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Asustek Knew of Microsoft Surface Tablet Prior to Announcement

Asustek Computer Inc. said it was aware of Microsoft Corp.’s plans to develop its own tablet computer prior to the U.S. software maker announcing the product yesterday.

“Our management did learn about that in a later stage” of the product’s development, Nick Wu, a spokesman for the Taipei-based company, said in a phone interview today. “It’s an investment by Microsoft to grow and build the ecosystem for Windows RT and we have no special opinion on that. We will continue to deliver our products.”