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Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet

Microsoft's Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduces Microsoft's new tablet SURFACE during press conference Milky Studios  June 18 2012 Hollywood

Microsoft's Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduces Microsoft's new tablet SURFACE during the press conference in Milky Studios on June 18, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages

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Updated: June 18, 2012 6:50PM



Microsoft has unveiled Surface, a Windows 8-based tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad.

CEO Steve Ballmer was on hand to announce the tablet, calling it part of a “whole new family of devices” the company is developing.

The 9.3 millimeter thick tablet comes with a kickstand to hold it upright and keyboard that is part of the device’s cover. It weighs under 1.5 pounds.

Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows division, called the device a “tablet that’s a great PC —a PC that’s a great tablet.”



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