MashTalk: Microsoft is out-designing Apple left and right

It feels so strange to say this, but Microsoft is killing it with its Surface hardware.

Along with Windows 10 S, Microsoft announced its very first clamshell diary, the Surface Laptop and what a laptop it is. From its gorgeou machined aluminum mas, to its soft Alcantara fabric-covered keyboard, to its spectacular touchscreen, to its 14.5 hour battery life, the Surface Laptop seems to have it all.

Subbing in for Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal is yours truly, Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong. And attaching me on this week’s MashTalk podcast is Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and Assistant Programming Editor Louise Matsakis.

Aimed at the educational sell, Windows 10 S is an remarkable hypothesi ( 2:39 ). It’s Windows 10 through and through with one big caveat: It merely leads apps from the Windows Store. That’s right you can’t feed third-party apps unless upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft articulates this makes Windows 10 S machines more secure and improves act. Is this really a smart suggestion? And is the Surface Laptop actually better than Apple’s MacBooks? Lance divulges it down.

Next, Business Reporter Kerry Flynn participates to chat Apple earnings ( 15:35 ). No surprise, iPhone sales were down. Same for iPad. Macs sales were up. And Apple Watch sales have doubled since last year during the same period between January and March, according to CEO Tim Cook.

More interesting than slumping iPhone and iPad sales is Apple’s brand-new $ 1 billion store to promote boosted manufacturing employment opportunities in the U.S. Does this represent “Made in USA” iPhones in the future?

Lastly, we talk BlackBerry specifically, the company’s brand-new Android-powered KEYone ( 26:16 ). There’s a lot to like and dislike about the phone and its QWERTY keyboard. But what does a self-proclaimed onetime BlackBerry die hard curdled iPhone user should be considered the KEYone? Mashable Publishing Coordinator Shishira Sreenivas stops by to share her concludes. Is the phone compelling enough to compile her switch back? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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