On Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the Surface tablet, the company’s first significant answer to Apple’s iPad. The device, which will be available for purchase in the fall, is part of a “whole new family of devices” according to the Washington Post.
Unlike the iPad, the Surface comes with a kickstand and a cover that doubles as a keyboard. It will run the Windows 8 operating system, which debuts this fall. It weighs about a pound and a half, is 9.3 millimeters thick, and the price will be comparable to the iPad. There’s no word yet on the battery time expected.
There will also be a “pro” version available. Slightly thicker and heavier, it will run Windows 8 Pro and come with a stylus so that users can add handwritten notes to their files.