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Microsoft unveils 'Surface,' a new challenger to the iPad
Microsoft unveils 'Surface,' a new challenger to the iPad

Microsoft wanted a tablet done right, so the company figured it’d give it a try. CEO Steve Ballmer announced the Microsoft “Surface” family of tablet devices Monday in Los Angeles, a move that sends a clear warning shot across the Apple iPad's bow. The device is currently slated to come in two versions, one running Microsoft's tablet-specific Windows RT and a power-user version that will run Windows 8. For comparison to the iPad, the 10.6” ClearType HD display is just shy of an inch larger than the latest generation of the Apple tablet. The thickness of the Windows RT version of the Surface is almost exactly the same as the iPad's, while the heft of...

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