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Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is too good just for class

Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is too good just for class

Today Microsoft revealed the Surface Laptop, what Microsoft describes as a new more "personal" vision of a personal computer. This notebook computer works with the Surface Pen, it works with the Surface Dial, and it works with the Surface Mouse. It also has a touchpad and a touchscreen, too. Basically this is what Apple originally marketed as the MacBook Air, but here it comes with a bit more functionality and a different approach with materials.

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This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off its education-centric event today by introducing the world to a new version of Windows 10. Dubbed Windows 10 S, Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson took the stage to show off this pared-back version of Windows. There are a few features in Windows 10 S that make it useful not just in classroom settings, but perhaps for personal use as well.

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Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition beta available now

Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition beta available now

Microsoft is leveraging Minecraft Education Edition for schools, with a new Code Builder tool that wraps coding in with building. Announced alongside Windows 10 S at the company's MicrosoftEDU event in New York City today, the add-on will be available in beta today. It's designed to make coding more immediate.

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Microsoft’s Chromebook-eating Windows 10 S notebooks start at $189

Microsoft’s Chromebook-eating Windows 10 S notebooks start at $189

Microsoft revealed Windows 10 S today with word that notebooks running the software would be available soon starting at less than 200-dollars. As the presentation of Windows 10 S centered on education, Microsoft sent a rather clear message to Google. Microsoft's goal right this minute is to stop the movement of schools turning to Chromebooks to suit their low-cost, needs-met notebook needs, while turning them on to a new, more streamlined version of Windows.

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Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s Windows 10 S “Chromebook”

Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s Windows 10 S “Chromebook”

Surface Laptop? Windows 10 S? What sorcery is this? In just a few hours, we will hear Microsoft explain why it doesn't have a new high-end Surface in sight. Snarkasm aside, the Surface Laptop is what has alternately been speculated to be the Surface Book 2, sans the 2-in-1 form factor. And as a "Chromebook killer", this traditional portable computer will be running a not so traditional version of Windows 10, Windows 10 "S", previously known as Windows 10 Cloud.

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Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Don't expect the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5, or even a Surface Phone at Microsoft's event this week, but do expect its answer to Google's Chromebook. Anticipation for what the software giant will do next with its premium Surface range has never been higher, not least because it was a disappointing glitch in an otherwise healthy financial quarter. It looks, though, like we'll have to wait a little longer to see how Microsoft will address that, because the company is too busy going back to school.

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Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10 users in Microsoft's Insider program are used to testing out the operating system's newest updates via test builds, and the latest includes a feature that was missing from the recent Creators Update. Called My People, the feature acts as a shortcut to users' most frequent contacts, allowing quick access to messaging and file sharing options. My People get pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar, making the selected contacts just a click away.

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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Now this is a first. It's barely been a month since Microsoft opened the Creators Update floodgates and reception is rather lukewarm. In the past, Microsoft would be very aggressive in getting users to update to the latest version of Windows 10. This time, however, it is taking things slowly. Almost too slowly for some, which has lead those to manually download and install the update themselves. Which, in turn, has led to not a few broken Windows 10 PCs. Now Microsoft director Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery has written a blog post which basically tells users to be patient and wait their turn.

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There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

Two of the three (or four) major software platforms are on smartwatches. There's Android Wear and there's Apple watchOS. For years, Microsoft fans have been waiting and crying out for a Windows-powered wearable. After the short live of the Microsoft Band, that possibility seemed dead in the water. Well, not anymore. Sort of. The good news: there is indeed an existing and, more importantly, working Windows 10 smartwatch. The bad news: this TrekStor IoT Wearable is not something you'll ever be able to buy off the shell.

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Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Better late than never, as they always say. And considering this is Microsoft and smartphones we're talking about, the default is, more often than not, "never". Still, the Creators Update for the mobile version of Microsoft's operating system has been promised and, in truth, was already rolled out to its Insiders group. Following the release of the update for Windows 10 on desktops, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar confirmed over at Twitter that the update is rolling out to everyone in waves. At least everyone eligible to get the update, of course.

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Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Microsoft has gradually been updating the default mail and calendar apps in Windows 10, turning them into viable alternatives for users who prefer desktop clients to those on the web. This includes the most recent update from February, which introduced the Focused Inbox feature, automatically detecting important emails and presenting them first. Now Microsoft has announced that it's allowing users with Google and Gmail accounts to take advantage of these new features.

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