Microsoft did indeed announce a new tablet yesterday: Surface. They purloined the name from the tabletop computer they developed almost a decade ago.
It will ship in two versions: a business-class Intel model and a consumer-oriented ARM model. 32G-128G memory, USB port, but no Retina-type display. They did not discuss pricing. The big deal with this product announcement is that MS is treading on the turf previously reserved for its hardware partners.
Early buzz in the press is that it is not nice enough to unseat iPad from its throne. The comparison to the right comes from the WSJ. While they don’t mention this, a big unique feature for the surface will be Flash support.
The video is pretty cool too.