Microsoft Corp, unveiled on Monday the first computer is has ever made, a tablet called Surface that comes with a keyboard and other features designed to stand out in a market dominated by Apple Inc.
This new device was unveiled by Microsoft’s Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Microsoft said the smallest Surface tablet is 9.3 millimeters thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, which is similar to Apple’s iPad, at 9.4 millimeters thick and 1.44 pounds. The Surface has a 10.6-inch screen compared with the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen.
The Surface has a built-in Kickstand and magnetic cover, which also acts as a touch keyboard. But Microsoft did not mention that the device would connect to cellular data networks or would be Wi-Fi only. Mr. Ballmer and other Microsoft executives repeatedly use the words “no compromises” to describe the tablet computers they envision running Windows 8 and Windows RT—which means that users will be able to use work-oriented tools like Microsoft Word and Excel programs, not just be used for watching movies and surfing the Web.
Microsoft also emphasized the use of the Surface with a keyboard, a convertible usage model that the company has helped champion and Apple has publicly discounted.
“The Surface is a PC, the Surface is a tablet and the Surface is something new that we think people will really love,” Mr. Ballmer said in wrapping up the event, which lasted less than one hour.