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Microsoft announce Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processors

Microsoft has today announced Surface Laptop 4, with a refreshed range of CPUs and, for the first time, a choice of Intel or AMD processors across the 13.5 and 15-inch models. Intel Surface Laptop 4s ship with Intel’s latest 11th gen processors while their AMD cousins contain Ryzen 4000 series chips which isn’t the latest CPU from AMD.

Whilst it’s a little disappointing we don’t have the latest AMD CPU in Surface Laptop 4, the benefit is quite a big price difference – the starting price for the AMD model is $999, whilst for the Intel version it’s $1,299.

Microsoft claims a 70% performance boost over Surface Laptop 3 and battery-life improvements. Both Intel versions will ship with their latest graphic processors – Iris Xe. Like Surface Laptop 3, the 15-inch model is all aluminium whilst its smaller counterpart has an Alcantra keyboard surface in the same choice of colours plus a new ‘ice blue’ colour. A metal matte black is also available in the 13.5 model.

Microsoft Mechanics on YouTube

Shipping begins on the 15th of June in the US and all models are available to pre-order now in the US and the UK. If you pre-order on Microsoft’s site (or BestBuy in the US) then you’ll receive a free pair of Surface Earbuds with your laptop.

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Windows 10X demo video

Windows Central has added a great run-through video of Windows 10X, Microsoft’s all-new version of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen small screen, low-cost devices:

Source: Windows Central via YouTube

Windows 10X was originally slated for dual-screen devices but Microsoft pivoted in 2020 and we’ll now see it first in devices designed to compete with Chromebook.

What do you think of Windows 10X? Let us know in the comments.

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Microsoft announce Surface Pro 7 Plus

Microsoft announced on Monday 11th January a ‘new’ Surface Pro. The new Surface Pro 7 Plus includes Intel’s latest 11th gen processor and in an overhaul of the device’s internals, an improved battery, removable SSD and LTE connectivity.

Source: The Verge

The internals of the new Surface Pro 7 Plus have been reworked to improve the thermal design model (TDM). Unfortunately, there’s no 5G connectivity here, you’ll need to make do with 4G and it’s only available to enterprise and education so don’t expect this to pop up on Amazon anytime soon.

The Surface Pro 7 Plus is available for pre-order now, starting at $899 (£699 or AU$1170) or $1149 for the LTE version.

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Office 365 apps Universal Support for M1 Macs now available

As part of Apple’s move away from Intel CPUs to their own processors based on ARM, the M1 CPU is the first Apple Silicon and available now in Mac mini, MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro.

Apple Silicon hardware is still able to run software designed to run on Intel silicon thanks to Rosetta 2 which translates the app on its first run.

Microsoft have announced today that the core Microsoft 365 apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) now work natively on Apple Silicon.

The apps are actually Universal so the same installer will identify the processor family and install the correct version accordingly.

You may have noticed the Teams app, Microsoft’s darling at the moment, missing from the list of Universal apps. They’ve confirmed that work on making Teams a Universal app will be announced shortly.

Do you use Microsoft 365 on a Mac? Are you using a new Apple Silicon device or will this tempt you to move over to a Mac running on Apple Silicon?

Let us know in the comments.