the ports and Windows S. But I dont think school kids will mind. There's nothing wrong with the color.
  • You do realize you're complaining about color, right? Was it you that complained about dark mode being to black? These laptops are going to be for kids in the k-12 areas of education. Maybe one of them likes a gold-colored keyboard? Why do you get to judge? Why aren't you judging Chromebooks all-charcoal color?
  • Unless is dirty cheap, this edition of windows is terrible, mainly because Windows store lacks all the apps.
  • No problem with that you can always upgrade.
  • You haven't even used it yet to complain about it. It has enough for schools, which is the target market.
  • So, you don't think most schools have proprietary software that's not in the Windows Store...?
  • Umm.. schools and enterprises have the ability to sideload thier custom/proprietary software needs into a custom "store"... Theres no requirement thier proprietary software has to exist in the "retail" windows store...   The better question is, is Project Centenial ready or good enough for the education and enterprise customers to fully package and sideload thier legacy x86 based apps into the store...    Will they announce Office 365 is sideloadable into the store now and thus also able to run on Win10s.       And how far away is the x86 emulator from ARM they previewed last year so we can start seeing machines based on ARM running win 10s/pro.  And if they announce anything regarding fininish Project Centenial to make win10s a compelling offering... My biggest question will be, can IT managers actually use it to sideload Chrome if Google continues to refuse to publish it themselves for those web applications they are using that work only in chrome?
  • Please read the first sentence in ArtieMcD's reply to you.
    Keep in mind that we are talking in the context of ms securing a future for Windows as well.
  • Don't need to use it. Just have to enable a feature that block installation of non store apps on creators update. With this enabled my pc would be useless for me since most apps I use are not on windows store.
  • Not the important ones...
  • It looks nice, but I'll pass. I was hoping for something more portable than my SP3. Guess I'll have to see what the OEMs come out with
  • More portable than a Surface Pro? There's not a laptop anywhere like that, try an 8" tablet I guess.
  • I'm guessing he was looking for a smaller/lighter 2-in-1, not a laptop.
  • I don't get how this is for education. It is certainly not for STEM education. We are always faced with the need to install one or two x86 programs for classes and research. Even apple people end up installing Windows on their hardware for that :)
  • I wonder if it's ARM or x86, because "classic" Windows programs can be put on the store.
  • this is compettition device against chromebooks, so no x86 programms just like chromebooks 
  • You can upgrade it to a normal version of Windows, so yeah, x86 programms can be run. You'll just have to pay for the good version of Windows first.
  • yes, but they want to use it without x86, you have the option to upgrade it but the goal is without x86
  • Well, I bet most people will not do that. The simple absence of Chrome will ensure people will upgrade to the good version of Windows ('cause Google certainly ain't putting Chrome in the Windows Store, that's for sure).
  • we talk about high school and maybe college, some people even don't know the name of browsers
  • Yeah...kids, teenagers and young adults aren't stupid. They might look like they are, they might act like they are...but they're not. Underestimating them is a major mistake. You can be sure they are perfectly aware of what Google Chrome is. They have it on their phones. And on their home computers.
  • Also if they're not aware of Chrome, Google will nag them to install it whenever they go to their Gmail account, YouTube and just going to Google.
  • We have 10 years olds writing (bad) OS kernels, they are indeed, definitely not stupid.
  • But why are we assuming it's not coming.. Heck we might be pleasantly surprised and see them announce not only Windows 10s today but them nearing completion of Project Centenial, and a soon to be offered ARM Win10s with x86 emulation... Both those technologies have already been previewed/demoed so we know they exists and are coming.. We just don't know when.    This morning would be a perfect time to announce all three are ready and if so Win10s is a compelling offering especially for the managed education market.   Though I suspect they are not ready yet... just coming soon. If we do get Win10s + ProjectCentenial + ARM+x86 emulation.. then the absence of Chrome and Office 365 in the store is a non-issue.  The IT admins can package it up and sideload it right into the store themselves.
  • Hi, Welcome to having a network and users, your network admin will be able to setup a resonable network for you that supports key features, such as remote destop and remoteapp for those all important x86 applications across the network.* * features include in server and enterprise copies of windows since terminal services in nt 3.51. Enjoy.
  • Looks pretty decent to me. Will it include pen support? That is my question.
