Microsoft Announces New ‘SURFACE’ Tablet, Powered By Windows 8. IDC, Yo.

Microsoft has announced their own tablet, called Surface. It’s 10.6 inches, is going to run on Windows 8, and will probably not convince any iPad users to jump ship.

The Verge:

After days of speculation and rumors, Microsoft’s major announcement has just been unveiled at a press event in Los Angeles: a Surface tablet. We suspected the company might be working on its own tablet, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed the device on stage at the Milk Studios in Los Angeles today. Discussing Microsoft’s history with Windows, Xbox, and Kinect, Ballmer introduced a video of the company’s hardware products over the years before unveiling Windows 8’s companion, a Microsoft Surface.

Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky took to the stage to describe the hardware of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. There will be two options for Microsoft’s Surface PC, one powered by Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chips for a “full Windows” experience or a Surface powered by an ARM chipset and Windows RT. The Windows RT version is just 9.3mm thin, weighs 1.5lbs, includes a built-in kickstand and is the first PC with a magnesium case. Microsoft’s Intel-based Surface tablet will run Windows 8 Pro, with a thickness of 13.5mm, a weight of 1.9lb, and USB 3.0 support. Microsoft’s Surface tablet has a 10.6-inch display, and Microsoft also unveiled a full keyboard as part of a cover accessory.