Beneath Microsoft's Surface, a New Tablet and Bold Strategy

The Microsoft tablet Surface touch cover and touch type is unveiled during a news conference at Milk Studios Photograph by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Microsoft has just done what many would have considered unthinkable: It introduced Surface, a new 10.6 inch tablet with two different models designed and built by Microsoft. Aside from the Xbox 360 platform, mice, and keyboards, Microsoft hasn’t had much success with its own hardware products, but the Surface slates look appealing and well thought-out.

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