Microsoft announces new 'Surface' tablet PC ( + slideshow)

The software giant has jumped into the tablet fray with a device it says will make the most of its Windows 8 OS.

Microsoft's Surface

Microsoft's Surface

As many had speculated, Microsoft has announced a new tablet PC at an event today in Los Angeles.

The new device, called Surface, will run Microsoft's is designed to exploit the mobile capabilities in the new Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft is releasing two versions of the device, one running Windows RT (for consumers) and one running Windows 8 Pro (form business use).

Windows RT Version Specs

  • 676 grams
  • 9.3 millimeters thick
  • 10.6" ClearType HD Display
  • 31.5 hours of battery life
  • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable for 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro Specs

  • 903 grams
  • 13.5 millimeters thick
  • 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display
  • 42 hours of battery life
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable for 64 GB, 128 GB

Microsoft has just released photos of the Surface and a promotional video.

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