Microsoft gave a heads-up to hardware partners it enters their game with Surface

Microsoft gave a heads-up to hardware partners that it will be entering their game before Surface
You might have heard already that Microsoft entered the tablet game itself last night with a reference hardware of its own called Surface. With Apple making its hardware/software combos, Google following with the Nexus line and the purchase of Motorola, and now Microsoft entering the tablet hardware business, now all three Silicon Valley giants are now well-positioned to compete in the next wave in computing with reference devices that showcase their vision best.

Asked after the announcement event whether its poor manufacturing partners knew about Surface, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer said: "Our PC partners knew in advance we were announcing something today in this space,” but added "no comment" when asked how they felt about the news. He also gave some more comments about the ideas that warranted Surface:
source: AllThingsD

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