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Microsoft unveils iPad challenger

10:30 AEST Tue Jun 19 2012
Microsoft's new Surface tablet.
Microsoft's new Surface tablet. See the photos here.

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.

PHOTOS: Microsoft's new Surface tablet

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.

More to come.

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