Microsoft new Surface Laptop locks owners to only apps from Windows Store

Thanks to Windows 10 S

Microsoft new Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S

Say hello to the new Microsoft Surface Laptop, the latest notebook computer by the company that brought us Windows operating system.

You probably have heard how much the new Surface Laptop looks like the Macbook Pro, or its Alcantara keyboard and high-resolution touchscreen made using Gorilla Glass. What you probably haven’t heard is its new operating system – Windows 10 S.

App Lockdown

Only available to the new Surface Laptop, Microsoft claims Windows 10 S delivers better security and performance, but at the same time locking users to just verified apps from Windows Store.

What this means is Surface Laptop owners won’t be able to install their favourite software i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Chrome web browser or Firefox, etc. More disturbing, Microsoft has further disabled the change of default Edge browser or the search provider from Bing to Google.

It’s an annoying move to get owners to use apps and services in Microsoft’s ecosystem with the lockdown, be sure to keep that in mind if you are tempted to put your money down for it.


Powered by the latest 7th generation Intel processors, the Surface Laptop prices start from US$999 for Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage model, and up to a pricey US$2,199 that comes with 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM powered by Intel Core i7.

There is, however, no word if the new Surface Laptop will come to Singapore.

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