Microsoft tablet to be launched
The innovative device features an optional slimline tactile keyboard built into the tablet’s case, as opposed to a standard touch keyboard.
There are two versions of the Microsoft Surface – one powered by anIntelIvyBridgechipset for a “full windows experience” and a thinner, lighter but less powerful Windows RT version.
The Windows RT tablet is 9.3mm thin, weighs 680g and has a 10.6inch (27cm) display and built-in stand, while the more powerful version has the same display,
The all encompassing Surface tablet is 13.5mm thick, weighs 860g and supports the high-speed USB 3 interface and will run the latest Windows 8 Pro operating system.
Both versions have front and rear-facing cameras.
Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows division, called the device a “tablet that’s a great PC – a PC that’s a great tablet”.
At the moment the cost of the new device has not been released.
“Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen made a big bet – a bet on software – but it was always clear that we had to push hardware in ways that sometimes manufacturers hadn’t envisioned,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at Monday’s launch event.
“We believe that any intersection between human and machine can be made better when all aspects, hardware and software, are working together.”
It’s anticipated that sales of tablet devices will triple in the next two years, topping 180 million a year in 2013, easily outpacing growth in the traditional PC market. Apple has sold 67 million iPads since the device’s launch.
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