Photos: Can Microsoft's new tablet take on the iPad? Data Doc says maybe


by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 11:04 AM

PHOENIX -- Techies the Web over have been abuzz about Microsoft's new tablet. It's called the Surface, and while it's not out yet, there's already talk that it could be the first tablet to give Apple's iPad a real run for its money.

Ken Colburn from Data Doctors ran down the featured Microsoft says will be part of the Surface, and several of them are things iPad and other tablet users would like, including a built-in kickstand and a magnetic cover that doubles as a keyboard.

"They know that it's going to be tough to 'out Apple' Apple," he said. "There' not really going directly at iPad users."

The majority of iPad users have Windows on their work and home computers, to Microsoft is looking to create a seamless experience "so that your phone, your tablet, your computers at work, your computers at home all have the same kind of look and feel," Colburn explained. "It's a very ambitious thing they're going after."

Microsoft says there will be two models of the Surface, one of which will run Windows 8, but there's no word yet on exactly when the tablets will be released. Colburn said we could see the first generation in August of September.

There's also no word on how much the Surface will cost, although Microsoft says it will be "competitive."

Colburn will take the Surface for a test drive as soon as it's available.

"Believe me, I'll be playing with it and telling you if it's going to get me to get rid of [my iPad]," he said.

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