Ready For Liftoff: What You Missed At Microsoft's Windows 8 Launch Event

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The Surface Tablet Gets Its Own Moment In The Spotlight

While the first hour of the event was devoted to Windows 8 and Windows RT, the second hour focused on the Surface for Windows RT tablet -- Microsoft's first branded computer.

Sinofsky and Panos Panay (right), general manager for Microsoft Surface, demonstrated the tablet's capabilities and, in an effort to prove its durability, dropped it on the floor several times and then showed off a Surface tablet with skateboard wheels attached that Sinofsky stood on.

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