Microsoft tackles iPad with Surface tablet

Jun 20, 2012, 12:34 IST | Agencies

Microsoft Corp introduced its own line of tablet computers on Monday at a much-hyped press event in Los Angeles, marking a major strategic shift for the software giant as it struggles to compete with Apple Inc and re-invent its aging Windows franchise.

The new tablet line, named Surface, includes a consumer device aimed directly at the Apple iPad, and another, larger machine designed to compete with lightweight laptops. 

New Surfaces: The new laptop-esque Surface tablet computer is unveiled by Microsoft, bringing a revolutionary jump to the future of Windows. (Inset)  CEO Steve Ballmer shows off the latest offering. Pics/AFP

Both include a keyboard that doubles as a cover, and both will be powered by versions of the new Windows 8 operating system. The Surface comes with a 10.6” screen, a clever magnetic cover which doubles as a keyboard, and a kickstand to hold it upright on a table. 

They will be available when Windows 8 ships later this year. No details on pricing were mentioned either. 

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