  • I'm not sure that pen support on a standard laptop is all that essential as writing on a screen is pretty awkward if you're not using a tablet. Also, that's going to increase the price which makes competing with Chromebooks, which is the end game, that much more difficult.
  • I love the colours! I think they aren't gaudy but add a playful touch. Can't wait to see these. Great job MS!!!
  • Bland colors, neutered Windows, only 3 ports, and a standard laptop design. What is the advantage here over a Chromebook? Just UWP Office instead of Google Docs?
  • How about full Office? Potentially even full Photoshop?
  • yes, surface rt also have the full office / how about office x86 become available in store 
  • Office Centennial is on the way, which is the full Office suite packaged in the Store using Project Centennial. That will run on Windows 10 S and these new laptops fine. Massive advantage over Chromebook.
  • Adobe will slap that idea out of the air harder than using the Surface tablet as a bat against a 90MPH baseball.....
  • Why? That kind of rhetoric is not helpful, but if you have a reason please share it. Microsoft have already indicated that Adobe could package Photoshop and other CC products using Project Centennial, which would run on Windows 10 S and these new laptops just fine.
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are already in the Windows Store and in all practical purpose, they are allowing to do pretty much most of the things you would use Photoshop and Premiere Pro for.
    Those are already pretty much powerful software and Office (desktop) is supposed to come in the Windows Store as well. That is pretty good for a "student" laptop.
  • I hope Microsoft would do the right things this time.  Partner with major app developers (e.g. Adobe), make those popular win32 aps available on Windows Store ASAP.  Prove to all people that Windows can survive without win32 apps.
  • Many seem to be forgetting that this is aimed at institutions and their IT departments as much or more as it is at individuals. IT departments who are already working with Windows systems would most likely prefer to work with ONLY Windows systems rather than some Windows and some ChromeOS. Also, if Microsoft can get a reasonable number of application authors to use the bridge to put their existing x86 apps in the Store then that is a BIG advantage over Chromebooks. As well as that, if the colours are an issue then you just get one of the similar devices that will come from OEMs instead of the Microsoft device. I swear that some people TRY to be shortsighted.
  • I disagree wholeheartedly. There is no TRYing at all! They just are!
  • Finaly a budget laptop by a premium brand. The colours sound interesting, and the render looks amazing. This with LTE capabilities and a budget price fans, students, schools and 3rd world customers will eat this up.
  • Is there an LTE option?  I will never buy a laptop without it again.
  • Dang it Microsoft!! I just got the base model SurfaceBook last August but man do I want that Cobalt Blue or Burgandy Model. I can't justify getting it. But glad to know that Microsoft is committed to the Surface line. Many tech blogs were predicting that Microsoft was going to abandon Surface after the 26% decline in revenue from the financial earnings report.  Looking forward to tomorrow to see how this new Surface will be utilized for education. One things for sure this looks premium for a cloudbook and will likely be much more expensive than their OEM's cloudbook offerings.  
  • Tech blogs saying, 'Will abandon.' WTF talk about short sighted and pathetic. From a statistic that doesn't mean anything. Haven't we all realised how statistics can be used to prove anything???? People are so annoying to jump the gun.
  • Abandon a billion dollar business? They're idiots! Stop going to those blogs. Nor have they looked at the reasoning why there was a 26% decline in revenue. They couldn't have
  • The screen may not be detachable, but the killer feature here is that the keyboard is. Dun, dun dddddunnnnnn
  • Witty.
    You've earned my upvote
  • A downvote for complimenting someone's creativity on their ability to make a joke? Lol clowns
  • If have a touchscreen and pen... I will love it
  • Has pixelsense, so def touch. Pen is likely optional to save cost. I bet the mouse is sold separately too.
  • some people forget microsoft future vision for windows store, they wanna bring x86 apps to windows store, like telegram application and ..... i thnink we see a lot of x86 become available in store in near future 
  • This device isn't for us, people... It's for kids, and young adults on a budget, in school.. Your expectation was too high when we first heard of this earlier today... As long as the build is Surface quality, it's great.. You never know what influences this device could have on future generations if a Surface Mobile device ever were to come out... The more Surface products out there, the better... It's all about building brand awareness. As far as I'm concerned, this is marketing, more than anything.... For now, at least.
