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The newest Microsoft Surface laptop on display at the company’s store in New York City. SHEILA RADA

Microsoft launches new laptop, Windows 10 S

San Francisco: Microsoft Corp. unveiled last week a new personal computer (PC) model that’s installed with a new Windows operating system (OS) that’s slightly different from its previous version. 

The new PC, called the Surface laptop, continues the efforts of the American technology giant—which once prided itself as the world’s biggest software publisher—to engage the market on both the hardware and software fronts.

The company, headquartered in Redmond, Washington state, claimed at an event in New York City that the new PC is thinner, lighter, and faster; has better battery life, display quality, storage, and portability; and is available for pre-order.

At 2.76 pounds (1.25 kilograms), and 14.47 millimeters at its thickest point, the laptop comes with a 13.5-inch display and a latest-generation central processing unit (CPU) from Intel Corp.

The configuration, Microsoft said, is what college students have been asking for.

The pre-installed OS, known as Windows 10 S, is a specific configuration of the Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar experience and is streamlined for security and performance.

However, Microsoft said, the new system exclusively runs applications, or apps, from the online Windows Store and uses Microsoft Edge as its default web browser.

Saying it was inspired by students and teachers and is “the best Windows ever for schools,” the company argued that Windows 10 S “is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places.” PNA/XINHUA 

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