Microsoft unveils iPad-like Windows 8 Surface tablet

Redmond will produce its own ARM and Intel versions, which will include a cover with a touch keyboard

After teasing the press through the weekend over an invitation-only announcement at a secret location in Los Angeles, Microsoft today revealed a line of tablets that will ship this fall and run Windows 8. An ARM-based model will run Windows RT, the Metro-only version of Windows 8, and an Intel-based model will run the full version of Windows 8, including the Windows 7 portion.

The two tablets look very much like an Apple iPad and are of a similar size and weight. In a break from its history with PCs, Microsoft will design and manufacture the tablets itself, competing with Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Samsung, and other manufacturers also expected to unveil Windows 8 tablets this fall. Ship date and pricing were not disclosed.

The Surface tablets will include a cover similar to Apple's Smart Case, except the cover will include a touch keyboard when folded out.

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