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Microsoft's first tablet computer, introduced at the end of 2012. The Surface originally came in two forms: ARM-based tablets that ran Windows RT and x86-based tablets that ran Windows 8 (see below). All RT tablets were subsequently eliminated (see Windows RT).
In 2015, Microsoft introduced a combo tablet/laptop (see Surface Book) and an all-in-one desktop model a year later (see Surface Studio). In 2017, Microsoft's first laptop debuted (see Surface Laptop).
Not the First Hardware for Microsoft
Although known for software, Microsoft has also been successful with mice, keyboards and the Xbox game console. However, for more than 30 years, Microsoft depended on third-party PC vendors for Windows hardware until it introduced the Surface line. See also PixelSense.
An Early Surface Tablet
SURFACE COMPUTERS Runs
Win SSD/RAM Win
Current OS CPU (GB) Apps
Surface Pro 4 10 x86 1024/16 Yes
Old Models (10" Screen)
Surface RT RT ARM 64/2 No
Surface 2 RT ARM 64/2 No
Surface 2 (LTE) RT ARM 64/2 No
Surface 3 (LTE) 8.1 x86 128/4 Yes
Surface Pro 8 x86 256/4 Yes
Surface Pro 2 8 x86 512/8 Yes
Surface Pro 3 8.1 x86 512/8 Yes
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