Microsoft unveiled two new tablets, called Surface, in Los Angeles on Monday. They are more than iPad competitors; they are flagships for the beleaguered software company’s Windows 8 operating system, and proof that Microsoft wants to delight consumers as much as it does corporate drones.
One device is more of a traditional tablet, running on the same processor architecture found in most other tablets and cellphones today. The other is more of a small laptop or MacBook Air competitor. Both have detachable keyboards that act as screen covers (you can choose a traditional keypress or a thinner cover with touch-sensitive keys that is sure to be irksome).