1. slbailey1's Avatar
    If Microsoft put Visual Studio and SQL Server Developer in the Microsoft Store, will the Surface Laptop be a good developer laptop?

    If I upgrade it to Windows 10 PRO, will it be a good deliver laptop?

    I am thinking about the i7/8gb/512gb ssd version.
    05-16-2017 10:07 PM
  2. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    I think any mid level specced laptop is good enough for coding and developing programs. So a high end laptop would work quite well. Coding isn't a graphics card intensive activity, is it?
    kaktus1389 likes this.
    05-18-2017 05:36 AM
  3. Josiah23's Avatar
    @Chintan Gohel

    Nope, Visual Studio and many other IDEs only need a somewhat decent graphics card, sometimes/most of the time, the built in graphics on AMD and Intel's processor is good enough... unless your using Visual Studio in game development or something graphics intensive, and only then is a decent Graphics Card needed. The Surface Laptop should be just fine with what you need to do with those specs.

    @slbailey1
    Like what @Chintan Gohel said, any mid specced laptop will work just fine and if you get the Surface Laptop with i7/8GB/512GB then you're definitely good
    Chintan Gohel and kaktus1389 like this.
    05-18-2017 06:31 AM
  4. Photonsym's Avatar
    As long as you can hook it up to a bigger screen for the extra screen real estate, I don't see why you could'nt
    Chintan Gohel likes this.
    05-18-2017 07:09 AM
  5. Kram Devil's Avatar
    It'd probably be good for now, but not if you're eventually going to be developing for mixed reality/VR/AR. The recommended system requirements for mixed reality app developers is:

    Intel Desktop Core i7 (6+ Core) OR AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8 Core, 16 threads)
    NVIDIA GTX 980/1060, AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB) equivalent or greater DX12 and WDDM 2.2 capable GPU
    16*GB of RAM or greater

    My advice would be to get the gear that you'll eventually need for the near future, and not the minimum specs required for right now.

    https://blogs.windows.com/buildingap...sRbTa5kuuPr.97
    05-18-2017 11:52 AM
  6. kaktus1389's Avatar
    Like others, I think that i5 version should be sufficient if you're not going to do any graphics card intensive development.
    05-18-2017 01:07 PM
  7. SpaciousZebra's Avatar
    I think it would be a decent one with your specs. The base model definitely won't pack enough punch for that, though. I'm sure HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. will come out with options that have more power and cost less. Not sure if you'll touch the level of style these Surface Laptops have, though!
    05-18-2017 08:31 PM
  8. wick3dGr1n's Avatar
    If development involves virtualization, you will struggle with the base model (even the 8 GB model).
    05-19-2017 11:06 AM
  9. Chris Knopff's Avatar
    The Pro version would be a better option as the Windows 10 S setup will have restrictions to the CMD/Shell/Bash availability. I doubt there would be an issue if it's programmed for the Windows Sandbox environment though, but that may be dependent on the app you're looking to develop for
    05-19-2017 11:21 AM
  10. Ezhik's Avatar
    Windows 10 S is not a developer platform, period. Gotta have 10 Pro.

    As for development, unless you work on *huge* - like, millions of lines of code huge - or work with graphics, development isn't actually that resource intensive.
    xandros9 likes this.
    05-19-2017 03:33 PM
  11. Dreki8lier's Avatar
    I agree if you dock it to a bigger screen it should be great! The specs are more than enough for developer work.
    05-20-2017 08:00 AM
  12. Drael646464's Avatar
    Windows 10 S is not a developer platform, period. Gotta have 10 Pro.

    As for development, unless you work on *huge* - like, millions of lines of code huge - or work with graphics, development isn't actually that resource intensive.
    Potentially you could execute on a server. There's a few apps for that that MAY work with windows s.

    But you'd be sacrificing a lot, to get that quick on, boot, long battery life. You'd have to be one of those quasi prodigies that can code mostly in their head, writing enough code to pour steam from the keyboard to get any benefit out of it.
    05-20-2017 08:23 AM
  13. Dreki8lier's Avatar
    I agree if you dock it to a bigger screen it should be great! The specs are more than enough for developer work.
    05-20-2017 02:43 PM

Similar Threads

  1. For me the best thing about the Surface Laptop...
    By Althie in forum Surface Laptop
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-31-2017, 04:31 PM
  2. Does surface laptop focused for student or creator?
    By lanakaryatna in forum Surface Laptop
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-18-2017, 09:11 AM
  3. Who should buy Microsoft Surface Laptop?
    By mohjaba in forum Surface Laptop
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-17-2017, 08:19 AM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-17-2017, 06:43 AM
  5. Surface Laptop 4
    By hyadler in forum Surface Laptop
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-16-2017, 04:20 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD