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This Week on Windows: Spotify in the Windows Store, 360° videos, E3 and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to watch 360° videos with the Windows 10 Creators Update, catch up on all the Xbox news out of our E3 Briefing, learn more about the launch of Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, head over here for six things you need to know about Windows 10 S, or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.

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There has never been a better time to buy a Surface

Surface Laptop

If you’ve been waiting to purchase your new Surface, there’s never been a better time. We announced last week that 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.

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

djay Pro Sale – Buy for $39.99

djay Pro

Thirty million downloads are powerfully persuasive recommendations – and djay Pro ($39.99, regularly $49.99, June 19-25, 2017) doesn’t disappoint. Now, get all its amazing features and effects – including Surface Dial integration, for scratching – along with the access to millions of tracks that Spotify integration delivers, for 20% off June 19-25.

Sling TV Cloud DVR comes to Windows 10

Sling TV

This week, discover more features and easier, better viewing with Sling TV Cloud DVR – now for Windows 10 (free to download; services start at $20 per month; $5 per month more for 50 hours of DVR storage). Sling TV Cloud DVR gives even more control over how, when, and where you watch. More channels allow you to see more of your favorites. Schedule, manage, and record on most channels with Windows 10.

Want to record content from local FOX channels, Nat Geo, or FX? No problem – they’re part of the new channel lineup. If you have a favorite episode, epic sports play, or another never-forget moment, just choose “Protect” in the Manage DVR section, and it’s saved as long as you subscribe. Signing up is easy – you add Cloud DVR just like any other extra on Sling TV. Just sign in to your account on sling.com and select “Add Cloud DVR.” Change the way you watch – and enjoy – on Sling TV, today!

Spotify

Spotify logo in blue and red

Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store. We first announced our partnership with Spotify in early May and are thrilled to bring the Spotify app to Windows 10 and Windows 10 S customers following on the heels of the release of Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S last week. The Spotify app is available today in all 60 countries where Spotify is available. Learn more in this blog post!

Kong: Skull Island – Buy from $14.99

Kong: Skull Island now in the Windows Store

When a group of scientists set out to explore an uncharted island in the South Pacific, they get more than they bargained for when they encounter the island’s extraordinary – and terrifying – wildlife. Kong: Skull Island ($29.99 UHD, $19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) is now available to own in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store four weeks before Blu-ray.

Have a great weekend!

*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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Spotify for Windows 10 available now in the Windows Store

Spotify logo in blue and red

Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store.

We’re excited to announce that Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store*. We first announced our partnership with Spotify in early May and are thrilled to bring the Spotify app to Windows 10 and Windows 10 S customers following on the heels of the release of Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S last week. The Spotify app is available today in all 60 countries where Spotify is available and offers the same familiar experiences as the Win32 application**.

With Spotify on Windows 10, you can enjoy, discover and share millions of songs wherever and whenever you want. Make and share your own playlists, or let Spotify suggest something great for you. Listen for free or subscribe to Premium for higher quality listening and to take your music offline

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

We’re proud to partner with Spotify to make it easy for customers to enjoy music however and wherever they want. Get started with the Spotify app for Windows 10 by downloading it today from the Windows Store. You can also learn more about today’s exciting news over on the Spotify Blog.

*Available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. To download this app, your PC or tablet must be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or greater. If you’re not sure which version of Windows your PC is running visit this link. To learn how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update click here.

**The Spotify app for Windows 10 is available in the following markets, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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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!

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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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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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This Week on Windows: Highlights from our #MicrosoftEDU event

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows where we shared highlights from our #MicrosoftEDU event in New York City. At the event, we shared a lot of exciting news about Microsoft Education. If you missed the keynote, you can watch it here on-demand.

Here are highlights from the event:

Empowering students and teachers of today to create the world of tomorrow

We introduced a set of educational products and services, inspired by teachers and students, including a new Windows experience called Windows 10 S; new experiences in Microsoft Teams for modern classroom collaboration; new features in Minecraft: Education Edition to teach coding ; 3D and mixed reality tools to spark creativity; a range of Windows 10 S PCs for K-12 classrooms; and the perfect Windows 10 S device for college students—Surface Laptop.

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Modern classroom collaboration with Office 365 for Education

New classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level – and make Teams the digital hub for teachers and students. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work, personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents, and staff. To learn more about the new classroom experiences in Teams, visit the Office Blog.

Introducing Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition

We announced Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, designed to inspire students to learn the basics and the power of coding by combining the open worlds of Minecraft with popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. To learn more about Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition visit, the Minecraft Education Blog.

