This Week on Windows: E3, the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S and more

It’s been an action-packed week between announcing Xbox One X and showing 42 new titles at E3, and the availability of the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Windows 10 S. Head over here to catch up on all the Xbox news out of our E3 Briefing, check out the new gaming devices announced at E3 by ORIGIN PC and Alienware and Dell – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store! Our This Week on Windows video team is all down at E3 this week, and we’ll be back with a new episode of the show next week!

In case you missed it:

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All about E3 2017:

Heading into a Firefight with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Earlier this year the we saw the return of grand real-time strategy on Xbox One and Windows 10 with the release of Halo Wars 2. With it came an explosive new single-player campaign, an innovative competitive multiplayer system in Blitz, and an introduction to a new, captivating villain in the Banished and Aritox. At E3, we got our first hands-on with the next chapter of the saga with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, which sees the return of our favorite ancient enemy, the Flood, as well as the new co-op multiplayer mode Terminus Firefight. Head over to Xbox Wire to read all about it!

Razer announces upgraded Blade Stealth Laptop powered by Windows 10

This week, Razer announced its upgraded 13.3-inch version of the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth with Windows 10, measuring 0.52 inches thin, weighing 2.93 pounds and with up to nine hours of battery life. Powered by the Windows 10 Creators Update, it arrives with the all-new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, Night lightmini view and more. It also ships built-in with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana* and comprehensive protection with Windows Defender.

Features of the Blade Stealth Laptop include:

  • Available in traditional black or gunmetal with tone-on-tone Razer logo (US only)
  • 3 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
  • QHD+ (3200 x 1800)
  • 100% sRGB Touch IGZO Panel
  • Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.7 GHz / 3.5 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD options
  • 16GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (902.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) – External Graphics with Razer Core
  • USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed); HDMI 2.0a audio and video output; built-in stereo speakers; built-in array microphone; 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in 43.6 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery

To learn more, visit razerzone.com!

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at its limits with the most comprehensive automotive game ever made: Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition is now available for pre-order. Drivers will experience gorgeous true 4K graphics within 30 famous environments, with race conditions that change each time you return to the track. Pre-order it from the Windows Store here, and head over to Xbox Wire for our hands-on impressions of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS!

Blockbuster Movie Sale* – Save up to 45% off

 Blockbuster Movie Sale in the Windows Store 

Kick off summer with the Blockbuster Movie Sale! Save up to 45% on new releases like XXX: Return of Xander Cage, score amazing deals on movie bundles like the Transformers 4 Movie Collection, and enjoy major savings on franchise favorites like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, The Hunger Games, and more. Don’t miss the Blockbuster Movie Sale, now through June 19 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Saban’s Power Rangers – Buy for $14.99

Saban's Power Rangers now in the Windows Store

When five high school students discover an old spaceship and acquire unique superpowers, they must team up to save the world from a dangerous alien threat. Saban’s Power Rangers ($14.99 US) is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before Blu-ray and DVD.

Have a great weekend!

*Blockbuster Movie Sale is not available in all markets. Sale content and discounts may vary by market.

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Six things you need to know about Windows 10 S

Our mission with Windows is to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us. This is the North Star that guides our team in all we do. With Windows, not only do we want to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us – we also want customers to have choice around the best Windows for their needs. Back in May, we introduced a new set of educational products and services, including the introduction of Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is the next step of our Windows journey by offering customers a familiar Windows 10 experience, streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps from the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for students, educators, creators, and businesses alike who prefer longer battery life, faster boot up time, and the peace of mind that comes with using apps that are Microsoft-verified.

Windows 10 S Start menu show in English.

Windows 10 S ships with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and includes familiar Windows 10 experiences like Cortana*, Windows Hello**, Windows Ink**, Microsoft Edge, Paint 3D, and more.

