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Video: Microsoft unveils its answer to Apple's iPad

June 19, 2012: 6:53 AM ET

Yes, it runs Windows. Two versions. And it comes with a stand and a keyboard.

FORTUNE -- It's easy to forget that Bill Gates announced the specs for Microsoft's (MSFT) first tablet computer in 2001, nearly a decade before Apple (AAPL) came out with the iPad. In Hollywood Tuesday, Steve Ballmer took the stage to unveil the successor to the Microsoft Tablet PC: The Surface, the first computer that Microsoft will actually build for itself. Prices and ship dates to be announced.

YouTube video courtesy of The Verge.

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