Introducing Surface Laptop powered by Windows 10 S –  and available for pre-order

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Bringing 3D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

We announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, who is working to integrate 3D and mixed reality into their secondary and university level curriculum. By the 2018 school year, Pearson will offer curriculum in health, commerce, history, and STEM, on all Windows Mixed Reality devices. In addition, we announced a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3D content through your screen into the real world as mixed reality, using a simple RGB camera.

STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Stores

Beginning this Saturday, May 6, Microsoft Store locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia will host STEM Saturdays throughout May in all full-line locations in addition to the range of free programs year-round that empower students and educators. STEM Saturdays bring pop-up classrooms to Microsoft Store and offer hands-on experiences like building a sensor that measures the flexion and extension of a finger to learn about the anatomy of a human hand.

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

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Introducing Surface Laptop, powered by Windows 10 S

Earlier today, we shared our vision for empowering today’s students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow. This is a vision that resonates deeply with us on the Surface team because it taps directly into why we created Surface – to empower people to bring their ideas to life. To bring hardware and software together to transform the way people learn and create. This is what Surface has always been about. We built Surface Laptop to do two things: refresh the classic laptop form factor that our customers, especially college students, have been asking for; and make a Surface that works seamlessly to showcase the best of Windows 10 S.

The result is the most personal and balanced Surface we’ve ever made. This Surface perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance. It does all of this without compromising on the things we know are important to higher education students: battery life, display quality, storage, and portability.

The best of Surface

When you look at Surface Laptop you see will see how it brings together the best innovations from across the Surface family. People love the Surface Pro because we removed the need to carry two devices by putting a kickstand on it, to make them even more productive. It’s simple, but it’s also the most versatile and mobile laptop we’ve ever made. With Surface Book, we made a performance beast, with an incredible trackpad and typing experience. We built Surface Studio to remove the barriers to creating, to give people the ability to immerse themselves in their ideas: we engineered a floating sheet of pixels. And with Surface Dial we designed a new tool for creators that with integration across Windows apps, brings new experiences to life.

We took all of these innovations from Surface and brought them together to make a meticulously crafted laptop that is tailored for Windows 10 S. It is thinner, quieter, more powerful, and more personal because of every hard won lesson of the last five years.

Microsoft Surface Laptop shown in side view in Burgundy color with hand touching the trackpad

Thinner, lighter, faster.

At 2.76lbs and 14.47mm at its thickest point, no other laptop this light and thin* can match the sleek design, power, performance, and battery life of Surface Laptop.

You can open this Surface with just one finger and see the brilliant 13.5” PixelSense™ Display, made with edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. It’s the thinnest LCD touch screen display on any laptop.

This screen has 3.4M pixels with every pixel color calibrated to give you a vibrant and immersive canvas that draws you in and keeps you focused and engaged.

We haven’t compromised on performance to bring you this display quality. Surface Laptop comes with a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processor and even as light and thin as it is, up to four more hours of battery power than a 13” MacBook Pro**.

You don’t always need to bring a charger with you to class, or discussion, or study group because Surface Laptop has up to 14.5 hours of battery life**. And the Alcantara®-covered keyboard and soft palm rest give you a new level of typing comfort during those long days. When the work is done and it’s time to relax, you can watch 14 episodes of your favorite TV show in one sitting, without ever plugging in.

We’ve also worked across Windows and Surface to optimize battery life when you’re not using your laptop. So you can you can go away for vacation and pick up right where you left off when you return.

Woman laying down working on Microsoft Surface Laptop in Cobalt Blue

Beautifully crafted

We know that in addition to performance and battery life, students want something they are proud to carry. This is why Surface Laptop’s approach to material and color is personal, it reflects you. With Surface Laptop, we created a warm and human experience, moving the technology into the background.

Some of this personal feel comes from our investment in color***:

  • Platinum is the Surface core, our heritage color. Anodization gives it new depths and life. It continues to make a timeless and bright statement.
  • Graphite Gold is the ultimate neutral. The shimmer in the metal and material bring a comforting glow.
  • Cobalt Blue has the depth you see in the sea or sky. It’s a color inspired by nature and feels bright yet natural.
  • Burgundy’s elegance stands out. The color shifts from soft rose to deep red as you move from day to night or from inside to out.

Microsoft Surface Laptop shown above closed in all four colors, Platinum, Graphite Gold, Cobalt Blue and Burgundy

The anodized metal on the outside feels smooth and cool while the inside Alcantara® material feels soft and warm. The appearance of these together creates a harmony of color, showcasing a unique richness and depth. We’ve taken great care to make the materials not only functional but also provide tactile familiarity, and by design, Alcantara resists spills and absorption and is easy to clean.

The Best of Windows and Office

Surface Laptop is made for and powered by Windows 10 S. The hardware and software are blended so flawlessly you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. And for a limited time, Surface Laptop comes with an offer for 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.

