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Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop and Windows platform

Technology 02 May 2017
Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop and Windows platform

Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop and Windows platform

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Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface laptop at an event in New York.

The device will go on sale on 15 June with a starting price of $999 (£770). It has a 13.5 inch (34cm) screen and 14 hours of battery life, the firm said.

The tech giant also revealed a new edition of its Windows 10 operating system aimed at schools and designed to run on low-cost computers.

Experts said the move was intended to help Microsoft compete with Google in the global schools market.

Windows 10S promises stronger virus protection and better battery life, and will be available on PCs with a starting price of $189.

Microsoft and Apple have long dominated the school computing market, but they have struggled with the recent rise of Google's low-cost Chromebooks, which come loaded with the Chrome operating system and generally cost less than $300 in the US.

According to consulting firm Futuresource, Google devices accounted for 58% of new sales to US schools in 2016 with Windows on 22% and Mac products on 19%.

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