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New Windows 10 S laptops are designed for “Firstline Workers”

New Windows 10 S laptops are designed for “Firstline Workers”

When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, it was clearly seen as an attempt to regain lost ground from Chrome OS. Especially with its focus on the education sector and Chromebook-like laptops. But just as Chrome OS and Chromebooks aren't just used in schools, Microsoft is also aiming its guns at another, and potentially more lucrative, audience: the enterprise. At its Ignite conference, Redmond announced four new Windows 10 S devices but, this time, it's specifically targeting what it calls "Firstline Workers".

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Surface Laptop colors go global, Window 10 Pro upgrade extended

Surface Laptop colors go global, Window 10 Pro upgrade extended

A few months ago, Microsoft made a somewhat odd but totally expected announcement. Or rather, a couple of announcements. It was going to reclaim its place in Education with Windows 10 S but, at the same time, introduced a Surface Laptop that very few students would be able to afford. It was still a hit though, especially because of its colors and luscious Alcantara keyboard, which Microsoft is now bringing to more countries. At the same time, it knows that Windows 10 S won’t be to everyone’s tastes, so it is extending the deadline for the free upgrade from S to Pro until Q1 next year.

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ASUS VivoBook W202 laptop joins the Windows 10 S stable

ASUS VivoBook W202 laptop joins the Windows 10 S stable

It’s back to school time, which means that for some students or their parents, it’s also time to invest in a new, or their first, school laptop. Taking advantage of this unique shopping season, Microsoft and its OEM partners have gotten the ball rolling with a team of Windows 10 S computers. The latest to join the team is ASUS’ very first Windows 10 S laptop, the VivoBook W202, which is, quite honestly, going to have a hard time standing out from the rest.

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Windows 10 S devices now available, but you can test it too

Windows 10 S devices now available, but you can test it too

Last May, Microsoft both disappointed power users but also pleased the education sector with its announcement of Windows 10 S. This version of Windows 10 has been locked down for school use and designed to run even on low-powered notebooks. Three months later, Microsoft is finally making such devices available for both academic institutions and consumers to buy. But if you’re just curious to see if Windows 10 S is even worth its salt, you can do install it on your existing Windows 10 Pro system as well.

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Surface Laptop now lets you go back to Windows 10 S from Pro upgrade

Surface Laptop now lets you go back to Windows 10 S from Pro upgrade

While the Surface Laptop is a thing of beauty, there are a few things that make it somewhat less appealing. There's the rather exorbitant price tag for a computer aimed at students. There's also the rather disappointing repairability score iFixit recently discovered. And then there's the one way ticket from the limited environs of Windows 10 S to the full power of Windows 10 Pro. Now at least one of those problems has been solved. And, no, it's not the price.

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Microsoft Office desktop version is now on the Windows Store

Microsoft Office desktop version is now on the Windows Store

Remember the days when Microsoft was mocked for having half a dozen editions of everything? Those days might be back. There are a few versions of Windows 10 already, with more from the server and enterprise coming soon. And now there are two versions of Microsoft Office in the Windows Store, in addition to the standalone Office suite. The full desktop versions of Microsoft Office applications are now available as a Universal Windows Platform or UWP apps, and we all have Windows 10 S to thank for that.

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Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S might prove to be the perfect operating system for some people, but those people almost certainly won't be Linux fans. Microsoft has revealed that Linux distros won't run on Windows 10 S, which might strike some as a strange announcement to make. After all, Microsoft also recently announced that those same Linux distros will soon be coming to the Windows Store.

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iTunes is coming to the Windows Store (and Windows 10 S is to blame)

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store (and Windows 10 S is to blame)

Microsoft and Apple may not be the most obvious bedfellows, but that isn't stopping Apple from bringing iTunes to the Windows Store. While the past couple of years has seen Microsoft launch an increasing number of apps on macOS and iOS, Apple is pushing back a little. Announced at BUILD 2017 today, the Cupertino firm's media and iOS management software will be coming to Microsoft's download store.

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Surface Laptop: The 5 things you really need to know

Surface Laptop: The 5 things you really need to know

There are a few different things users will need to know before they purchase - or once they've already purchased - the Microsoft Surface Laptop. In this device is Microsoft's newest best hope to take on their biggest competitor's main notebook - the MacBook. At the same time, this device is the headliner for a software suite that's not necessarily going to work all that well for all the people who plan on purchasing the hardware.

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Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know

Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know

Microsoft just made an aggressive and rather daring attempt to reclaim its spot in the education sector. A new class of laptops, with prices ranging from $189 to $2,199, was born, and at the heart of it is Windows 10 S. Call it Secure, Streamlined, or Stunted, this new flavor of Windows 10 S is designed to sing to educators and system administrators. But, almost like a siren's song, it comes at a cost. So before you set your eyes and your heart on it, here are a few hidden traps in Windows 10 S you might want to be aware of.

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Acer’s first Windows 10 S notebook is the TravelMate Spin B1

Acer’s first Windows 10 S notebook is the TravelMate Spin B1

Windows 10 S is barely out of the gate in terms of its reveal earlier today, but hardware manufacturers are wasting no time in announcing new hardware that will support the operating system. One of the first to make such an announcement is Acer, which has just unveiled its new TravelMate Spin B1 convertible. Not only does this have the distinction of being Acer's first Windows 10 S machine, but it's also the first TravelMate convertible.

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Surface Laptop release date and pre-order details prepare for June

Surface Laptop release date and pre-order details prepare for June

If you've decided you need to have a Surface Laptop, which was unveiled earlier during Microsoft's education event, then good news: the company says that the notebook will go up for pre-order later today. It's going to be a relatively short period of time between reveal and release too, with Microsoft announcing a June release date for the Surface Laptop.

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