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Microsoft Rolls out Windows 10S and Surface Laptop

Microsoft Rolls out Windows 10S and Surface Laptop

The May 2nd Microsoft event was filled with a lot of news and a strong message for Education: Microsoft’s goal is to empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow. 

Providing an affordable, accessible learning platform is a key element in attaining that goal, and here are some of the way the envisage doing this:

  • New Windows 10 education PCs, starting at $189
  • Free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition for new Windows 10 education PCs*
    • *receive a one-year subscription to @PlayCraftLearn when purchasing a new Windows 10 device through your school.
  • Intune for Education: easy set-up, deployment, and management of Windows 10 devices
    • Microsoft is boosting Windows 10 S with a Windows Intune Education tool that allows you to configure a system image using a wizard, then put it on a USB key that can be used to installed that customized version of Windows 10 S on any PC in under 30 seconds.
  • Free Windows 10 S for all schools on their current genuine Windows Pro PCs
    • Windows 10 S is streamlined for security and performance, and works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store.
    • Learn more about Windows 10 S here
  • Free Microsoft Office 365 for Education
    • Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need to get started is a valid school email address.  Learn how it works
  • Microsoft Teams (launching on Windows 10 S  Summer 2017)
    • Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place. Educators can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learnings communities, and communicate with school staff all from a single experience in Office 365 for Education.
      • Microsoft team is going to redefine what a classroom means for teachers and students: providing them anytime, anywhere access to learning and creating favorable, positive learning outcomes.

Enter the Microsoft Surface Laptop

Microsoft took all of the innovations from Surface and brought them together to make a meticulously crafted laptop that is designed for Windows 10 S.  It is powerful, slim, elegant and perfect for your favorite apps, photographs, videos, reports and presentations.1

Surface Laptop is made for and powered by Windows 10 S: streamlined for security and superior performance. The hardware and software are blended so flawlessly you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. Applications are delivered via the Windows Store, ensuring that they’re Microsoft verified.

  • Stream, browse & study in stunningly high resolution: the perfect college companion
  • 7th Gen Intel Core processor
  • A simply brilliant touchscreen: bright and easy to read, enjoy razor-sharp resolution for photographs, videos, reports, and presentations on the vibrant 13.5” PixelSense™ Display with interactive touchscreen.
  • Beautiful and built to last: Surface Laptop features a compact aluminum shell for extreme portability and durability that lasts. Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 helps protect your laptop screen.
  • A new level of typing comfort: feel the warm, luxurious touch of MS’ Signature Alcantara® covered keyboard and palm rest, and enjoy a comfortable typing experience like no other.
  • Omnisonic Speakers provide Dolby Audio Premium sound
    • Up to 14.5 hours of video playback2
    • Up to 16GB RAM / Up to 512GB SSD / 2.7 lbs
    • Available in 4 colors: Graphite Gold, Platinum, Cobalt Blue & Burgundy
    • Surface Laptop is all about beautiful details and ease of use that make computing a pleasure — right down to a refined design that lets you open your laptop with one hand.

Windows 10 S works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store. Some accessories and apps compatible with Windows 10 may not work, and performance may vary. Certain default settings, features, and apps cannot be changed. Learn more at Windows 10 S Support FAQ.

Up to 14.5 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2017 using Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM devices. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors. 

Surface laptop perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance. It does all of this without compromising on the things which are important to higher education students: battery life, display quality, storage, and portability.

Panos Panay said it best:

“Microsoft’s mission. Empower to achieve more. Motivation in Surface, Windows, Office, Mixed Reality, OneNote, Minecraft, Teams. It’s the attention to details that allows you to put your passion where you want to push it. It’s about creating products to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. ”

From what I have heard today, I believe Microsoft is well poised to achieve this mission.

– Alex Kisa Microsoft Surface BDM, PCM, Inc. 

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