This morning Microsoft announced their newest member to the Surface lineup, ready to take on Apple to become the go-to machine for Students.
The new machine, called the Surface Laptop, is set to launch on the 15th June 2017, with prices starting at US$999 (~£780) with pre-orders starting today. Along with the announcement of the Surface Laptop, Microsoft also revealed a new low-cost education based version of their Windows 10 operating system – Windows 10 S.
Microsoft positioning the Surface Laptop, along with Windows 10 S, at the Student demographic who are increasingly choosing Apple and Chromebook devices over Windows-powered laptops. Pointing out the Surface Laptop’s impressive 14-hour battery life, impressive 2256 x 1504 pixel sense screen, 1 year of Office 365 included and various high-end configurations as a great learning and content creation tools.
While it’s unsurprising that Microsoft has been losing out in the education market, with latest figures suggesting Windows based machines account for less than 22% of the devices used in US schools. This decline in popularity has been driven by the low-cost Chromebook machines running Google’s Chrome OS, and while the Surface Laptop (along with it’s $999 price tag) isn’t going to change many people’s minds, Microsoft is betting on the new Windows 10 S operating system.
Over the upcoming months, Windows partners such as Acer, Dell and HP will start to produce low-cost Windows 10 S laptops and 2-in-1 machines starting at low as US$180, allowing Microsoft to compete with even the lowest cost Chromebooks, and costing as little as 25% of the price of Apple’s MacBook Air.
While there isn’t currently a release date for the Surface Laptop in the UK, those in the US can pre-order today.