A New Surface laptop by Microsoft

Microsoft has introduced a new Surface laptop to compete with the Macbook Air.

These new laptops will go on sale on 15 June with a starting price of $999 (£770). These laptops have a 34cm (13.5 inch) screen and 14 hours of battery life, as per the company.

Microsoft also revealed a new edition of its Windows 10 operating system aimed at schools and designed to run on low-cost computers.

Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay said in a statement that the new laptop weighed 1.25kg (2.76lb) – lighter than the Macbook Air.

He further added that it would run the new Windows 10S operating system and, despite the price, had been designed with students who were about to leave school in mind.

Windows 10S promises stronger virus protection and better battery life, and will be available on third party PCs with a starting price of $189.

Microsoft and Apple have long dominated the school computing market, but they have struggled with the recent rise of Chromebooks – low-cost PCs running Google’s Chrome operating system (OS).

As per the reports, 58% of devices sold to US schools in 2016 were Chromebooks, while 22% ran Windows operating systems and 19% ran Apple ones.

As per a statement made by Microsoft, the devices using Windows 10S would only run apps provided through the Windows Store, which would help maintain their security and speed. Also, as per the statement by the company, the OS would be easier for teachers to set up and manage.