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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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The Surface Laptop is a laser-focused attack on Apple’s MacBook

The Surface Laptop is a laser-focused attack on Apple’s MacBook

"This is the laptop that starts to reset the category," Microsoft's Panos Panay says of the new Surface Laptop, and it's abundantly clear he has Apple in his sights. The brand new Windows 10 S notebook was unveiled in New York City this morning, as part of the MicrosoftEDU event. While Panay wasn't shy about talking up the new notebook's abilities, he also didn't hold back when it came to MacBook comparisons.

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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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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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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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Acer Aspire U27 AiO and Switch 5 2-in-1 feature a liquid cooling system

Acer Aspire U27 AiO and Switch 5 2-in-1 feature a liquid cooling system

Among the gear Acer unveiled today comes a pair of computing products notable for how they're kept cool. The Acer Aspire U27 all-in-one desktop PC and the 2-in-1 convertible Switch 5 are both equipped with LiquidLoop, a liquid cooling system. The Switch 5 is Acer's first 2-in-1 laptop that features its LiquidLoop offering; it, as with the Aspire all-in-one, are ultra-quiet thanks to the elimination of the cooling fan.

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Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Microsoft's upcoming May 2nd event is only a few weeks away, and while we already know it will focus on education, new information has emerged that hints we'll finally see the debut of Windows 10 Cloud, a scaled-back version of the operating system designed to compete with Chrome OS on low-spec hardware. Among the new details are a list of minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud, revealing how such devices running the OS would compare to Google’s Chromebooks.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 910 Review: a big, beautiful (and pricey) all-in-one PC

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 910 Review: a big, beautiful (and pricey) all-in-one PC

Lenovo is back with a new all-in-one desktop computer, the IdeaCentre AIO 910. This model is aimed at consumers who want a simple but powerful desktop experience, and it follows in the footsteps of things like the A740. As we'd expect from an all-in-one desktop, this system brings everything someone needs for a proper computing experience: a large monitor, all the desktop hardware built into the monitor/base, plus a wireless keyboard and mouse. With a starting price of $1,799 USD, though, consumers largely have one big question about this AIO: is it worth it? Read our review to find out!

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Microsoft confirms Windows’ NSA hacking loopholes have been patched

Microsoft confirms Windows’ NSA hacking loopholes have been patched

Yesterday, the computer security industry woke up to the news that a hacker group known as "Shadow Brokers" had released a handful of exploits for Windows operating systems, along with details about how these tools had been created by and stolen from the NSA. While alarms are ringing about the US government's ability to hack consumer PCs, Microsoft has fortunately come forward to clarify that Windows has already been patched to prevent use of these exploits.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Imagine pulling a laptop out of its box for the first time, only to worry that it may not include a battery due to its insanely light weight. That was my first thought when I retrieved the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th generation) from its box. It's hard to imagine that this laptop is powered by anything other than thin air, mostly because it's hard to imagine there's an entire set of hardware -- including a battery, of course -- inside this thin and light body. What kind of sacrifices had to be made to produce such a svelte laptop? Surprisingly few, it turns out.

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Windows Vista is officially dead

Windows Vista is officially dead

More than 10 years after it first launched, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista. Today is the final day for Windows Vista extended support, which means that the divisive operating system is well and truly dead. This move from Microsoft comes nearly five years to the day after mainstream support for Vista ended.

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Windows Insider Program now available for business users

Windows Insider Program now available for business users

One of the biggest changes to come from Microsoft alongside the debut of Windows 10 was the launch of its Insider Program, offering millions of users the chance to try out beta versions of its latest operating system. This program has continued to be successful over the last few years, giving users early access to new additions like the Creators Update, but it has had one major limitation: users have only been able to sign up with their personal Microsoft accounts.

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