Microsoft takes on the iPad with its own tablet computer

On Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced the Surface, a tablet computer it believes will compete with Apple Inc.'s dominant iPad.

There are two models of the Surface, one with an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and another with an Intel processor featuring Windows 8 Pro.

Two important things Microsoft didn't specify: How long the Surface's battery lasts on a single charge and the prices the tablets will carry when they hit stores this fall.

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