Just last week, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 OS will be launching on October 26. In a business report released today, Microsoft stated that the company’s first branded tablet will also be out at that time.
“The next version of our operating system, Widows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices,” the report said.
The annual report was filed this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
This is the first active attempt by Microsoft to challenge Apple’s iPad. Microsoft has traditionally stayed away from the hardware business and focused on the Windows operating system.
The sleek-looking Surface has 10.6 inch display and is 9.33 millimeters thick. The tablet uses Microsoft’s ClearType HD display technology.
The ARM-based Surface will run on Windows RT and pack a microSD card reader, USB 2.0 port, MicroHD out, and a choice of either 32 GB or 64 GB. There will also be a Surface PRO available, which will run on a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. It will have a microSDXC reader, USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, pen input technology, and up to 128 GB of memo1ry. It will come packaged with the Windows 8 Pro operating system.
The company originally announced the device and showed it off at a Los Angeles press conference in June. It immediately sent shockwaves through the tech industry. The iPad-like device was showed off with an innovative keyboard that can also act as a cover, making it extremely portable.
Microsoft has yet to officially announce the release date. Pricing for the tablet has yet to be announced. Microsoft has previously stated that it would be priced in line with comparable slates. The Surface PRO will be priced in line with ultrabooks currently on the market.