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Microsoft launches new tablet to rival Apple's iconic MacBook Air

May 21, 2014

BILL RIGBY



MICROSOFT unveiled a larger but lighter version of its Surface Pro tablet yesterday, hoping that the company's expertise in business software will help it take on Apple in mobile devices.


At a presentation in New York, new chief executive Satya Nadella made it clear that Microsoft, which recently acquired Nokia's handset business, is committed fully to making its own devices, despite a lack of success for its phones and tablets so far. "We are not building hardware for hardware's sake. We want to build experiences that bring together all the capabilities of our company."


The Surface Pro 3 tablet, which comes in three models starting from $799 and costing up to $1,949, features a 12-inch screen, much larger than Apple iPad's 9.7 inches. It also comes with access to Microsoft's Office software suite, employed in businesses around the world. Microsoft executives made frequent comparisons with the MacBook Air, making it clear that Apple's lightest laptop, which starts at $899, was the device to beat.


Reuters


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Source: City A.M. (UK)


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