Microsoft unveiled its first tablet computer, the Surface, as the technology titan steps in with its own hardware to take on Apple`s market-ruling iPads.
Chief executive officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger - complete with ultra thin covers-cum-keyboards in a range of colours - as a tablet that `works and plays` as he presented it at a press event in Los Angeles.
There were spontaneous bursts of applause and whoops from tech journalists and bloggers - gathered in a Hollywood design studio - as key features of the new tablet - including the keyboard-cum-case, and the built-in stand.
Surface is also the name of table and poster-sized touch screen computers that Microsoft has pitched to the business market for use in restaurants, shops, bars and other venues.
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Sabbin Hasan, ICT Editor