  • "It's for kids, and young adults on a budget, in school.."   Kids aren't stupid, Rod. They will get this and immediately either demand their parents put a good version of Windows in it or throw it away because relying on the Windows Store is impossible, even for children. You just need to take into account that the majority uses Chrome as a browser. And Chrome isn't in the Windows Store.   This would have to be a pretty darn cheap device. Otherwise, any existing low end laptop will be a better offering than this.   "You never know what influences this device could have on future generations if a Surface Mobile device ever were to come out..." I know. Zero. Not only there won't be a Surface Mobile Device, people don't want to do on their phones what they do on a laptop. That's why they buy a laptop.   "The more Surface products out there, the better... It's all about building brand awareness. " Actually, the more Surface branded products out there, the worse. Because it diludes the brand. The Surface brand has established itself already as a premium brand. If they go around slapping the brand on everything, it loses value. Take for example the new Surface keyboards. They are nothing but grey, slightly redesigned versions of existing keyboards. They offer nothing special. Do they deserve the Surface branding? Absolutely not. But they do give the idea that Microsoft is now slapping the branding on just about anything. If this is Microsoft's idea of marketing, then they are going the wrong way again (and they seemed to be going on the right direction with the Studio).
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  • Clearly youve never used a chrome book before. windows without win32 apps is so much better than chrome os. The app situation isnt any different. plus Win32 apps are overated.
  • What now?? Hahaha! See, you have no faith... This product is Surface WORTHY!!! Just as I suggested... Surface STILL RULES!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂
  • You WRONG. I was RIGHT! HAHAHA😂😂😂😂
  • Let me add, its also targeted to sell school distracts. Which wants a locked down laptop\os.
  • That's the point.... This isn't for gamers, as some of these guys were expecting. Lol
  • Finally Microsoft has realized the market needs a flagship laptop to showcase a Windows powered laptop could be very cool.  2-in-1 is nice but the majority of users still prefer a traditional laptop. And finally there are colour choices.  I love the inclined keyboard base - resembles Surface Pro type cover, iconic. I really don't mind a Surface device of a traditional form factor.  Surface has become a good brand name.
  • Those color choices give me hope that if they ever went mobile we would have,,,,,,,, color choices.
  • "the market needs a flagship laptop to showcase a Windows powered laptop could be very cool"   Wait...what? Dell XPS line, HP Spectre line, Razer's and Asus ROG laptops...ALL of those already did that. In case you have been on a slumber these last 5 years, Windows OEMs have stepped up their laptop game A LOT. Microsoft doesn't need to teach them out to do premium devices. If anything, they need to teach them how to do cheap laptops. And this looks like it's that.
  • I still think OEMs lack good looking laptop with a simple design and colour scheme.  Dell, HP laptops look nice but they do not shine.  
  • It's for schools - education....why can't people get that.
  • Graphite-Gold color???
    Where is the yellow-blue or white-black?
  • You're not gonna buy it anyways.. 😃😃😃
  • Let me guess, the loyal Avastar WiFi is back for more lackluster performance and buggy torment?
  • Not interested in any laptop less than 15.4 inches.
    It's an issue of accessibility for some of us consumers. We need larger fonts and larger screens.
  • You're a student in a school district?
  • USB port! Is it type  C?
  • No. Normal USB port. This seems to have the exact same ports the Surface Pro has.
  • Locking it to store is the dumbest decision ever ! How do you expect people to use it when you know there are not good apps on the store ! (And the community here who ignores the truth should look at their own computer and see how many of them are non store apps before down voting !)
  • Besides office, I don't have any win32 apps that I've installed.
    Secondly, with the ability to upgrade to pro, your point has become negated and thus ineffective. Please construct a valuable argument to complain about if you're going to complain, about a product that you haven't even bought, at all. As "dumb" as the Microsoft's decision may be, it appears your ability to consider the practicalities is none the wiser.
    ...not even worth my downvote
  • I use store apps on my PC.
  • Besides Office and Visual Studio, everything else is Store apps for me. I read Office apps are becoming Store apps as well.
  • Hoping for touch and pen. Everything else looks like a snazzy laptop for the kiddos.
  • OMG...it is for children.
  • Yup. But I don't see why kiddos wouldn't need touch and pen input if that is what you're implying.