Here are six things you need to know about Windows 10 S and some tips for getting started:

  • Windows 10 S is designed for superior performance. Start-ups are quick and designed to stay that way.
  • Browse the web with Microsoft Edge: a faster, more secure browser. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft Edge is the default browser. Microsoft Edge is built for Windows 10 and offers a secure browsing experience. In fact, Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 S blocks more phishing sites than Google Chrome on Chromebooks. Microsoft Edge is useful for students and home users alike, ensuring compatibility with the sites college students and universities use, like Google Docs. New features in Microsoft Edge–like the new Tab Preview Bar–make it easy for students to research and manage school projects. And, with Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can easily make notes directly on a web page and share them with a classmate. If you’re new to Windows 10 S and Microsoft Edge, visit this post to learn how to import your data from other browsers into Microsoft Edge. With Microsoft Edge, Bing is the default search engine, and you can easily research and save any tabs – including any search engine as your preferred search destination.

Windows Defender Security Center shown on Windows 10 S

  • Microsoft–verified security. With Windows 10 S, customers who want to use apps can get them from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally each run in a safe “container,” ensuring consistent performance and security for the system. Windows 10 S customers will be protected from malware by default with Windows Defender and can use additional anti-virus software available in the Windows Store if they choose.

Homepage of the Windows Store shown on Windows 10 S

  • Download the apps you want right from the Windows Store. There are many choices of apps in the Windows Store that are ready for you to download and use with Windows 10 S. Some examples include: Office 365 Personal in preview – available today for Windows 10 S– Hulu, Pandora, Autodesk SketchBook, Netflix, Sling TV, Complete Anatomy, Duolingo, NPR One, Facebook, Instagram, Drawboard PDF, OhBot, Fluid Math, Sensavis Visual Learning, and Twitter. We continue to work with our partners to bring even more apps to the Windows Store over time – Spotify and iTunes are apps we recently announced that will be available in the Windows Store in the coming months. Visit the Windows Store to get started exploring all the content available to download.

Office 365 Personal available in preview in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S

  • Office 365 and Windows 10 S are Better Together. Windows 10 S runs the rich desktop Office apps including popular productivity apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. The full suite of Office apps in preview are currently available to download today with Office 365 in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S. On Surface Laptop, you can simply open the Start menu and click on any of the Office app icons like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to launch the download from the Store. For more information on Office 365 Personal in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S, visit this FAQ.
  • Built-in Windows experiences to keep you productive and inspire creativity. Windows 10 S offers familiar Windows 10 experiences like Cortana–your digital personal assistant–password-free sign in with Windows Hello, Windows Ink, the Xbox app, Paint 3D, and more.

For more tips on getting started with Windows 10 S, check out our Windows 10 Tips blog posts or visit this FAQ. We are excited to make available Windows 10 S today on the new Surface Laptop, and in the coming months, Windows 10 S will become available on even more devices across a range of price points from our partners.

*Cortana available in select markets.
**Windows Hello and Windows Ink experiences dependent on hardware.

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Surface Laptop and Surface Pro available today in markets around the world

Surface family device shot, from left to right shown, the new Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio, and Surface Laptop in Platinum color.

Today, we are excited to launch the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop and bring our full family of Surface products to more markets than ever before. When I look at the journey we have been on since we launched the first Surface nearly five years ago, I am amazed at how far the product family has come. With Surface Pro, we created a new category and challenged the status quo of the laptop. With every Surface release since we have continued to push the boundaries of existing categories – bringing more power, more pixels and more versatility to help people work how they want, where they want.

From the professional that seeks inspiration out in the world and wants to capture it, to the student traveling from class to dorm room to library, we all desire tools that allow us to bring ideas to life wherever we choose. This is why we build Surface products, and this is why we’ve expanded the Surface family with beautiful and powerful devices that reflect the individual using them.

Surface Laptop

People are already falling in love with Surface Laptop. The rich, deep colors draw you into an experience that is warm and inviting. The blend of beauty and performance hits all the right notes without compromising the things required to keep you productive, like all-day battery life, incredible display quality, and portability. Even the Alcantara® material covering the keyboard balances its elegance with a clever design that resists spills and absorption. Every detail on this product has been thought through.

