What you need to know
- Commercial customers will be able to order Microsoft's new Surface devices with Windows 10 or Windows 11.
- The Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3 will have options for either operating system.
- The consumer versions of new Surface hardware will ship with Windows 11.
Microsoft announced several new Surface devices yesterday, including the Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3. While all of these devices start shipping on October 5, 2021, which is the same date as the release of Windows 11, commercial customers will have the option to get the devices with Windows 11 or Windows 10.
"In light of the general availability of Windows 11, Oct. 5, 2021, commercial customers can choose to have Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed on new Surface devices including Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3," says a Microsoft doc (opens in new tab).
Having the option to receive devices with Windows 10 or Windows 11 should make things easier for IT admins. Microsoft explains:
Commercial customers can order devices through authorized Microsoft Surface resellers (opens in new tab).
Consumer versions of new Surface devices will ship with Windows 11. If a person wants a new Surface device with Windows 10, they can go through an authorized Microsoft Surface reseller to purchase a commercial version of the device.
Surface Pro 8
Microsoft's flagship 2-in-1 has a larger display and is faster than its predecessor. Commercial customers have the option to order it with Windows 10 or Windows 11.
Surface Laptop Studio
The Surface Laptop Studio is a non-detachable 2-in-1 with a display that can be pulled into different modes. It's available with either Windows 10 or Windows 11 for commercial customers.
Surface Go 3
The Surface Go 3 is 60% faster than its predecessor. It's also available with Windows 10 or Windows 11 for commercial customers.
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What!! Never expected that
Where's the windows 11 option for surface Duo :)
XD, I CAN UNDERSTAND, DUO IS MS PHONE, SO REMINDS IS OF WINDOWS MOBILE
Considering you can't move the Taskbar on 11, I'd rather have a Go 3 with W10.
Yeah, unless they fix that a W10 version is the only way I am getting one of the new Surfaces
Not surprising with commercial customers that W10 will be still an option. So that means there is a W10 drivers for these devices even for regular users who wish to downgrade to W10. Thing is, W11 sadly has so much omitted features that for the first time, I consider getting W10 is still a sensible choice. Normally downgrading is something I never thought of considering. Though having W10 will miss certain features like that new Snap feature and Virtual Desktop/Multi-Desktop feature is objectively better to W10. I wish those features are on W10 as well. And of course, W11 just have a bit more consistent UI and follows latest Fluent Design, though still far from perfect and needs more work either. Its sa shame many areas on W11 is something I find a regression.
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