Office and Windows developers Microsoft has announced a new line of Tablet computers designed to take on Apple’s iPad which it will make and sell in-house.
Although Microsoft does sell a range of keyboards and mice as well as it’s XBox games console, the company traditionally relies on companies such as HP and Dell to make Windows computers.
Named Surface, the new devices will come in two models which will each feature processors – one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft says the devices will feature a built-in kickstand, a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio and a Touch Cover which doubles as a keyboard.
The RT models will available with 32GB and 64GB of storage, the Windows 8 Pro will be available with 64GB and 128GB.
Prices and availability will be announced later this year, however Microsoft says it they will be “competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.”