On June 18, Microsoft unveiled a new tablet computer – Microsoft Surface. It is the first PC tablet that runs a yet-to-be released version of its Windows operating system called Windows 8. The device is the first commercial PC that Microsoft has directly designed and sold.
CEO Steve Ballmer said Surface will be an entertainment device “without compromising the productivity that PCs are uniquely known for.”
The tablet features many of the now-standard tablet specs, including a 10.6 inch high-definition touchscreen and front and rear facing cameras, which all fit into a 9.3 millimeter, 1.5-pound frame.
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What is new in Microsoft Surface Tablet
Don’t think Microsoft Surface is same as other tablets. Actually it has lot of unique features too. For example, the Surface tablet runs on Windows 8 and so you should be able to use any of your existing software on the tablet.
The included USB port will help you connect devices – like the external hard drives, USB microphones, digital cameras, or USB modems – without requiring “special” accessories. The device’s cover flips down to become a full keyboard. It features a rigid case built from magnesium, a pen that clicks into the tablet and a built-in kickstand.
Also the Surface Tablet ships with a pen and features “palm block” meaning when the pen tip is touching the screen, it would ignore the touch of the palm and the fingers. Surface could turn out to be a great writing device albeit less heavy.
So when can we purchase it ? Microsoft says that Surface would be made available around the same time as Windows 8 so the release date is likely to be October or November this year. It is expected that this tablet will initially be sold only in the Microsoft Stores in U.S.