Steve Ballmer took main stage today at the highly anticipated event beginning his speech saying, "Windows is the heart and soul of Microsoft, Windows has exceeded our most optimistic predictions. It's in homes, schools, and governments around the world. With Windows 8 we've reimagined Windows to power a new generation of PCs. Windows is the heart and soul of Microsoft. It's proven to be the most flexible, general purpose software ever created. We designed Windows 8 for the world we know. People want access to information, and the ability to create content anywhere and anytime."
He continued, "Today we want to add another piece to the Windows 8 story. We wanted to give Windows 8 its own hardware innovation. It's something new, something different, it's a whole new family of computing devices from MS."
What is it, its the new Microsoft Surface. A Windows 8 tablet, deigned and built specifically for Microsoft and for Windows 8.
Surface will feature two designs, one for Windows RT and one for Windows 8 Pro. The RT version will feature a 9.3mm thin body weighing 675 grams. The Windows 8 Pro tablet will be slightly larger at 13.55mm and 903g. Both tablets feature magnesium VaporMg cases with a permanent scratch and wear resistant surface and an optically bonded 10.6-inch ClearType HD Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0 displays.
The Windows RT Surface will feature an ARM processor, microSD and USB 2.0 slots, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae and will come in either 32 GB or 64 GB capacities. The Windows 8 Pro will feature an Intel core i5 processor, microSDXC and USB 3.0 slots, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage.
Surface comes with an integrated kickstand and a 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad. Your Touch Cover connects to your Surface with a single magnetic click, no docks, nothing to be broken. Touch Cover comes in five colors, Pink, Black, Greyish white, Red and Blue
Fore more details visit Microsoft.com/Surface or view the full Microsoft press release
Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows