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Microsoft has unveiled updated versions of its Surface tablet PCs, which are central to its plans to claw back some of the market share the company has lost to iOS and Android tablets in the enterprise.
The Surface Pro 2 is aimed at business users, while the Surface 2 (an update to the device previously known as the Surface RT) is aimed more at the consumer market. Both go on sale on Tuesday 22 October.
Above is the Surface Pro 2 with the clip-on 'Touch Cover' in black.
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Although it was praised for its elegant design, the original Surface Pro was criticised by reviewers for its weight, disappointing battery life and lack of an adjustable kickstand. And while the design and weight of the Surface Pro 2 remains the same, Microsoft has addressed some of the other gripes in this second iteration: the tablet's kickstand (seen above just poking out on the right hand side) can now be set at two angles, for example, with the idea of making it easier to use on your lap or on a desk.
Here you can see the Windows 8.1 start menu on screen.
The 'Touch Cover 2' is a thinner (2.75mm) and lighter update to the original Touch Cover, and includes backlit keys for better readability (or typing in the dark). Microsoft has added more sensors to make typing more accurate and to support gestures — swiping two fingers across the keyboard to highlight text, for example.