All your documents will be protected, secure, and stable. You won’t have to worry about losing a paper again because everything will automatically save to the cloud, and Windows 10 S means your Surface is always up to date providing superior performance and streamlined security.

Every app in the Windows Store is verified for security by Microsoft so you get an experience you can trust. And we’re adding new apps every day. Spotify will come to the store early this summer with new experiences that will light up on Surface including using the Surface Dial***** to run your Spotify playlist.

If you need to use an app that isn’t in the Windows Store, in just a few clicks can go to the Windows Store and switch to Windows 10 Pro. But you shouldn’t. This device, this OS, they’re made for each other, and together they offer so much. It’s everything you love about Windows, Office, and Surface, made pure and elegant in an unbelievably thin and light package.

Availability

Surface Laptop starts at $999 USD and will be available beginning on June 15th.

Customers can pre-order Surface Laptop starting today in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where available at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and BestBuy.com. Surface Laptop will come to China later this year and we will announce availability in other markets in coming months.

*Lightest and longest battery life in its class. Research by Principled Technologies of 13” devices running Intel U processor with DPI greater than 200, April 2017.
**Up to 14.5 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.
***Four colors available in U.S. only on i5-7200U 8GB/256GB model.
****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.
*****Surface Dial and Surface Pen sold separately.

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Microsoft Education: Empowering students and teachers of today to create the world of tomorrow

We believe technology can inspire creativity in today’s classrooms, where the makers of tomorrow reside. This next generation of creators embrace technology as their first language; learn by collaborating and communicating with anyone in the world; and create with touch, command with voice, and conceptualize in 3D.

Preparing each of these creators for the jobs of tomorrow is one of our biggest societal challenges and greatest opportunities. Today, only 3% of college degrees in the US are in computer science and 65% of today’s students will have jobs that do not yet exist.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. As part of that mission, we believe technology can be used as a tool to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow.

Introducing Windows 10 S – a new Windows experience inspired by teachers and students

Our mission with Windows is to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us.

In the classroom, Windows is the leading education platform worldwide, as teachers choose it for rich creativity inspiring applications, like Autodesk SketchBook, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Minecraft, and the rich Office 365 (not the mobile experience), which is coming soon to the Windows Store. Teachers also choose Windows for rich peripheral support, including amazing new STEM lesson plans with Arduino boards, LEGO® Education WeDo® 2.0, tools to enable accessibility, virtual reality headsets, interactive whiteboards, and more.

To understand how we could do more, our teams traveled the world to talk with school administrators, teachers, and students using Windows in the classroom. Teachers were consistent—kids can get distracted easily and don’t always follow direction. They asked for their Windows to be more resilient to hundreds of different youthful kids interacting with each device during the school year, maintaining the same great battery life and fast login time on the first day of school as the last. On the administrator front, I recall how Ricardo Garmendia from the Renton School District described how his department supports 850 classrooms with 11,000 Windows devices—he was overwhelmed with the ongoing setup of new devices, and management of the current devices in the classroom.

Windows 10 S Start screen with education apps pinned to the Start menu

Windows 10 S is inspired by students and teachers, streamlined for simplicity, security and superior performance. I believe it best reflects the soul of Windows.

With Windows 10 S, all the applications which teachers and students download come from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally they each run in a safe “container”, ensuring consistent performance of the system. In the classroom, this ensures fast login times and consistent performance, enabling everyone in the classroom to start learning quickly, and stay focused without distraction.

Windows 10 S can run any browser in the Windows Store. And we have been focused on making Microsoft Edge great for the classroom, ensuring compatibility with the sites educators 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. With Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can easily make notes directly on a web page and share them with a classmate.

For Ricardo, and other school IT admins around the world, we also now have the Set Up School PC app in the Windows Store, enabling set up of entire classrooms of devices with customized experiences using a USB stick, in as little as 30 seconds per device. And with Microsoft Intune for Education – available today – we now have a complete end-to-end solution for teachers and schools to configure and manage all their student’s PCs.

With Windows 10 S, we’ve ensured that a teacher or administrator who understands the risks of downloading any app from the Internet, can do so. At any time, they can go to the Windows Store and switch to Windows 10 Pro. This is a one-way switch, as when a user is running Windows 10 Pro they can install anything—but this is the magic of the open Windows platform, which we plan to always continue to make available alongside Windows 10 S.

Inspired by teachers and students, Windows 10 S is a new Windows experience. I believe at its core, Windows 10 S is the soul of today’s Windows.

Windows 10 PCs for Education starting at $189

Our goal with Windows 10 S is to develop the open vibrant partner-centric ecosystem we have today. Our partners, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba offer a range of new Windows 10 PCs for Education today –  starting at $189. In the coming months, these partners will offer a range of Windows 10 S devices—from powerful and affordable Windows Ink and touch PCs to beautiful premium devices.

