Joynt: Microsoft displays the Surface tablet

Jordan Joynt

Microsoft has revealed their newest entry into the tablet market with the announcement of the Surface. The Surface will serve as a possible competitor to Apple’s iPad and Android-powered tablets.

It will have two different software options, Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro. While the price of the tablet is still unknown, individual specifications are available on Microsoft’s website.

Both tablets use USB ports for charging purposes and also have a MicroSD slot for additional storage. The 10.6 inch, 16:9 widescreen HD Display produces clear images and video with wide-angle viewing.

The Surface also has front and rear-facing cameras for Skype and meetings. In addition to video capabilities, the device also combines two microphones and speakers to enable audio and recording with Skype.

The tablet uses a Type Cover, which serves as a cover for the Surface as well as a pressure-sensitive keyboard.

The Type Cover attaches onto the tablet with magnets and will sense key pressure along with a touchpad for the cursor. It will come in a variety of colors and functions like a normal QWERTY keyboard.

The kickstand and casing use a material called VaporMg and the stand operates like a hinge, holding it in an upright position.

Windows 8 adds a new design and additional features including an app bar and trending news stories. The improved apps include Bing Travel, Sports and News, the apps will provide up-to-date information on a variety of topics and events.

For web browsing, Internet Explorer will be the primary browser, arriving with updates for Windows 8 mobile, including a new tab bar and a share button for social networks.

The Windows Store showcases a growing collection of many other third-party apps for productivity and entertainment as well.

The launch of Microsoft’s Surface and an updated operating system will add an alternative platform in an ever-expanding tablet market.