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October 26th, 2012
09:51 PM ET

Microsoft's new tablet surfaces: Will it take a bite out of Apple?

Tech giant Microsoft opens 34 new stores Friday and release their new tablet, the 'Surface.' Will it shake Apple to its core? Which one will you buy - Apple's iPad or Microsoft's Surface?

Microsoft Surface review: The PC of the future needs more apps

When Microsoft first demoed Windows 8 at the Wall Street Journal's D Conference in June 2011, it was instantly obvious that it wasn't a Windows upgrade in the conventional sense. Instead, with its radically new, touch-centric interface, it was an attempt to reimagine the PC for the post-PC era. A wildly ambitious attempt — maybe even a visionary one.

But for all Microsoft's power and influence over the PC industry, it was in no place to reinvent the PC single-handedly. Sure, it could write a new operating system. It could also make suggestions to its hardware-manufacturing partners, But it couldn't, you know, try to build the PC of the future.

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