Microsoft launches Surface tablet

Microsoft launches Surface tablet

Microsoft has launched its Surface tablet, which it hopes to compete with Apple and Google in the increasingly competitive tablet market this Christmas.

The company has unveiled the device, priced £399, at its Windows 8 launch in the US. It will play games, videos and have a pre-installed version of Windows 8 software called RT, as well as a pre-installed version of Office.

Amazon has announced a new free Kindle app tailored for Windows 8 which coincided with the launch of the Surface tablet. It managed to do so ahead of Barnes & Noble’s Windows 8 Nook app, which the company has said is "coming soon." Microsoft has a 17.6% stake in B&N’s digital and college business.

Steven Sinofsky, President of Microsoft’s Windows Division, said that in the Surface tablet “everything Microsoft has done is coming together”.