  • I just finished a complete semester of math with only my Surface 3, and Surface pen.... No paper!!! Kids need this!
  • Pixelsense means pen and touch. pen might be sold seperate
  • new pics comes out, the back has also diffrenet colors, it is not just SILVER yooohooooo
  • Raising children on Surface products, seems like an excellent marketing strategy to me.
  • Surface s? That's what they are calling windows cloud - windows s. So this must be the much talked about "cloudbook" running "windows cloud" Right on time - looks a beauty for students!
  • Kinda lame if it's just another laptop with low specs for school. They must have something else, perhaps the screen flips all the way for pen input. Who writes or paints on laptop screens in the clam shell mode? Will find out in the AM.
  • What.
  • Any $1,000+ laptop that comes without a Thunderbolt 3 port, then thats a deal breaker for me. It should be a deal breaker for anyone else who also wants to run two 4k displays off it
  • do you really think a high school student need to run 2 4k display, common guys this is a competitor to chromebboks
  • If its a competitor to chome books it needs to be priced under $400 at most. In which case it would make sense to not have a thunderbolt port.
  • there are some chromebooks that are $450, but yeah the price should't be above $500, just like surface rt and surface 3 
  • Price needs to be between $200 and $250 if they want to make any kind of splash.
  • Well I knew it... its wayyy over priced. It is doubke the price of what it shoukd be. Its a $1,000!!! That is no competition for really nice chrome books at under $400.
  • boooooo
  • Yyyyyaaaaaahhhh!!!!!
  • Graphite -Gold....yeah.
  • guys, all we're seeing is a leaked image and a LOT of speculation that could answer a lot of question about Windows 10 S (or whatever it's going to be called) -- not to mention BUILD is coming up, what, the week after, week after next? It can't be coincidence that this event and BUILD are so close together, I would imagine there will be OS and other software features tied together to put the big picture in perspective
  • It's beautiful
  • I'm trying to figure out why they chose the DisplayPort instead of HDMI. Are they just trying to use up all the Surface Connect power bricks? This is the first device running Windows cloud but it won't be the best. Its not future proof at all. Would not buy version 1
  • Because HDMI does not pass audio. DisplayPort is much better, passing through audio, supporting higher resolution than HDMI.
  • Umm HDMI does indeed pass audio.
  • Sorry, was mixing with DVI. Still, DisplayPort is first royalty free and 2nd can pass more bandwith. For a SP3-SP4 where the GPU does not support 5K screen (from what I know), it is not a big deal but for a Surface Book, it is a better choice. Microsoft is chosing to harmonize their i/o and this is a good thing (mini DP, magnetic charging connector, USB-A)
  • Pretty. But one usb port? Seriously?
  • People need to chill the F out. How about waiting 12 freaking hours to get a more complete story directly from Microsoft?
  • Lol.. Right.
  • And if they are going to speculate, stop doing it so shortsightedly, at least
  • Whatever they make it should be stable. Windows has many frame drops, it is not smoothly working like mac osx. It crashes many place. That what a consumer want not just a good looking laptop
  • Their may be many feature better than Mac OSX but do they work smoothly and without crash
  • Hey that's really nice. There is only one win32 app I really need but if that ever becomes an app available in the Windows store this would be perfect for me.
  • Reach out to the developer. Might be worth a try
  • Looking good! :) 
  • Interested in that new arc mouse. The older versions have Surface or Microsoft written on it instead of the windows logo.
  • Hmm, no USB-C ports. Otherwise looks pretty nice.
  • Just out of curiosity, what other device needs USB type-c? Most devices, like a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard, use the macro USB.
  • All this is Nadella. I'll be happy when this thing BOMB in the marketplace.
  • i guess i was right this is going to boring alternative to the boring chrome OS laptops
  • I really don't understand this. Microsoft has stated numerous times in the past that they only do hardware where they feel they have a differentiator. This looks like a basic clamshell laptop. It doesn't seem to offer much beyond a chromebook, possibly the ability to be upgraded to full Windows but that's not the hardware. AND I like my SP3 best when I'm using it in an educational setting. The pen for note taking and sketching and the tablet for interacting with content and for being able to read things in portrait just like a real book. I wished for something like that when I was at school. So a clamshell laptop for education feels really backwards to me.
  • Exactly. Another tired laptop. With a less-than operating system. It's a gimmick aimed at tricking schools.
