They say hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, it’s now obvious that Microsoft had dropped a number of hints that the company would eventually offer its own tablet, which should have made their Surface announcement last summer much less of a surprise.
It was way back in 2008 that Microsoft began showing off its similarly named Surface tabletop, hinting at the immense resources Microsoft was pouring into touch interfaces. And it was at CES 2011 that Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would support system on a chip (SoC) architectures from ARM. Then NVIDIA announced that Microsoft’s demo at CES, which showed Excel and IE10 running on an ARM-based chip, was performed using a Tegra SoC. All of that foundation culminated in the release of the product we’ll be showing you here, Microsoft’s Surface Tablet with Windows RT...
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