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Microsoft Seeks to Woo Tablet Customers With New Surfaces

Microsoft Corp. introduced two new versions of its Surface tablet, the software maker’s latest bid to challenge Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. in the hardware market after its first devices fell flat.

The new Surface Pro, powered by an Intel Corp. chip, is 20 percent faster and features an all-day battery with 75 percent more life, Panos Panay, the company’s Surface vice president, said at an event in New York today. The Surface 2 has a high-definition screen and 25 percent better battery life, and runs on an Nvidia Corp. chip based on ARM Holdings Plc technology.