Microsoft launches Surface tablet with keyboard cover

Microsoft launches Surface tablet with keyboard cover

Summary: Microsoft has introduced a tablet line called Surface, aimed to go out alongside its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the Surface tablet.

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Microsoft has introduced a tablet line called Surface, aimed to go out alongside its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Steve Ballmer unveils the Surface tablet

CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the Surface tablet. Credit: CNET News

At an event in Los Angeles on Monday, chief executive Steve Ballmer demonstrated two versions of Surface: one running Windows 8 Pro and the other Windows RT. Each tablet comes with a stand and magnetically attachable covers to allow the tablet to be used like a laptop.

The Type Cover has a keyboard and trackpad. The Touch Cover is a thinner keyboard-cover that comes in a range of colours and has an accelerometer to let the system know when it is folded back, to deactivate the keyboard.

Microsoft Surface tablet Touch Cover

The Touch Cover for the Surface tablet folds back but can be used as a keyboard. Credit: CNET News

Both versions have a 10.6-inch display. The Windows RT version is 9.3mm thick and weighs 673g, while the Windows 8 Pro Surface 13.5mm thick and weighs 903g. Only the Windows RT Surface comes with any productivity software, as it has Office Home and Student pre-loaded.

Read more on this story in http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/mobile-computers/2012/06/19/microsoft-unveils-its-surface-tablet-range-with-a-twist-40155412/, check out our first take of the Surface or see our photos of Microsoft's tablet.

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  • The Microsoft Surface...its a pity Sinofsky&Co. look as shifty as three market hawkers (in pic above) attempting to sell you a counterfeit iPad. Or maybe thats just the way they feel right now.
    SoapyTablet
  • I've had one of these for two years now........It's called a Samsung NB30Touch with an Ipaq Stylus. It even has W8. I think this is a winner. I only hope the keyboard folds back flat.
    Grandad-fe332