Microsoft introduced two versions of a new Surface tablet on Monday night, in a big shift toward rival Apple's model of building both the software and hardware for its computers. The smaller Surface is similar in size to Apple's iPad, while the larger version will be comparable to the thin Ultrabook laptops made by Microsoft hardware partners HP and Samsung, among others. Both Surfaces will run versions of Windows 8 and come with a kickstand and detachable keyboard that doubles as a cover. The smaller version will go on sale with Windows 8 in the fall, and the larger version will hit shelves three months later.
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