We are keeping a close eye on all the news coming out of Microsoft's super-secret announcement this evening, which is set to start at 6:30 EST.
After days of speculation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced what all the tech bloggers anticipated: Microsoft's own tablet. They call it Surface. "It embodies hardware and software working together," he said. And, actually Microsoft has two versions for us, adding the Surface Pro to the line and what it calls "touch covers."
Outsides: It's just 9.3 mm thick, weighs less than 1.5 pounds, which is where the iPad comes in, and has a 10.6 inch ClearType HD display -- about an inch bigger than the iPad. It also has a what Microsoft says is the first vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium cover that is less than 3mm thick, which folds out into a more legitimate computer type deal, with a full mult-itouch keyboard, a trackpad, Metro keys and a kickstand, which has the techies particularly excited. It also comes with a 2X2 antenna, so that Microsoft can claim the best WiFi reception out there for a tablet today. It also has USB 2.0 capabilities MicroHD and MicroSD video.
Insides: Windows 8 RT processor, powered by NVIDIA, as expected, which means it not only works apps, but also heftier programs like Microsoft Office. It will be available in both 32GB and 64GB.