Surface Laptop and New Surface Pro Are Available Today

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 7 Comments

Surface Laptop and New Surface Pro Are Available Today

Microsoft announced that customers can now purchase its new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro PCs. And Surface Studio is now available in new markets as well.

“Today, Surface is celebrating the largest launch in its history with Surface Laptop and the new Surface Pro now available in 25 markets around the world, as well as expanded global availability for Surface Studio,” Microsoft corporate vice president Panos Panay writes. “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.”

Surface Laptop is a controversial device: It runs Windows 10 S, the stripped-down version of Windows 10 that cannot install or use traditional desktop applications. It features an Alcantara keyboard decking that will be difficult or impossible to clean over time. And like all Surface devices, it eschews modern connectivity options like USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

But the Surface Laptop is also incredibly desirable, with a gorgeous 13.5-inch 3:2 PixelSense display and four available colors (in some configurations): Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold.

I’ve argued that Surface Laptop is, in many ways, Microsoft’s most important Surface release ever: It proves my contention that Windows 10 S is not just about Chrome OS or the education market and is, in fact, also targeted at professionals who want (most of) the benefits of Windows 10 without (most of) the downsides.

A couple of new tidbits about the Surface Laptop:

  • Microsoft says it will make all four Surface Laptop colors available in 17 new markets “over the coming months”: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, HK, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.
  • The first Office 2016 apps are available in preview form today in the Windows Store.
  • During the Office 2016 preview period (through October 15), Surface Laptop comes with an offer for a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. Yes, you can use this to extend an existing Office 365 Home subscription by 9 months.

The new Surface Pro, meanwhile, is a somewhat known quantity, as it is the fifth iteration of Microsoft’s volume Surface device, a 2-in-1 tablet form factor that can be used—is, in fact, most often used—as a laptop of sorts, thanks to an optional Type Cover. But as you’ll see in my detailed first impressions article later today, the new Surface Pro delights in the details, and it offers the most elegant and refined Surface Pro experience yet.

More on that soon, but remember that Surface Pro with LTE is coming “later this year.”

Finally, Microsoft also revealed that it is now shipping Surface Studio, its amazing all-in-one (AIO) PC in several additional markets: 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,” Mr. Panay says. “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.” That offer lasts through July 31, 2017.

 

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7 responses to “Surface Laptop and New Surface Pro Are Available Today”

  1. KevinCust

    The new Pro keyboard (pictures) on the Microsoft EN-AU site doesn't have an INS key. Neither does the main promo video they played at the launch event. Yet the pictures on the EN-US site does have the INS key.

    Anyone have any ideas if the key layouts are going to be different per region? I use that key quite often. The old pro 3 keyboard didn't have INS or PrtScn either which was a real pain for me at the time.

    • boots

      In reply to KevinCust:

      There is no INS key on the US site. Maybe they have updated the site since you last looked.

      They will most likely have different key layouts per region, but Australia has always had the US layout in the past, I don't see why they would start making a different one now.

      • KevinCust

        In reply to boots:

        Have since seen that the INS is a FN modifier on the DEL. So it is there, just an extra key press for those that want/need it. I don't know why the pictures were different on different sites but all of the reviews I've read so far have the DEL/INS as one key now.

  2. Simard57

    “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.”


    is there a list of devices? can I trade in my SP3?

    • CaedenV

      In reply to Simard57:

      I have ties to a nonprofit computer recycler/refurbisher, and I always wondered what would happen if I wheeled in a pallet of old PCs to trade for a new one... and then suggest a place where they could donate those old computers for recycling.

  3. glenn8878

    Yahoo. And the new Xbox in 5 months.

  4. JacobTheDev

    > During the Office 2016 preview period (through October 15), Surface Laptop comes with an offer for a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. Yes, you can use this to extend an existing Office 365 Home subscription by 9 months.

    How do I redeem this? I'm already a O365 Home subscriber, and there was no code in the box or anything. I see the in the "Get Office" app that was preinstalled that "This PC includes 1 year of Office 365 Personal. Install from the Windows Store (currently in preview)," which I've done, but my account didn't get extended or anything...

    EDIT: Nevermind, I'm dumb :) I just had to install from the Store and then run one of the applications, it prompted me from there.

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