Microsoft is betting on its newest laptops to turn the tide again.
to take on the Mac Book Air, going with a traditional clamshell design and ditching the hybrid tablet-laptop format that built the Surface's name.
The Surface Laptop will sell for 9 in the US, matching Apple's price range.
It comes with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, and Microsoft is promising 14 hours of battery life.
The bizarre discussions came as Facebook challenged its chatbots to try and negotiate with each other over a trade, attempting to swap hats, balls and books, each of which were given a certain value.
But they quickly broke down as the robots appeared to chant at each other in a language that they each understood but which appears mostly incomprehensible to humans.
The 13-inch laptop weighs less than a 13-inch Mac Book Pro at 2.76 pounds (1.25 kg) and comes with a touchscreen display and Surface Pen support.
The laptop comes in four colors: silver, gold, burgundy and gray.
Indeed, some of the negotiations that were carried out in this bizarre language even ended up successfully concluding their negotiations, while conducting them entirely in the bizarre language.
A humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics reacts as the controller commands it via a mobile phone to make a facial expression during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong April 18, 2015 Facebook abandoned an experiment after two artificially intelligent programs appeared to be chatting to each other in a strange language only they understood.
The two chatbots came to create their own changes to English that made it easier for them to work – but which remained mysterious to the humans that supposedly look after them.
Microsoft wants its laptops and software once again to have a prime place in the classroom, where it once held a stronghold until Google's cheap, efficient Chromebooks came along.
At its EDU event on Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new Surface laptop, along with some partner PCs, meant to help it win back schools across the country.