Again, their reasoning for opting for standard USB is their audience, but it still would've been nice to see USB-C reach the average consumer on this level. A new report suggests that Microsoft might soon rename Windows Store to Microsoft Store in Windows 10.
So, student, road warrior, professional or just computer aficionado with an eye for design, is this the laptop for you?
MSFT has incorporated its new Surface Laptop with its latest Windows 10 S, which happens to be a more efficient and secure version of the previous Windows 10 OS. Microsoft hope this will rival the Apple MacBook Air.
Initial buyers of the Surface Laptop will also receive a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, along with one terabyte of cloud-based storage on OneDrive. The theory is that by managing all software, including updates, through the Microsoft Store, Windows 10 S can better control your laptop's resources and security.
By emphasizing such features, Microsoft is clearly taking aim at Google, whose cloud-centric Chromebooks have taken a growing chunk of the classroom computing market in the USA, as well as at Apple, whose laptops are popular among college users. It's powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core processor and will offer a battery life of up to 14.5 hours, according to Microsoft devices head Panos Panay.
But the perks of Windows 10 S come with a trade-off: You'll be able to download and run apps from only the Windows Store, the app store built into Windows 10. The 3.4 million pixel 13.5 inch PixelSense LCD touchscreen has 3:2 aspect ratio.
There's also an Alcantara-covered keyboard and USB port, a mini DisplayPort and a Surface power connector. And the laptop will be available in four colors: platinum, graphite gold, cobalt blue, and burgundy.
If you try to download something that's not in the Windows Store, you may see a suggestion for an alternative app that is available there.
The Surface Laptop is available for pre-order today with prices starting at $999, this will get you the Core i5 version with 4GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.