This meticulous attention extends to the software as well. Surface Laptop is made for Windows 10 S and the best of Microsoft’s products and services like Office and OneDrive. Windows 10 S ensures that your device is always up to date, and because Microsoft verifies every app in the Windows Store, you don’t have to worry whether an application is legit or malicious. You get the benefit of superior performance and streamlined security. To learn more about getting started with Windows 10 S, visit this blog post.

New apps arrive in the Windows Store all the time – in fact, we recently announced Spotify will come to the Windows Store this summer. We also recently launched SoundCloud Beta and will see iTunes in the Windows Store in the coming months. If you need an app that isn’t yet available in the Windows Store, you can easily switch to Windows 10 Pro at no additional cost until Dec. 31, 2017.

And, for a limited time, Surface Laptop comes with an offer for a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of free storage on OneDrive*, giving you full access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Surface Laptop colors available in more markets

We’re also excited to announce that we are making all four Surface Laptop colors available in 17 new markets over the coming months. Burgandy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold will join Platinum as options available in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, HK, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.

Visit Surface.com to learn more about available colors and pre-orders in your country.

The new Surface Pro

Also available today, the new Surface Pro is the perfect balance of versatility and performance. We wanted this product to be the laptop you can bring with you anywhere since you never know when or where inspiration will strike.

We’ve redesigned this game-changing form factor from the inside out. While the refined exterior may look familiar, this is a new generation of Surface Pro, offering up to 13.5 hours of battery life so you can work and create all day on the go and over 2.5x more power than Surface Pro 3. It runs Windows 10 Pro and Office, and it can handle the powerful desktop apps you crave, without compromising the thin and light form that has defined Surface Pro since we launched the first device five years ago. We’ve also made incredible progress with the Surface Pen. This is our most natural and responsive Pen yet. You can read all about how we’ve quadrupled the pressure sensitivity over our previous version, or how we dropped latency to milliseconds while adding tilt functionality. This new Surface Pen pushes the boundaries of the digital and analog worlds, bringing a fluid real-to-life inking experience. Every stroke, every line, shows up as intended, even the finest of touches.

The new Surface Pro in Studio Mode

With Surface Pen, touch, and on-screen support of Surface Dial, Surface Pro becomes a mobile creative studio that offers unparalleled versatility and performance.

Surface Pro is available now with LTE coming later this year.

Surface Studio expands to more markets

Surface Studio

People around the world have been asking us when they can get Surface Studio. This device has sparked the imagination of some of the world’s most creative individuals. We heard you. After recent expansion to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, we are proud to share that Surface Studio will be available starting today in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

There has never been a better time to buy a Surface

If you’ve been waiting to purchase your new Surface, there’s never been a better time.

Starting today at all physical Microsoft Stores in the US or Canada, when you trade in an old device, including an Apple MacBook or iPad, you will receive up to $850 off most Surface devices, including the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop***.

Microsoft Store associates will help find the right Surface for you with a device fitting, and with the new Surface Migration Assistant app, you can easily transfer all your files, pictures, music and settings to your new Surface device without missing a beat. Come into a Microsoft Store and let us show you how easy it is to make the switch to a Surface.

The team is humbled by the excitement we’ve seen for these products, and it is inspiring to see all of the brilliant things people from around the world create every day using their Surface. We can’t wait to see what you build with the two new products available today.

Visit Surface.com or your nearest Microsoft Store to learn more.

*Limited-time offer for a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1TB OneDrive storage; must activate within 180 days. Offer ends 10/15/2017.

***Offer valid from June 15, 2017, to July 31, 2017, while supplies last. Available only in Microsoft retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. To receive full store credit towards the purchase of a new select Surface device, a customer must trade-in qualifying Surface Pro device subject to these terms. To be eligible for trade-in, you must own the qualifying device, device must power on, battery must hold charge and not be required to be plugged in to operate, and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing, liquid damage, modification(s) or have device warranty seal broken to be considered working. Cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Must contain a hard drive. Any appraised value will be determined at trade-in and provided as a Microsoft retail store credit. All trade-ins are subject to Microsoft’s discretion and approval. All trade-ins are final. Recycle for Rewards program provided by CExchange, LLC., and other terms and conditions may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. May be combinable with other offers. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply. See store associate for details.

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