Microsoft Unveils New “Surface” Tablet

Mystery unwrapped, new competition for iPad

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After a lot of rumors, and a lot of secrecy, Microsoft has managed - for Microsoft - quite a feat. It's managed to impress a lot of people with a new piece of hardware. 

Reporters are saying "Zune, who?" now that they've had a chance to check out the new Windows-based tablet called "Surface."  You remember Surface, right?  Cool technology built into tables that you could touch and move things around on?  Well, now it's shrunk down into a tablet.

Surface checks in at a very thin 9 millimeters, weighing one and a half pounds, with a generous 10.6 inch display.  It's further proof that we are entering headlong into a tablet computing generation - not just for Apple fans, but Windows devotees as well.

I haven't had a chance to get any hands-on time yet, but noticed a cool feature .. a magnetic cover for Surface that doubles as a full keyboard.  Nice.

Microosft says it will have Surfaces with 32 GB and 64GB of storage.  At this point, we're being told that Surface will be available as Windows 8 launches - What they're calling the "Pro" version will come three months later.  Hmmm.  That's a bit of lag time.  Also, no word yet on pricing. 

So .. cool new product. Will you hold off on that iPad purchase to wait for it?

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