Microsoft is to take on Apple in a war of the tablet computers with the launch of its own ‘iPad killer’ – the Surface.
It is a dramatic move for the US technology company, which historically has focused on producing software rather than hardware.
But after some success with the Xbox series of entertainment consoles, it now hopes to challenge Apple and Android in the lucrative touchscreen tablet market.
- Microsoft tablet will use same Windows 8 operating system as PCs
- Comes with built-in stand and keyboard to replicate experience of laptop
- Company refuses to reveal price of tablet or confirm exact release date
Surface comes with a number of features which make it more similar to a laptop than a tablet – most notably, a built-in keyboard which could help the device appeal more to business customers.
And the fact that Microsoft is using the same Windows 8 operating system for the Surface as for laptop and desktop computers could mean that customers will find it easier to switch between different devices.
CEO Steve Ballmer was on hand at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the tablet, calling it part of a ‘whole new family of devices’ the company is developing.
The 9.3mm-thick tablet, which uses the RT version of Windows, comes with a kickstand to hold it upright and keyboard that is part of the device’s cover. It weighs under 1.5 pounds.
In a possible nod to the device’s chief rival, it will apparently be 0.1mm thinner than the latest iPad. Continue reading