At the kiosk, Jones demonstrated the Microsoft 8's new “live tile interface,” a beautiful navigation system that helps users swoop through tiles to find the application they want to use.
Cost is $499 for a 32GB tablet only. For a tablet that includes a super-thin black “Touch Cover” keyboard, cost is $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB). Colored “Touch Cover” or black “Type Cover” (for a more traditional typing feel) keyboards cost about $20 to $30 more.
The Surface has a microSDXC card slot to add up to 64 GB of extra storage, an HD video port to connect the device to your TV and a USB port for other connections as well. It offers Flash compatibility for certain websites.
Even though the app store isn't as evolved as Google Android's or Apple's, the Surface tablet is an appealing choice if you want to find a sweet spot between a laptop and a tablet.