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Surface tabletMicrosoft's first tablet computer, introduced at the end of 2012. The Surface originally came in two forms: ARM-based tablets that ran Windows RT and x86-based tablets that ran Windows 8 (see below). All RT tablets were subsequently eliminated (see Windows RT). Starting in 2015, Microsoft introduced additional Surface-branded products (see Surface versions).
Not the First Hardware for Microsoft
Although known for software, Microsoft has also been successful with mice, keyboards and the Xbox game console. However, for more than 30 years, Microsoft depended on third-party PC vendors for Windows hardware until it introduced the Surface line. See also PixelSense.
|An Early Surface Tablet|
|The optional screen cover/keyboard turns the Surface into a lightweight laptop computer. (Image courtesy of Microsoft Corporation.)|
SURFACE COMPUTERS Runs Max All Win SSD/RAM WinCurrent OS CPU (GB) Apps12" Screen Surface Pro 4 10 x86 1024/16 Yes Old Models (10" Screen) Surface RT RT ARM 64/2 No Surface 2 RT ARM 64/2 No Surface 2 (LTE) RT ARM 64/2 No Surface 3 (LTE) 8.1 x86 128/4 Yes Surface Pro 8 x86 256/4 Yes Surface Pro 2 8 x86 512/8 Yes Surface Pro 3 8.1 x86 512/8 Yes