Microsoft to unveil Surface tablets on 23 September?

Microsoft is likely to unveil Surface tablets on 23 September. AFP reported that Microsoft sent out invitations to a September 23 event at which it is expected to unveil new Surface tablets to challenge iPads and Android devices dominating the market.

Microsoft, which is buying Nokia phone business for $7.2 billion, is yet to establish its presence in tablet market.

Email invitations to the Surface NYC event revealed little more than time and place details displayed over a graphic image of a Surface tablet and matching keyboard.

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft last month knocked $100 off the price of high-end versions of its Surface tablet, which is competing against Apple’s iPad and devices that use Google’s Android system.

The software giant’s online store is offering US consumers the Surface Pro for $799 or $899, depending on memory capacity, down from $899 and $999 respectively.

The Surface RT is a basic version of the tablet, which got a 30 percent price cut earlier in the year after failing to gain traction in the market.

The Surface RT price dropped to $349 from $499. The promotion came on the heels of shabby tablet sales that resulted in Microsoft taking a $900 million charge against fourth quarter earnings, which closed at the end of June.

Surface was introduced to showcase Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system, which was launched at the same time in a bid to make up for ground lost to Apple and Google in the mobile domain.

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