When Microsoft introduced Windows 10S last year, I was deeply concerned. If you didn't think too hard about it, it kind of sounded like a good idea: A lightweight version of regular Windows 10, designed for systems without a ton horsepower, and a potentially competitive alternative to affordable Chromebooks, which have become a big hit and in the education market. Sounds OK so far, right?
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At Microsoft's Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it's a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. "Do they have dressers backstage?" an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over.
Meet Microsoft's Surface Laptop, a portable computer made for basically everyone and meant to take on high-design competitors like the Apple MacBook. The new Surface Laptop is lightweight, ships with the newly announced Windows 10 S (but can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro), and includes many familiar details featured on other Microsoft hardware products.
Google Chrome has become so good that when it comes to affordable, quality laptops, it's a better buy than a cheap Windows device. So Microsoft needs a lightweight OS to compete, and it's really hoping that the education-focused Windows 10 S will be that OS.