I look forward to students all around the planet learning on these partner devices with Windows 10 S.

Microsoft Teams comes to the classroom

New classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level – and make Teams the digital hub for teachers and students. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work, personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents and staff.

New classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level – and make Teams the digital hub for teachers and students.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online already allow students to co-author documents in real time. And new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level – and make Teams the digital hub for teachers and students. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work, personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents, and staff. Teams also enables teachers to bring in rich and engaging content from the web, guest speakers, and solutions from education partners like busuu, Canvas, Flipgrid, and Kahoot!. And most importantly, Teams helps students develop the communication and collaboration skills they’ll need to be successful in the future. To learn more about the new classroom experiences in Teams, visit the Office Blog.

Introducing Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition key art

What continues to amaze me about Minecraft is that a game that strikes such a deep connection with children has become such an important learning tool to teach teamwork, logical thinking, and problem-solving. Minecraft is not just one of the most popular video games in history — it is also revolutionizing education, with schools in more than 100 countries using Minecraft: Education Edition to promote creativity and collaboration in the classroom.

Today, we announced Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, designed to inspire students to learn the basics and the power of coding by combining the open worlds of Minecraft with popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. Players can move around, build and create in Minecraft by writing code. To learn more about Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition visit, the Minecraft Education Blog.

Free offers for teachers and students

To make it easy and affordable to bring Windows 10, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams, and Minecraft to the classroom, we are offering teachers and students:

  • New Windows 10 education PCs starting at $189
  • Free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition for new Windows 10 education PCs
  • Free Windows 10 S for all schools on their current Windows Pro PC
  • Free Microsoft Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams
  • Free trial of Microsoft Intune for Education

Free offers for Teachers and Students To make it easy and affordable to bring Windows 10, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams and Minecraft to the classroom, we are offering teachers and students: • New Windows 10 education PCs starting at $189 • Free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition for new Windows 10 education PCs • Free Windows 10 S for all schools on any current Windows Pro PC • Free Microsoft Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams • Free trial of Microsoft Intune for Education

Windows 10 S, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition, and Microsoft Intune for Education offer a complete solution for teachers and students—with none of the compromises of Chromebooks and G Suite.

Introducing Surface Laptop powered by Windows 10 S – available for pre-order today

When we built Windows 10 S, we saw an opportunity to not only bring streamlined performance, simplicity, and security to students and teachers in a K-12 environment but to scale to meet the needs of college students and beyond. So today, we’re also excited to announce the newest member of our Surface family – Surface Laptop.

Available for pre-order today in 20 countries, Surface Laptop is the perfect balance of portability, performance, and elegance. Powered by Windows 10 S, Surface Laptop has up to 14.5 hours of battery life* to take students through their day and is built to give students the same great performance through four years of college and beyond. We believe ideas will come to life on a 13.5” PixelSense screen with the power of 7th generation Intel core processors. The signature keyboard is covered in Alcantara® material and features a responsive keyset, large trackpad, and soft palm rest for a new level of typing comfort. Surface Laptop is available in four rich, tone-on-tone colors: Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Graphite Gold. To learn more about the new Surface Laptop visit, the Devices Blog.

Surface Laptop starts at $999 USD and will be available beginning on June 15.

Bringing 3D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

Mixed Reality can bring a whole new dimension to teaching and learning in the classroom. If anything makes me wish to be a student again, it’s mixed reality. With 3D and Windows Mixed Reality, we’re empowering educators with a whole new set of tools to create curriculums for their students and peers.

Today, we announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, who is working to integrate 3D and mixed reality into their secondary and university level curriculum. By the school year 2018, Pearson will offer curriculum in health, commerce, history, and STEM, on all Windows Mixed Reality devices. In addition, we announced a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3D content through your screen into the real world as mixed reality, using a simple RGB camera.

Showing a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3D content through your screen into the real world as Mixed Reality, using a simple RGB camera.

A new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3D content through your screen into the real world as mixed reality, using a simple RGB camera.

STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Store

We want all students and teachers to experience education experiences from Microsoft. Beginning this Saturday, May 6, Microsoft Store locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia will host STEM Saturdays throughout May in all full-line locations in addition to the range of free programs year-round that empower students and educators. STEM Saturdays bring pop-up classrooms to Microsoft Store and offer hands-on experiences like building a sensor that measures the flexion and extension of a finger to learn about the anatomy of a human hand.

We believe technology can be used as a tool to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow.

We can’t wait for tomorrow.

Terry

*Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2017 using pre-production Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies with settings, usage, and other factors.

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