Microsoft has unveiled a Surface tablet computer as the technology titan steps in with its own hardware to take on Apple's market-ruling iPads.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger as a tablet that "works and plays" when he showed it off at a press event in Los Angeles.
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Surface is also the name of table and poster-sized touch screen computers that Microsoft has pitched to the business market for use in restaurants, shops, bars and other venues.
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