In a move to take Apple's iPad and its reign in the mobile market, Microsoft unveiled its own tablet Monday evening at a Microsoft press event in Los Angeles.
The Microsoft Surface tablet will run on Microsoft's new operating system Windows 8.
"Windows is heart and soul of Microsoft," CEO Steve Ballmer said at the event. "Much like Windows 1.0 needed the mouse, we wanted to give Windows 8 its own companion hardware innovation-a whole new family of computing devices."
The software maker, which has traditionally shyed away from manufacturing hardware, may have timed the release of its tablet to help boost demand for its new touch-friendly operating system Windows 8, which is slated to launch this Fall.