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  • Meet the $399 Surface Go

    Posted on July 9th, 2018 at 20:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has posted its official description of its latest machine, along with a video.

    The Surface Go lists for $399 with Windows 10 S, 4 GB memory, 64GB eMMC, without a keyboard ($99 to $129 extra) or a pen ($99 more).

    10 inches (thus, Office is free on it), runs a pokey 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, no fan, claimed nine hours of battery. Two-position kick stand.

    Unless something has changed, you’ll be able to upgrade from Win10 S (Store apps only) to Win10 Home for free. The “commercial” version of the Surface Go ships with Win10 Pro, but it costs $50 more.

    At least it has USB-C.

    Expect to see a barrage of facts and speculation in the coming days.

    Of course I don’t recommend it. You had any doubts?

    UPDATE: Tom Warren at The Verge has some excellent observations.

    Microsoft isn’t targeting its Surface Go at any particular customer from what I can tell. It’s not an iPad killer, it’s not going directly after Chromebooks, and it’s not really challenging $400 Windows laptops.

    Good stuff.

  • MS-DEFCON 2: In anticipation of the July 2018 patches, make sure you have Automatic Update turned off

    Posted on July 9th, 2018 at 16:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Watch out for reports that Win7 users are getting coerced into upgrading to Win10 (again). And also be aware that your Alienware machine is now considered fair game in the pushed 1803 upgrade arena.

    I’m moving to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.

    Full article in Computerworld. Woody on Windows