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Microsoft Unveils ‘Surface’ Tablet Computer

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Microsoft's Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduces Microsoft's new tablet SURFACE during the press conference in Milky Studios on June 18, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

Microsoft’s Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduces Microsoft’s new tablet SURFACE during the press conference in Milky Studios on June 18, 2012 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft has unveiled Surface, a tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad.

CEO Steve Ballmer was on hand to announce the tablet, calling it part of a “whole new family of devices” the company is developing.

The 9.3 millimeter thick tablet comes with a kickstand to hold it upright and keyboard that is part of the device’s cover. It weighs under 1.5 pounds.

Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows division, called the device a “tablet that’s a great PC —a PC that’s a great tablet.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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