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Microsoft unveils "new Microsoft Surface" tablet

Microsoft held a press conference today that captured that attention and imagination of the tech world. As speculated, the mega-corporation announced that they are developing a new tablet PC that will rival competitors like the iPad.

Speculation held that Microsoft would be unveiling a new tablet that would be heavily integrated into the Xbox 360. However, that part of the tale never came to fruition. Kinect was mentioned a couple of times, but only in passing as Microsoft listed off their achievements in the personal technology world.

Tech enthusiasts seemed fairly excited about the device, but Microsoft never tied the announcement to its gaming efforts. While we're absolutely positive the Windows 8-enabled tablet will work just fine with Xbox 360 Smart Glass, Microsoft never mentioned that functionality. They instead spent more time focusing on the personal computing features and form of the device, such as the magnetic cover that doubles as a keyboard.

You can find all of the necessary details about the new device and its features in the numerous documents that Microsoft made available during the show. No price or availability information was announced, however they said they'd be discussing that at a later date (obviously) and to expect the tablet to be competitive with others on the market.

Oh! And it's got a kickstand!

18 comments

  • D0CCON - June 19, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    The name of this instantly makes me think of the Talkradar Solitaire Salesman skit. All you need is a surface! Of course, buying a solitaire game will likely cost you more than most surfaces, but I bet that wont be the case with this one.
  • TheHowetzer - June 19, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    This does SOUND like it has great potential, however we will have to wait to see how it actually pans out. For the anti apple troll guy, have you ever even OWNED anything apple? That is...are you simply speaking out of your ass or do you actually have ANY expierence with the products that you just know in your bones are bad? I grew up on PCs and thought that apple was just a bunch of hype, etc. Then, I started with an Ipod for my kids, now we have 5 or 6 Ipods and the New Ipad in my house. The next computer I buy will most likely be a new mac book, thats how impressive their products are. Also, they all link up with Itunes very easily, its very convienient. While I realize "that's how they get you" because its all only with Itunes, when the products/service is great...it makes it ok. They are awesome products period. When you grow up junior and actually buy the things you have you will find out what the phrase "You get what you pay for" really means. Is there some price inflation in apple products? Sure, but guess what? Thats what a company can do when it commands a premium product that people are willing to pay for. Sorry I dont mean to hijak the topic here, but I just wanted to temper the idiot ramblings with some calm common sence. As I said at the begining, this tablet sounds great if it REALLY delivers desktop functionality in a tablet, but we will have to see.
  • sbisset - June 19, 2012 5:44 a.m.

    Ok you guys are all stupid. Just plain stupid. If this device (which is what people are TALKING ABOUT) has the specs they quote and is on par with an ultrabook then there will be no competition, provided the price is right. The whole idea of Windows8 being a split OS is exactly for this reason, cross platform operation. And the reason for replying, APPLE. Apple, IPOD did not invent mp3, nor have anything to do with its popularity. I owned a 20gb portable mp3/divx player before ipod was even released. Apple just use other peoples work/hardware and make you pay over the odds for it. Just because something "Works" doesnt make it good. All apple products are low-end, overpriced, old components put in a shiny plastic box. I dont care if you have 3 kids and 72 ipads, the device is designed for retards to use so they cant break it. If you want to actually "USE" a pc/laptop then apple is the worst idea imaginable. Also ITunes is effectively a virus. You cannot do anything with apple unless you go through their memory-leaking, bloatware rubbish frontend which needs a 2 hour update every other week so they can sow your lips to the ass of a japanese man and feed him cuttlefish. Buy apple, eat cuttlefish.
  • TheHowetzer - June 19, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Ok, you have several problems with your little "analysis" here sbisset. Lets go through them shall we? Who said they invented mp3? I sure as hell didnt. As far as wether or not they had anything to do with it's popularity? I am not so sure we can say they didnt have anything to do with that...not exactly MP3's of course, but they general idiea of portable mass music. If its designed so "retards to use so they cant break it." Id rather have that then something for GENIUSES who break that mother fucker every month. Trust me Ive been through enough PCs to know how reliable something is. I have never had any issues with Itunes and I have NEVER had an update take 2 hours, what are you on fucking dial up? Maybe you need to take a step back and think maybe you're NOT the genius you THOUGHT you were? Then of course theres the absolute FACT that apple is in much better shape as a company that pretty much ALL PC companies...I dont think that is because they make crappy products man, do you? They obviously make what people want....just becuase its not what YOU want does not mean you are right and everyone else is an idiot...it just makes you an ASSHOLE. In summary: Generalize and Dismiss like Sbisset, be an asshole.
  • sbisset - October 14, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    You know what they say, never check a forum after you've posted... So much butthurt from the Apple fanboys. Are you paid by Apple to mindlessly drum up support? All my statements were not generalisations, in fact they were the opposite. They are from YEARS of experience with PCs, watching the market adapt and the technology grow. Apple do not innovate, they simple regurgitate the same rubbish for the elderly and immature masses that are afraid of actually learning something. Anyone can use a PC, it just helps to not be a complete idiot and they wont break. Same goes for "getting viruses" etc etc, its all about the "Error between the chair and the keyboard"...that means you by the way. Also "in better shape than all pc companies". HAHAHA! What pc companies? There is no such thing, never has been. There is microsoft who initiated the idea of the home computer but they predominantly provide the O/S, then there are component manufacturers who build parts. Finally there are low level companies that put the units together and distribute. The idea of "PC" is an infrastructure built over many many companies and industries coming together to provide a finished product that can vary massively. Apple put those same components in box (albeit last years components) and say you can have the same as everyone else. No variation, no innovation, no progress. Equally you were obviously too busy rubbing one out over your new ipad while doing the initial download and installation of itunes, because it does in fact take well over an hour. If you install it on a fresh install of windows, it instantly increases startup time of the system by over a minute and then seriously degrades operation whilst using the system. Just because the standard updates might take a few minutes, the jump between itune 10 and 12 will take over an hour and ruin any windows system. This is not hyperbole, it is fact. If you run a top end pc you may not notice the difference so much, but if you know what you are looking for you'll see vast degradation. I never claim to be a "Genius". I do however know a great deal more about electronics and the industry than you. No arguments. You provide conjecture to follow up a well rounded statement from me. Yes, mine was crass and vulgar in places, but welcome to the internet. I dont expect a reply, its an old thread. Hell, I only noticed in passing you had blindly mashed your keyboard to make yourself feel better about your own ignorance. The fact is you cannot say anything to support your claims as yours are based solely on opinion alone. I would love to promote or believe in the Apple brand, but until they actually produce something of worth, I cannot, and your argument remains invalid.
  • zombi3grim - June 19, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Couldnt have said it better myself.
  • zombi3grim - June 19, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    This was to Howitzer, not sbisset...what is wrong with the quote trains on this site recently?
  • TheHowetzer - June 19, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    Zombi3grim = Grimm???????????? as for the so called "reply" thingy, you got me man, its jacked up.
  • zombi3grim - June 19, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    Grim? Hmmm....has a nice ring to it, doesnt it?
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - June 19, 2012 3:04 a.m.

