Release date: October 26
The Surface marks Microsoft’s attempt to break into the tablet market with its own product. This has sparked concern by OEMs selling Windows 8 tablets that would also, obviously, have to compete against Microsoft’s offering. What’s more significant is that the Surface uses an ARM processor; thus, its version of Windows (called Windows RT) had to be rewritten specifically for it. That means this tablet cannot run Windows applications originally written for an x86 processor. So essentially Microsoft introduced a brand-new OS platform this year through the Surface.