Who saw you, who saw you, Microsoft: The once evil giant in the computing world has returned to its origins, relearned to be cool, to launch interesting products, and even to backtrack on decisions that even, say, five years ago, seemed set in stone as company commandments. Want a test?
For I give you two, both coming from the event hosted by Satya Nadella and her class this morning in New York.
Windows 10 S
He was the one I meant when I spoke of the commandments set in stone. Do you know that Windows image you (probably) have of a system that is absolutely exposed to any threats, open to any well-meaning source or the internet and always on the verge of becoming malware-infested? Well, Microsoft is looking to change this printout with this new version of Windows 10.
This is essentially the same Windows 10 that is always closed, however, to any source that does not come from the app store itself. If you want to call it "Microsoft iOS", I won't scold you though, remember, we are still talking about a complete operating system, with a multitude of programs and mouse support; At this point, it is clear that your main competitor is actually Chrome OS and the increasingly popular Chromebooks.
Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 is just students and casual users who don't need to use specialized software or don't want to install games from external sources. The nudes and bonuses are clear: if on the one hand the almost infinite flexibility of Windows is lost, on the other, the gain in basically total security, since we are talking about a system essentially closed and immune to external threats.
In addition, Windows 10 is significantly faster by running all applications on sandbox and have a renewed focus on resource management – that is, if an app is consuming too much memory, the system will automatically put it to sleep immediately to optimize everything. All of this, of course, considering the fact that this version of the system is mainly employed in low-cost educational computers; Microsoft says there are up to $ 189 end-consumer machines with Windows 10 S!
It is good to note that we are not talking about a new version of Windows RT here 10 S runs any Win32 application with ease; he just needs to be in the Microsoft store. Should the user feel the need to move to traditional Windows 10 at any time, however, the Redmond giant has not missed this detail and made it as easy as possible: just upgrade to $ 49 (the price in Brazil not yet released).
You might think that to officially introduce Windows 10 S to the world, Microsoft would produce a low-cost machine to match the cheaper Chromebooks. Well, if you have thought this, let me say that you are badly mistaken: Surface Laptop the most ?traditional? portable computer in Big m So far, but that does not mean that he is not, like his brothers, a wonderful piece of cutting-edge engineering with a price tag.
The computer, which weighs a mere 1.25kg and is 1.47 inches thick (roughly the same as a 13 ? MacBook Pro), features a 13.5-inch screen in 3: 2 aspect ratio and 2256 × resolution. 1504 pixels the panel, it should be noted, brings full support Surface Pen, but not detachable as in Surface Book. The machine can be equipped with next generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. Kaby lake, up to 1TB of solid state storage and up to 16GB of RAM. The battery, according to Microsoft, lasts 14.5 hours (!!!), and in terms of connectivity we have a USB 3.0 port (no USB-C for some reason) and Mini DisplayPort, besides the proprietary port. Surface connect.
The entire exterior of the machine is made of aluminum, but the same interesting thing appears when the lid is opened: the lower surface of the computer covered with Alcntara, a microfiber fabric that holds similar characteristics and silk the same material that already equips Type Cover Surface Pro. The Surface Laptop comes in four colors Platinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy (a shade of wine) and Cobalt blue and its starting price of $ 1,000 (~ $ 3,100 direct conversion), with Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Surface Laptop comes, as expected, with Windows 10 S, but Microsoft is including a special offer for early adopters: its owners can upgrade to traditional Windows 10 free of charge by the end of the year. if you wish.