Microsoft is stepping into the crowded tablet market, announcing that they will be releasing a tablet called Surface. It’s an interesting move, as the software giant struggles to stay competitive with Apple. Similar to Apple’s iPad, the device will feature a 10.6” screen, and will be available in 32GB and 64GB memory size.
Unlike the iPad, it will come with an attachable, ultrathin keyboard which will host a trackpad or mouse. This additional feature will allow an easy touch to type capability, which could make it a more viable device for the office.
The tablet is aimed to target not only iPad fans, but also compete with the growing market of Ultrabooks.
Microsoft hopes to re-invent its aging Windows franchise with the new tab and it could be somewhat successful given that many people still prefer Windows (the tab will run on Windows 8). However, just like RIM’s Blackberry Playbook, it faces an uphill battle trying to compete with Apple’s massive App store and the firmly established iPad, not to mention the market share that the Amazon Fire is gobbling up.
The tablet is scheduled to be released early December, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.