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Microsoft takes on Apple with first-ever laptop

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Microsoft’s back in the spotlight

Microsoft's Surface devices have been on the scene awhile, but the tech giant is making waves with its new laptop-tablet hybrid.

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book at a New York City event on Tuesday, showing the world a $1,499 device that can be used as either a laptop or tablet. Wired magazine called the device the "ultimate hybrid PC" and "the most compelling device the company has ever made."

It's also Microsoft's first-ever laptop.

It's more expensive than Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display, and it's also slightly lighter. The Surface Book weighs 3.34 pounds with the keyboard attached, according to Microsoft. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display costs $1,299 and weighs 3.48 pounds, according to Apple.

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During its event, Microsoft claimed the Surface Book was twice as fast as the MacBook Pro.

The Microsoft Office 365 logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago.
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The Surface Book adjusts three different ways. It could be used as a laptop with a full sized back-lit keyboard. Without the keyboard, the Surface Book functions as a tablet. And with a malleable keyboard, users can also turn it into a clipboard.

Microsoft is taking pre-orders and will ship products out Oct. 26.