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Microsoft Surface tablet announcement meta-liveblog

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Microsoft Surface tablet announcement meta-liveblog

OK, people, there's a good and a bad news. The good news is Microsoft will be making some kind of a major announcement today in Los Angeles, and the bad news is that we don't know what it'll be about yet. Still, we'll find out soon enough, as the event will begin in about an hour from now. As you probably know, it's widely believed that the announcement will have to do with Windows RT - the tablet-optimized version of Windows 8, plus we might event get to see some new hardware. Meanwhile, there were also talks about Microsoft introducing a Windows-based reader device by Barnes & Noble, but the latter issued a statement that it won't take part in this event. So while you're waiting for the event to kick-off, why don't you refresh your memory by taking a look at our rumor round-up regarding Microsoft's big announcement?!


Unfortunately, we won't be able to attend this event, so we'll simply do a meta-liveblog, aggregating the info delivered by attending media. Stay sharp, as the event starts at: 3:30 PM Pacific | 5:30 PM Central | 6:30 PM Eastern | 12:30 AM Central European Time.


Live event tracker

19:01This is Ray, signing off in 3, 2, 1...
19:01OK, people, that's a wrap. Thanks for being with us for this announcement. Stay tuned for more coverage on Microsoft's new Surface tablet!
19:00Apparently the company isn't ready to reveal release dates yet. Let's add another sad face... :(
18:59Ballmer is now back on stage. Here's for hoping he'll mention something about availability.
18:58Sorry guys, no specific prices yet. :(
18:57The Intel Inside variant will come with bigger internal storage, and both variants will be priced "competitively"...
18:56The ARM-powered Windows RT version of Microsoft Surface will come in 32GB and 64GB flavors.
18:55Availability and pricing info coming in seconds!
18:52"I love my wife, but Touch Cover is very important to me." Ha, we love this guy.
18:51
18:48Is it just us, or this seems to be the first tablet to rival the iPad in terms of build quality?
18:47The casing's tech is called Vapor MG.
18:46
18:45Yeah, it does look like the kickstand will be part of the body.
18:44
18:43Now they are rolling a video about the troubles Redmond went through while working on the new Surface.
18:41The designer of the products - Panos Panay - is now on stage to talk about these announcements.
18:40There will also be another accessory - Type Cover - designed for those who want tactile input.
18:39The new Surface has a display port.
18:37The device will sport two digitizers for more accurate input - one for the pen, and another for touch.
18:37
18:36The Surface will also support pen input and digital ink, sampled at 600 dpi.
18:35
18:35
18:34The Intel surface will be a bit thicker - just short of 14 mm, but will also have a higher-resolution display.
18:33The Intel-powered version will run Windows 8 Pro, while the ARM one will have Windows RT.
18:32The device will also have a rear camera. Surface will come in both Intel and ARM flavors.
18:31
18:30
18:30Geez, the Microsoft-designed cover for the Surface includes a multitouch keyboard!
18:29Actually we're not 100% sure if it's part of the tablet's casing.
18:28Wow, the Microsoft Surface tablet also has a kickstand built-in!
18:27
18:26The screen measures 10.6 inches.
18:26"It has access to all Windows apps for music, movies and more." This doesn't make it clear enough, though.
18:25The casing looks terrific!
18:25But it still has a full-size USB 2 port.
18:24
18:24"It's a tablet that works and plays the way you want to. A tablet that's a great PC. A PC that's a great tablet. Surface." It's 9.3mm thin.
18:23Steven Sinofsky from Microsoft is now on stage to talk more about it.
18:23
18:23This is the new Microsoft Surface!
18:22
18:22"What is it? It's something new. Something different. A whole new family of computing devices from Microsoft."
18:22According to Steve, in the same way Windows 1 needed a mouse, they now want to give Windows 8 some hardware to call its own.
18:20
18:19Of course, the Xbox gets mentioned too, being Microsoft's most successful hardware product to date.
18:18"We believe that any intersection between human and machine can be made better when hardware and software are considered together."
18:18They are rolling a video starring Microsoft's hardware through the years - mice, keyboards, Surface, webcams, Kinekt...
18:16Today Microsoft will be adding a new piece to its success story. Hardware...


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posted on 18 Jun 2012, 16:46 1

1. mahoganyheart (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Very excited!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:48 1

10. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 203; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


probably not nearly as excited as Sniggly is. He's probably up in the rafters of the conference biding his time, waiting for the time to strike.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:27 1

19. remixfa (Posts: 14133; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. im disappointed.. there was no mention of the sniggle-strike in the metablog! thats the first thing i went looking for lol

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 20:58

22. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 203; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


I'm worried... did they catch him? are they holding him in a bunker somewhere?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:43

24. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


What are the hardware and specs.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 16:49 5

2. Nick_T (Posts: 153; Member since: 27 May 2011)


We so excited, and it ain't even Friday!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 16:50 4

3. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


WP WP WP WP WP WP!!!

i'm excited!

i really hope they are bringing great things into their brand...

i would love to use a phone/tablet that just says "windows" or "microsoft" on it...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 16:57 2

4. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


i am excited :D

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:08 2

5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I can't wait to see what Microsoft has to offer. Windows 8 tablets should be really awesome!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:13

6. kavi_nash (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Am not, but still follow the event :P

Guyz who are sure that the Redmond giant is going to announce a tablet, should check out this iPad neo gif image! -http://icosmogeek.com/microsof...ablet-in-a-few-hours-comic/

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:31 2

7. -box- (Posts: 3875; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Very interested to see what's coming. There is no way this will be more disappointing than apple's recent conference. Less boring, too.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:36

8. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


come on microsoft it is 17:35

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:43

9. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


i need to learn what microsoft will announce because if do not they announce something attractive i will buy an asus transformer prime

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:49

11. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


buy new samsung galaxy tab quad core and killer graphic card

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:53

12. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


it doesnt exist

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:05

13. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


the corners r 2 sharp

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:08 1

14. jove39 (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Show me a nice win8 tablet :) Thats all I am asking for

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:24

15. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


18:01 looks like an ipad. sue sue sue sue sue

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:32

16. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


oh god when will it ship

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:16

17. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Add i jizzed in my pants

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:17 2

18. demarmj (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 May 2012)


"Is it just us, or this seems to be the first tablet to rival the iPad in terms of build quality?" - Typical Ray S comment. Have you not seen the Transformer Prime?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:27 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 14133; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i dont remember the galaxy tab being a slouch in quality either.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:28 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 14133; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow.. fantastic start. The cover/keyboard has me very intrigued. Now show me what it looks like while running pro and compatible programs! :)

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:20

23. mercorp (Posts: 984; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


OEMs GOT TROLLED.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 22:23

25. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 910; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I have been saying this all along that MS tablet has the potential to rule with Windows 8 products. Integrating tablet, desk top, and phone seamlessly to office and exchange server will enhance business, and draw in would be consumers looking for a complete tablet OS. Personally I have been running Windows 8 on my desktop for 3 months, and loving it.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 23:15

26. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


i love the touch cover functionality and the kickstand...talk about innovation...

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