The Metro UI
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicks off the press event in front of a screen displaying Microsoft's Metro UI.
Say hello to Surface
Ballmer holds Microsoft's newest piece of hardware, the 10.6-inch Surface tablet. Two versions will be released: one will run the Windows RT OS and the other will use Windows 8 Pro.
Thin is in
Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, holds the Surface tablet, which measures 1.5 pounds and is 9.3 millimeters thick.
Full-size USB port
In this side-view illustration, the Surface sports a USB 2.0 port.
The Surface will be encased in a cover called the VaporMg Case, which is made out of magnesium.
Kick back with a kickstand
Here, Sinofsky shows how the Surface will come with its very own built-in kickstand.
Typing on the go
The physical keyboard add-on, called Touch Cover, has a touch pad, comes in a variety of colors, and measures 3mm thick.
All together now
The Surface with its kickstand and Touch Cover fully assembled together.
Type Cover too
In addition to Touch Cover, Microsoft will release the more traditional-feeling Type Cover.
But how much will it cost?
Though Microsoft didn't release details of the release date or pricing, Microsoft's press release said its price will be "competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC."
Standing pretty with Surface
Microsoft execs are all smiles as they bring the Surface event to a close.