  • @astondg That is Nadella at work. LOL
  • Damn; is it just me or has MSFT been killing the tech industry over the last couple of years?! Damn MSFT, be easy; don’t hurt em baby!
  • I wish, they're might actually be phones out there.
  • With regards to the name, I wonder whether they would consider calling this the Surface Book while the existing Surface Book becomes the Surface Book Pro. It might be too late to avoid confusion with that name. Maybe it could be the Surface Book S. I also notice that the time on those renders is 6:18. I wonder whether that's an indication of when the hardware is due to be available.
  • This is looking good. Let's wait for the specs and price first.
  • $399.99
  • $399.00
  • Source? I will just wait for their event tomorrow.
  • Source? I will just wait for their event tomorrow.
  • Seems very lacking on ports... I wonder if it is touch or pen enabled?
  • Bluetooth, man... Bluetooth.
  • ?
  • I read all the comments from people in the Verge and most of them like it and i as well. I don't know whats the fuzz here. People fron The Verge are classy compare from the people commenting here.
  • Exactly what I said
  • I posted this 2hrs ago while you commented 35mins ago 
  • This definitely rise interest on tomorrow presentation. I will be on 1st row!
  • Beautiful but I'm sure it'll be more than just a normal clamshell laptop as Surface is always abt more
  • Curious about the price it has to be under $600 to make sense running only windows 10 s. If so I'm on it and then upgrade to full windows lol
  • "Rocking" twice. Could we find another verb, please.
  • It rocks.
  • You can better wait 3 generations to see if this device will still be supported. Microsoft already ****** me over with a surface rt. I'm not investing in a device with a lifespan of 2 years.
  • absolute stunning for me!
  • Hardware-wise, it looks much more like a competitor to MacBook Air than to Chromebook. I guess MS is thinking Windoes 10 S in this can grab shares from MacBook Air and Chromebooks at the same time.
  • So I gues Office alsow transendes to the store then, because a laptop for school that cant run full office would be stupid. Alsow, if this is to tak on the Chromebook it needs to be cheep, it dosent look cheep enough.
  • I bet it will be priced around $600.
  • Spoiler Alert lol
  • Hope it is cheap
  • Looking nicet, but whats the point of this? It's not that it is shortage of laptops out there. What new brings this?
  • "Locked" the deal killer
  • another US only devices..
  • Please, Microsoft, launch it worldwide. In my country - Thailand - we have no S Book and no S Studio. Please bring this one and I'll bite the bullet!
  • Feature2 for mobile OS evolve into "Windows 10 S" version soon? This is the key question imo. If yes, windows store will be the most important thing for the next chapter.
  • I saw these gorgeous babies on TNW, ON and the verge with a general high optimism from the comment sections there. But I come over to Windows central and wooow, the level of pessimism and negativity here😕 It's awful. Most people saw this product for what it is and an idea for what it could be, but here, people want it to be every thing It's not, and everything everybody hopes something to be. This kind of thought isn't only drowning this site, but Microsoft products as a whole in mindshare at least. I love these for what they are, and I think they are even a bit too gorgeous for what it is.
    My two cents
  • Because we wanted a PHONE. But the nutjob of a CEO isn't listening.
  • We all want a SURFACE PHONE or whatever consumer ready type of mobile they have. But let's get real here.. now is not the time for that. I'm willing to wait a bit longer for that while using android phone for now.
  • I wouldn't use a Surface Phone if it was free, it's a guaranteed downgrade from my S7 without touch based apps, couldn't care less about x86 on a 6" screen or continuum.
  • I wish they'd at least put on USB-C port.  And make it so it is powered by it.  I want one.  But I don't know what I would do with it.  lol
  • Odd move. They're going to be expected to price it cheaply...which goes against everything the Surface brand has stood for (i.e. affordable hardware lol).
  • This particular type of surface product is aimed for students who can't afford the expensive surface tablet/book. Hence the name Wndows 10 S. And they've already said that this type of product is considered to compete with affordable Google Chromebooks. So there.
  • I totally get that. What I was implying is that I could easily picture Panos Panay having a mild existential crisis by releasing an "affordable" (let me define that range when comparing to Chromebooks as $150-400) PC when obviously it would need to sacrifice some of the signature Surface brand quality/form/function to sink to that pricepoint. I know it's meant for students, but I can imagine some serious questions within Microsoft as to whether the Surface branding should be attached to it.
