Windows 10 S is Microsoft's Chrome OS Competitor

While this may seem similar to anything that Microsoft has done in the past, this time around it has a new operating system and the new Surface Laptop to boot. The company's latest Surface-branded device is created to target the educational sector, potentially bring in troubles for the likes of Google and Apple.

The laptop, which Microsoft announced at an event in NY, weighs 2.76 pounds (1.25 kilograms), less than the comparable MacBook Air from Apple.

With Microsoft seemingly targeting low-end Chromebooks with those cheap Windows 10 S-powered laptops and Apple at the high-end with its impressive-looking Surface Laptop, the firm seems to be gunning for both ends of the education market. While we are aware of Microsoft's struggle over the past few years to make a tablet as good as Apple's iPad, we also know that not everyone wants a computer that can double up as a tablet.

Microsoft's partners for Windows 10 S include Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba, and Windows 10 education PCs will start at $189. Every device will come with a free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Office 365 for Education for what Microsoft calls its "complete solution for education". So what does Windows 10 S have to offer users on a budget?

Microsoft is set to launch Windows 10 S in the summer, starting with its new Surface Laptop which is released on June 15.

The Surface Laptop is 14.5 millimeters thick and weighs 1.25 kilograms.

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The Surface Laptop has a 13.5-inch touchscreen display that is claimed to be slimmest LCD display to be present in the Laptop fraternity.

It uses a fabric alcantara keyboard just like its premium Surface Pro 4 keyboard, with a 1.5mm travel for the backlit keys.

A couple of years ago Microsoft was kind of intimidates by the Chromebooks. The Surface Laptop starts at $999 and is available for preorder as of Tuesday.

Users can bump up their Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for $49 (~R652) and if they're a student Microsoft will upgrade the OS for free.

The Surface Laptop will be available in four colour options - silver, gold, burgundy and grey. Windows 10 S can run any browser in the Windows Store.