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Microsoft has unveiled a new tablet computer, Surface, that attempts to take advantage of one of the few criticisms of Apple's iPad, particularly among educators—that it is better for consuming content than creating it.

The software maker said June 18 that its device will attach to a removable rubberized keyboard that also acts like a book cover. CEO Steve Ballmer said Surface will be an entertainment and media consumption device "without compromising the productivity that PCs are uniquely known for."


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