  • Yes, Surface brand will be attached to it. Since Surface products have been successful for Microsoft *though there is 26℅ decline* headed by Panos Panay, it is likely his and Microsoft's decision to get it into hands of wider audience and to establish its brand not just being expensive but affordable as well.
  • It looks square.😲
  • That is already the design language of their Surface products. Have you not seen yet the Surface tablet/Surfacebook in your entire life??
  • Its fine for a tablet and convertibles.
    Laptop should be widescreen IMO.
  • Like students don't need non-Store apps...😂
  • apparently not given the huge uptake of android devices. The beauty is these can be upgraded to full W10.
  • I like UWP, and I want it to succeed, mostly because I like Windows phones, but to be honest - one can do far more with Android apps than with UWP apps that are available (or all apps that are available in the Store). Further more, even Android apps are not enough. I had several occasions in which I needed to install some programs on my computer. It's not that students only need Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. But yes, luckily this can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, though it's not cheap I must say. This is going to be a hell of an expensive device, and yet shipped with a crippled OS for no reason. :/ I'm looking forward to see which sheep are going to buy it.
  • Disappointing really. Guess they need to push this Windows 10 S with something. Can't be as bad as it was with the original Surface RT of course but still rather limiting with the state of the store.
  • It looks beautiful though I'd like to see a detachable or 2 in 1 variant.
  • Very beautiful !!! This is what we need : something in between Surface Pro and Surface Book !
  • Wow, sexy!!!
  • Zac, its today, not tomorrow.
  • So it's going to be under $500 right? Windows S isn't much more useful than ChromeOS, probably less so now that ChromeOS has Android apps.
  • Well it seems pretty popular here in the comments thread but this is just RT revisited, another rubber chicken OS, and I can't see it gaining any meaningful popularity the talk world. Schools and IT pros would have to be fools to imagine this will be anything bit another waste of time and money which will be quietly put into maintenance mode within a year and a half. UWP just doesn't offer what is required (I wish it did but it doesn't - and Office isn't remotely the only thing schools need, not by a mile - and that can be gotten through Chrome anyhow, can't it?). It's the programmes you yourself have never heard of which specific schools need and which don't exist in UWP form. Without x86 "legacy" applications support this is just another useless write-off. It's pretty but that's not enough. WoA would've made more sense and, if it happens, will replace this anyhow so it's another bad move in my opinion.
  • needs to be under $300. ill wait on other oems tho... n usb c, no detachable or convertible screen 😠 
  • I really don't get the ports on this thing, love the design but its 2017 and they only put one USB port AND ITS NOT TYPE C!!! I don't know if it’s more expensive for them to use Type-C.
    And keep pushing that proprietary port?? Don't get me wrong I love that port on my SB but I'd rather have Type-C.
    It should have 3 USB Type-C, headphone jack and SD card reader, of course charge with Type-C.
    I also get that it needs to be a laptop for students but for me, it MUST have pen support for education, so the screen should have a 360 degree hinge, but well... maybe next gen. I HOPE THEY ARE OLD RENDERS!!!
  • SD Card reader and a USB port that works with peripherals I actually have? Sign me up! :)
  • Will this be the first Surface device without touch?
  • Just my 2 cents... As an IT/Technology Coordinator at a High School, these are the type of computers we look at. I've seen some comments, mentioning students demanding Windows 10 Pro, higher features, quality, ports, resolution, graphics, etc etc etc. Let me just say, they are not. And if they did, it wouldn't be a catalyst to what we actually bought. Seeing as how we only have limited information on this Windows S model, we will have to wait for final judgement, but if there's a focus in strictly Windows Store apps as the target, then my school will be intrigued. In a scenario with 1200+ students, when going to a 1 to 1, student to laptop ratio, simplicity becomes paramount. We currently do have Chrombooks deployed, running Office in its proper form would be a dream next step for compatibility across various portals. For the few PCs we do have that have Windows 10 Pro, they're locked down to the point the student is only searching on the internet, printing and using a USB drive. Everything's else a behind a security wall and the login. That's where Windows 10 S need some to shine. In simplifying the core needs of Windows and a means to manage a large variety of them. The key will be MS offering a proper management portal, similar to Google Admin Console to help in quickly managing multiple Windows S computers. As for the Surface Laptop, colors are always subjective and by no means can be looked at as a bad choice. If MS nails the pricing and quality, then we have a good foundation for what future OEMs can produce. If this laptop is being shopped across faculty, students, adults, etc. the important part will be to speak on the differences clearly and with attention to detail. Steps missed with the Surface RT previously leading to confusion. For anyone interested as an adult college student, performance will be the main key takeaway. Design and construction look to follow the usual Surface lineup, meaning high quality components and build. It makes sense for education and for those looking for a nice laptop, absent of what's unnecessary for their use, but with potential for more. I'm excited about this new OS version and the hardware.
