Microsoft today announced a new tablet called "Microsoft Surface," a device with a 10.6-inch screen that runs on the company's new Windows 8 operating system.It features a magnesium case and built-in stand, said the company. A keyboard and touch pad are built into its cover, and cameras are built into the front and back.It will come in two versions, the company said, each weighing less than two pounds."It's a whole new family of computing devices from Microsoft," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, from the stage of a Los Angeles auditorium packed with reporters. "It is a tool to surface your passions and creativity."Some critical specifications were not mentioned -- including price, screen resolution, battery life or the specific release date.
Microsoft has failed in the cell phone market. This is a chance for them to diversify and move forward. If this fails, they may consider sticking to what they know best. They are surely desperate to branch out after seeing the inevitable end of office software domination and compatibility issues. Coders who want to be successful now strive to reach multiple platforms, and their stranglehold on the masses has loosened.
The keyboard design is intriguing, and something that people have been clamoring for. An elegant solution would give them a real edge. Price and other important factors would be nice to know. As they release specs and other details, I'll update.