This week on Microsoft: Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop have been launched

This was a very busy week from Microsoft: they have finally launched what was previously named Windows 10 Cloud. The market product name is Windows 10 S and it is a new version of Windows 10 that is aimed at the Education market. The company also launched the Surface Laptop, a great-looking device that comes with Windows 10 Cloud installed and can also be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. To see more details as well as other interesting news, read this week’s recap:

Microsoft: the news of the week

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS with a new, and very necessary, education push - Chrome OS in education isn't going to go away, and its features are still going to appeal to educators. But with Windows 10 S, Intune for Education, Office 365 for Education, and the Chromebook-priced Windows machines, Microsoft has offerings to match every element of Google's education platform. Schools may still pick Google's platform, but it now has stiff competition it didn't before.

Surface Laptop hands-on: Oh my god it’s so pretty - Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop, the brand’s first PC that doesn’t shapeshift into a tablet of some sort. It runs on Microsoft’s new power-optimized Windows 10 S, and it’s one the most beautiful laptops you’ve ever seen.

What is Windows 10 S? - Microsoft's May 2 event in New York City was ostensibly focused on education. But the biggest surprise was a major addition to the Windows 10 family. Here's what you'll find on a PC running Windows 10 S, formerly referred to as Windows 10 Cloud.

Surface Laptop owners can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free this year - Microsoft is planning to let Surface Laptop owners upgrade to Windows 10 Pro free of charge until the end of the year. While the laptop ships with Windows 10 S, a new version designed just for Windows Store apps, Microsoft isn't charging Surface Laptop owners the $49 fee to switch to Pro. If you purchase another Windows 10 S device then you'll still need to pay the $49 upgrade free, but Surface Laptop customers will have until the end of the year to switch.

Microsoft helps you see mixed reality with only a webcam - Microsoft is preparing View Mixed Reality, a built-in viewer for Windows 10 that will make it easy to see virtual 3D objects (created in 3D Paint) in the real world.

Students can now learn how to code directly in Minecraft - The latest new feature in Minecraft: Education Edition makes it possible for students to learn how to code while playing the game. Known as Code Builder, it is a tool that shows up in the game as a robot. Users can interact with the game through the robot via learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, Scratch and MakeCode. In essence, they program actions that the robot performs.

Microsoft's Bing bots will let you chat with your search results - Microsoft is planning to allow developers to add bots to the company's Bing search results. The software giant has been testing this feature for at least a month, and previous reports revealed the testing was mainly limited to Seattle.

Microsoft to make big Surface announcement in Shanghai on May 23 - Next week, the company will hold its annual Build 2017 developer conference. Surely the company will relax a bit for the rest of the month, right? Nope. Today, Microsoft shocks the technology community by unveiling yet another event for the month of May. Not only is the timing a surprise, but so too is the location. You see, the company will be making a big Surface announcement in Shanghai! Microsoft says it will "show the world what's next."

Full Office 365 desktop applications are "coming soon" to the Windows Store - Microsoft's Terry Myerson said that Office 365 will be "coming soon" to the Windows Store, which will allow Windows 10 S devices to install the full Office 2016 desktop applications - such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft CEO assures there will be more phones made in Redmond, looking different from everything else - Similar to the way Microsoft revolutionized the tablet market by “thinking of 2-in-1” designs “before” everyone else, the company is exploring how to make another “successful category” by remodeling traditional smartphones.

Focused Inbox Comes to Outlook Desktop at Last - Focused Inbox sorts new email into two categories, each of which Outlook presents to the user in a view. The Focused view shows email considered to be important. The Other view shows everything else. In a perfect world, email that you consider important shows up in Focused and dross like automated notifications about stuff that I don’t really need to know about shows up in Other.