  • Hate this kind of leaks😭 no more surprise for today event ☹☹☹☹
  • Hate this kind of leaks, now no more surprise for today event☹☹☹☹😭😭😭😭😭
  • @Zac Please stop saying "rocking" in your articles. It's toe-curlingly annoying.
  • Windows 10 S? Does S mean "Single Language" (SL)?
  • S-pen
  • School
  • For those whining about not being detached.  There is surface Pro and Surface Book for a reason.  Calm the fak down people.  It's an old category dubbed with the name "Surface"
  • Store with what apps ?
  • If you have W10 just click store icon and wait a second there you will see apps..
  • Congratulations, this will further drive the OEMs away from Windows!
  • How is Windows S, different from Windows Rt? Unless this is an ultra inexpensive laptop to compete with a Chromebook I don't see much future.  I would much rather see Surface Pro 5, and larger versions of the Surface Pro 5 15" or a Surface Studio 19 or 20".  What's next Microsoft the new Surface tower?   
  • RT can't run x86 apps or software..
  • Rt can't be upgraded to regular Windows 10 ....
  • "It's also rocking Microsoft's own proprietary charging port, that appears to be unchanged from the one found on the likes of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book." Ugh... the Pro5 and SB2 better not have this dammit... Want USB-C!!!
  • When I heard Surface Laptop, I got excited. I thought it was going to be a high end laptop device. Now, I am dissapointd knowing it is a cheap Chromebook competitor. Hopefully, MS wows us with something today.
  • Boring.
  • It's very clear here that there are so many people who don't get the bigger picture, are the most vocal, dare call themselves Ms's core fan base, then wonder why they aren't listened to! Okay some criticisms Microsoft has earned and rightfully so, but this endeavor... Some people must be blind. The shortsightedness is disgusting.
  • Is it also rocking a volume rocker?
  • Just a regular laptop? No flip around screen or pen support? Weird. IDK, trying to think how this makes sense in terms of Surface which was all about pushing new innovative things. The only reason I can think why they'd make this is to push 3:2 screen ratios. Really the OEM's sticking to 16:9 screens is like the last remaining thing keeping them from being perfect so I do hope for a hard push to get them doing 16:10 or 3:2 as the default....
  • You should say " new hardware leaked" so we can avoid spoilers. I like being surprised by MS conferences the past few years and you ruined it -.-
  • "It's rocking a PixelSense display". "It appears the Surface Laptop is rocking just three or possibly four ports". "It's also rocking Microsoft's own proprietary charging port". It's rocking? So, it breaks out a guitar and starts jamming? What kind of language is this?
  • From the looks of it, not even worthy of the Surface brand IMO, given how it's merely a mono Laptop...we shall see what wow factor it has to offer, if any.
  • Is "PixelSense" a buzz word like "Retina" that doesn't actually mean anything?
  • nice downgrade. price below 400 i hope
  • Sadly, pre-orders are $999 for low-end
  • Better be cheap cos that looks crap... and no pen?
  • Lot of "rocking" going on
  • linksat the bottom of the article to the Surface laptops for sale are broken
  • This concept without a mature STORE will fail like Windows Phone/Mobile and Windows RT. I like Microsoft but need a better store before anything like this happens
  • This thing is NOT for "education". It starts at $1,000.
  • Looks very expensive unfortunately.
  • Useless article, since it doesn't detail the specs at all. How much RAM, which processor, graphics, sad and/or hdd. No useful information whatsoever. But hopefully, the price of the Performance Surface Book will come down, that is the one I really want/need.