Computer giant Microsoft is to launch a tablet device competing head-on with Apple’s iPad, for the fast-growing tablet market. The Surface, which offers a slightly larger screen than the iPad, will “be priced like comparable tablets”.
The new device was unveiled by Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer at an event for journalists last night (18th June), though some seemed disappointed by the lack of specific details, including a launch date or price.
The move could, however, provide a fillip for Barnes & Noble, which went into partnership with Microsoft earlier this year. The tablet will operate Windows 8, on which B&N is providing the e-reading platform and store-front.
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