Surface Laptop buyers can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free through December

The new Surface Laptop comes loaded up with Windows 10 S by default, but it turns out early adopters will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. Specifically, anyone who picks up a Surface Laptop between now and December 31 can freely upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, a process that normally carries a fee.

The free upgrade is curiously mentioned on the Surface Laptop tech specs page (opens in new tab), which states:

Prefer to run non-Store apps? Easily switch to Windows 10 Pro for free until Dec 31, 2017. Introductory offer: Includes 1 year of Office 365 Personal

Given that Windows 10 S is locked to the Windows Store for its apps, this is good news for anyone who happens to need apps found outside of the Store. The upgrade fee will normally be $49.99, and students can go ahead and upgrade for free if they need to.

In any case, if the Surface Laptop has piqued your interest, you can pre-order one for yourself now.

Pre-order the Surface Laptop (opens in new tab)

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  • You shouldn't need to "upgrade" a Surface device at this price point. I don't care about "free upgrade periods" or not, devices sub $400, sure, but not a $999 laptop.
  • Agreed. I wonder how the battery and overall performance would be affected with the pro version.
  • Not really much of a performance metric, but during the unveiling presentation, they did a first time login on windows 10 pro and 10s. 10s took about 15 seconds to load into a new account. 10 pro took about a minute.
  • Get the processor for that price! And get that touch display! And get that display resolution! Non of these each features match your price point!
  • are you sure heno? Because CHUWI made a very good job with their product.. and they are a lot cheaper. Sure, its not made by Microsoft, it lacks premium build.. but the price is much lower and the HW is superB
  • Im very sure. For a device like this with i5, its worth $800 and up! And considering Microsoft's support its worth $1000.
  • It also has Celeron instead of Core i5/i7 and doesn't have 8/16 GB ram.
  • So you get what you pay for?
  • What an apparently crazy concept for the people in the comments on this website.
  • This machine seems insanely over powered (and priced) to be only used with store apps. Windows 10 S makes sense for cheaper chrome book like competitors (which this was rumored to be at first, but is definitely not), but who would pay $1000 for a laptop and not upgrade to full windows? Is this a way to try to force Windows 10 S in to the market and in front of people? This doesn't make sense to me at all -  seems like an upgrade everyone would make and the fact that they are offering it for free for 6 months is silly. One of the perks of buying hardware direct from Microsoft is less time dealing with software BS.
  • nah, a Surface book for 999 doesnt make any sense with S but OEM partners like Acer, HP etc. who can bring products with lower price tag.. for them its a good "option" but again, the Asian competition looks much better
  • this is premium ware, doesn't have to have futuristic specs, just look premium with a associated price tag
  • ^ exactly! Surface is always the premium line
  • According to EdBott the upgrade price is $50. But that will be in January.
  • how much is the Pro fee normally?
  • The Home Edition to Pro upgrade in the Store is $100 USD. Not sure if upgrade from S will be the same price.
  • S to Pro is only going to be $50.
  • SOLD!!!!!
  • You'd be fool not to upgrade.
  • What's the point then!?! If they made the S version to push developers to bring their apps to the store, then why they make an easy way out.
  • I agree, this is wrong, it doesn't bring incentives for education software companies to publish their desktop software in Windows Store.
  • You do realize HP, Dell, Acer, Toshiba, and more all announced like 8 new laptops today for Windows 10 S that start at $200 and up, right? I spoke to HP and others today, the love S.
  • But those are also can be upgraded to Windows Pro easily like we saw in the event.
  • That doesn't mean most schools would do that though. You're doing what most people do and assuming everybody wants what you want
  • Great news, thanks for the reply.
  • I don't get it,  why is Microsoft making Windows 10 Pro upgrade free, Windows 10 S is far from finished, education OEMs haven't put their apps in this platform yet, so iTunes University, Autocad, Matlab, etc won't have interest in porting their apps to Centennial if users can upgrade their devices. IMO Microsoft should have left Windows 10 S a paid update so these companies can bring their apps to Surface customers using this new hardware.
  • So, could you get W10S ios free and put it on any computer and upgrade to W10Pro for free. 😊😜
  • So, could you get W10S ios free and put it on any computer and upgrade to W10Pro for free. 😊😜
  • NO, because Win 10 S will only be pre-installed on the hardware, it's not available as a separate product.
  • Or, you can get a $799 MSI laptop with these specs: Display: 15.6" Full HD | eDP Vivid Color 1920x1080 | Operating System: Windows 10 (FULL WINDOWS 10)
    Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz)
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA's GTX 960M 2G GDDR5
    RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400MHz | Hard Drive: 1TB (7200RPM) Sasha Nutella must be smoking low quality weed.
