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
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.”