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Are Microsoft taking a risk with the Surface tablet?

Software giant Microsoft has hinted that its foray into the tablet market could damage other areas of its business.

The company’s Surface tablet is rumoured for an October release date, with some suggesting that it may have a price tag that could reach as much as £1500 for the top-end version of the device.

Microsoft has submitted an annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission and outlined that:

“our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM [original equipment manufacturers] partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”

Microsoft chief confident about Surface

However, leading players within the company have suggested that the Surface tablet will only enhance Microsoft’s portfolio of products.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, argued that the Surface will “prime the pump” for the launch of the Windows 8 OS.

He went on to say that “the importance of the thousands of partners that we have that design and produce Windows computers will not diminish” as a result of the tablets release.

Microsoft Surface: specs and features

At 9.3mm, the Surface continues the trend of slimline devices. The model also includes a full sized USB port as well as a 10.6-inch, 16:9 widescreen HD Display.

A Micro SD card slot will help to boost storage so that users can house their movie and music collections.

To bridge the gap between laptop and tablet, the Surface comes with a 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad.

The Surface also boasts two cameras, with the rear-facing LifeCam angled to 22 degrees – allowing you to record meetings and events hands-free via the Kickstand.

Dual microphones tuned for Skype and stereo speakers also help to ensure fantastic sound quality on the model.

With the launch of the tablet and PC-ready Windows 8 also set to be launched in October, the Surface could be turning point for Microsoft in the mobile market.

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