  • Obviously, you haven't tried the Surface Laptop. Let's not compare build quality. Also Full HD vs 300x2000 touch screen an inking? C'mon. And you're trying to sell me a HDD is 2017 vs. SSD? What are YOU smoking is the question. I'm still laughing at how you rattled off those specs and someone like me who uses an EliteBook or Surface Book is supposed to be like "Ohhh my!.....a spinning drive! Thick and plastic chassis?! FULL HD?" Take my money! How is bringing up a budget GAMING laptop the same class as a productivity Ultrabook? I question the logic of some of you in comments who feel ONE device defines PC for everyone. You can keep your MSI, thank you.
  • Yep. I have a gaming laptop, that cost more than the Surface Laptop will. It's a completely different niche. And yes mine is not branded on the hardware level (and software level is only on the bios). But I understand the point of this. This is meant to me a halo device for Windows 10 S. Though pricing it above the Surface Pro does raise a few eyebrows (at least I think it is, I'll admit to not being privy about Surface Pro costs in the US). However I trust Microsoft have their reasons for it. However this Surface Laptop beats my gaming laptop for small size, display, etc. I'm sure the specs inside are where my laptop edges out but this only serves to prove they're two very different niches.
  • "Built quality", are you planning to use the laptop as a bullet shield?
    No? So, plastic works.
    "Productivity", for me, productivity is heavy video editing. Is the Surface Laptop capable of that?
    No? I thought that
    "Spinning drive", my 7 years old Samsung laptop with its humble 5200 RPM HDD is still working like a charm. Are you planning to use the laptop during an earthquake?
    No? Then a regular spinning HDD works just fine
    "Touch screen and inking", do you know a lot of people that actually use the pen on a non-tablet-convertible laptop?
    No? Surprise!! The worst part, don't forget it could be one of those experiments from Microsoft. Next year, you would be posting something like "Microsoft is killing the Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, and that's a good thing", and the $799 plastic **** from MSI will be happily alive and well supported.
  • Gaming laptops aside, you can still get an ultrabook from other manufacturers for much cheaper
    $620 with HP will get you an i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, aluminum build, and a 1080p non-touch screen, though you can certainly find one with it
    So compare $620 with $1300 for similar specs
    More than 2x multiple for a better screen, bit better battery life, and a touch screen
    I mean I'm not saying it isnt worth it for some people, but I certainly struggle to see the extra value proposition
  • Exactly!! I can see Apple's loyalists amazed by whatever expensive toy coming from Cupertino. But seeing exactly the same behavior on Windows users, considering ALL the buying options we have, that's a shame.
  • Rubino FTW.
  • This is just the ms version of googles high priced chrome book (pixel?) that said, would not be happy spending $1000 on entry model to then have to pay $50 to uncripple win10 after the deadline later in year. My sp3 still running great though so if build quality same then should be good device
  • I'd consider one to replace my Pro 3 because the hardware looks really nice. Surface Book is overpriced for me personally, I wouldn't get the benefit of the clip board. dGPU would be nice but my main use is coding where it doesn't make much of a difference.
  • Seems like they reduced the price already by $100 or more
  • I think it should come with Pro at base price. Maybe $599 version with S on it.
  • The target of that device is rich students that want something to show off. So $999 is fine for them.
    From the productivity stand point (I think Rubino considers "productivity" as typing in MS word and live blogging), anything with a comfortable keyboard can get the job done.
  • I am very confused on this product. the S version seems to make this laptop a bit gimped. It seems like they are selling it as an iPad Pro that can run more traditional productivity-based apps (like a full version of Office), has USB 3.0 attached and better battery life. That said, take the free upgrade to pro and all of a sudden it makes much more sense. I would consider buying one for my wife. She can get a well-built, lighter, more stylish laptop and still get a real-world 10-12 hours of juice on a charge. The thing is almost all battery, but has that great surface screen and some pretty good specs. For $1299, you get an i5, 8gb RAM, 256gb SSD and with full windows 10 pro this is the MacBook of the surface line. Anyone who doesn't care about build quality has never owned a surface product. They are so nicely made that everything else feels cheap by comparison. And Microsoft's in-store support is become really good, even if you buy elsewhere. I may have to stop up to the Microsoft store and see one in person to understand it better. The mainstream press (only recently favorable to Microsoft) really seems in love with the Surface Laptop, and that makes me feel there's something here.
  • That free upgrade policy for only one year is like a punishment for using windows 10S. Who wouldn't upgrade? That's just going to kill windows 10s without letting user to test it properly and urge user to upgrade.
  • There's no punishment and unless you need the features of Pro, you're not missing out, even on x86 apps, assuming there is a Store-based equivelant. Microsoft built and optimized the Surface Laptop for Windows 10 S to provide the best balance of performance, battery life etc.  But they're giving a free upgrade to Pro for a limited time for those that need it, what is not to like?
  • But that free upgrade should be for about 3-4 years. This policy just urges users to upgrade.