Microsoft's much-anticipated announcement today turned out to be a new pair of tablets, carrying the Surface brand that it has previously used on large-format touch devices. As you'd imagine, it will run Windows 8, and the release date is tied to the launch of the updated OS.
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Luke over at Gizmodo is across all the launch announcement details, including the fact there'll be an Intel-based model running Windows 8 Pro -- a surprise given the emphasis on ARM for Windows tablets to date. The Surface tablet will also include a kickstand so you can stand it up for viewing.
Competition in the tablet space is always welcome, but it seems we'll be waiting a while to see if this can dent the iPad and (to a lesser extent) Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablet market. The first ARM-based tablet is expected when Windows 8 launches (which is widely expected to be October), while the Pro model will follow around three months later.
Microsoft Announces Surface Tablet [Gizmodo]