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”.