In a short notice announcement, Microsoft let loose of a secret they’ve hidden very well. They are releasing a Microsoft branded Windows 8 powered tablet with the Surface name. The cover has a built in keyboard, and a built in kickstand. Powered by either an ARM processor or a x86 processor, it allows WindowsRT or Windows 8 Professional to be installed, respectively.
It appears to be very fast and responsive, and comes in a variety of colors. The one downside, which I believe will hinder a lot of sales for the tablet is that is it only available in Microsoft Stores and Microsoft’s online store. I’m very interested, but according to Microsoft pricing is to be announced closer to availability and is to be competitive with similar products from other vendors. Cost is the #1 factor in this one for me.