Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop yesterday, and one thing that probably slipped under the radar is that the new devices will ship with Windows 10 Home. This is a surprising move considering that the 2017 Surface Pro shipped with Windows 10 Pro, while the Surface Laptop shipped with Windows 10 in S Mode but with a free upgrade to Pro.
But as ZDNet pointed out today, only the consumer versions of the new Surface devices will ship with Windows 10 Home. Enterprise users will be able to purchase business versions of the two devices with Windows 10 Pro, but they’ll be more expensive. Surface Pro 6 for Business will start at $999 ($899 for the consumer version), while Surface Laptop 2 for business will start at $1,199 ($999 for the consumer version). The price difference can be explained by the more expensive Windows 10 Pro SKU, but also because business versions will also include Microsoft’s Advanced Exchange warranty at no additional cost.
Both versions of the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are already available to pre-order on the Microsoft Store, and will start shipping on October 16 in select markets. Let us know in the comments if you’re disappointed by the choice of Windows 10 Home for the consumer versions.