Microsoft have surprised us all with a last minute press event to reveal their new Surface Windows 8 Tablet Computer. Our first impressions are that of being impressed.

“Measuring just 9.3mm thick, the Surface for Windows RT is built around an angled, all-magnesium VaporMg case that weighs just under 1.3 pounds, with an NVIDIA-made ARM chip powering the whole affair. Microsoft’s hardware partner has also gone all-out on extra touches, such as a built-in stand, twin 2×2 MIMO antennas for WiFi, and a 10.6-inch optically-bonded, Gorilla Glass 2-covered HD display.”

The most obvious difference between this and its surely to be compared iPad, is the display cover which folds out to act as a keyboard and track pad.