    LOL complete ipad ripoff but i respect microsoft as they are a good company and will probably make it betterby including new technology and other bits and bobs.(abit like the xbos and the ps2) sorry apple but im on microsofts side
  • Faithtwelve - June 19, 2012 1:38 a.m.

    What people need to realize is that the "pro" version of this tablet has the very real potential of phasing out laptops and all other tablets. With any other tablet, you would always be running a mobile version of the OS, which means that when compared to your main rig at home, it is severely limited, this tablet runs a FULL version of Windows 8, this is a desktop in tablet form. And as far as laptops go, they will always be more portable than a desktop of course but also always be more "bulky" when compared to tablets. This phases out the need for both (laptop and tablet). Imagine not being restricted by made-for-tablet accessories due to this thing having USB support, or having to be bogged down by an infinitely limited "marketplace" when compared to the entirety of the internet and all of its software for you to download. All in a tablet form, which you'll be able to use as an E-reader for books, magazines, ect. Installing full PC games right on this bad boy and not have to carry around anything bigger than a tablet. I know I may sound like a fanboy, but seriously people, this is a gamechanger.
  • bepster - June 19, 2012 1:28 a.m.

    I think they might be a bit late in the game, for them to gain anything it has to be something new and innovative...something other tablets might not have and something people DO want. And now to respong to the apple mini-conversation going on, i honestly do not like apple. NOT because they create bad products or anything but because i dont believe they are the best there is. They are slightly overpriced for what they are. Now i shall generalise; most people who buy apple products don't buy them for the specs or for how good they work but they buy them because they are apple products therefor making them "the best"...thank you for your, thank you come again
  • joe-hendrix - June 18, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    Rival ipad? That wont take much.
  • garnsr - June 18, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    No surprise, since MS would obviously want to make money on people using Smart Glass. Speaking of which, I still haven't heard anyone mention the fact that Smart Glass is smart ass with a couple extra letters. Just too obvious?
  • Tjwoods18 - June 18, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    Microsoft waited too long to get into the game. Apple has the market share and will for a very long time.
  • HiMyNameIsKris - June 19, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Now if you say Apple has marketshare, you mean for tablets right? Now what you dont realize is that these tablets, well most certainly the Windows 8 Pro verison, are using WINDOWS, and not somekind on "tablet" or "mobile" verison of it, but an actual Windows. last I checked then 80 percent of people are still using Windows. so its pretty much a Windows PC in a tablet form. Another thing, that people might say is, that MacOS and iOS have huge amount of apps, and Windows Marketplace does not. Now think about that. From day 1 launch, how many people would get Windows 8 as preinstalled on their laptop or desktop PCs? The number tops over the Apple's iOS or Mac usage pretty much with one day. And this FORES the developers the develop their apps for Windows just because the installed base is enormous. I do know its a little over-exaggerated, but this is how I THINK how it's gonna go :)
  • NullG7 - June 18, 2012 5:42 p.m.

    Cool a tablet that has programs I'm actually familiar with.
  • Z-man427 - June 18, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    Eh

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