Microsoft Corporation CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled a "reimagined" version of its Windows operating system designed for increasingly mobile consumers that marks a dramatic shift away from PCs to mobile devices on Thursday, October 25,in New York City.
Ballmer, in a suit and unbuttoned collar with no tie, launched the touch-oriented user interface Windows 8 that also includes an app store which users can download software to add extra functionality to their computers.
Accorting to surveys, Windows 8 was the most innovative version of Windows since Windows XP was released in 2001.
Microsoft also unveiled its own tablet computer, the Surface. It has a thin Touch Cover that is more like a real keyboard. The Surface sports a 10.6-inch screen.
Both the Surface RT tablet and operating system Windows 8 will go on sale Friday, October 26.
Here's a quick comparison:
|Description||Microsoft Surface||Apple iPad (3rd Gen)||Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1||Asus Transformer Tab Infinity TF700|
|Weight in pounds||1.5||1.44||1.32||1.32|
|Width in inches (landscape)||10.8||7.3||10.3||10.4|
|Height in inches||6.8||9.5||7.1||7.1|
|Depth in inches||0.37||0.37||0.35||0.33|
|Side bezel width in inches (landscape)||0.81||0.87||0.9||0.8|
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Watch Microsoft Surface Tablet Hands-on courtesy of MobileSyrup.com and YouTube:
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