Author's Note

As soon as I saw the user interface for Windows 8 I began to anticipate a Microsoft tablet device. It was obvious that Windows 8 would enable the company to move into the market. I thought it was possible that Microsoft would step back and let other companies produce the hardware. But the company had tried that with earlier versions of Windows and those tablets didn't entice consumers. Part of that may have been because earlier versions of Windows weren't ideal candidates for a touch-screen device. But while Microsoft's announcement in June 2012 was out of the blue, it still wasn't a surprise.

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