I think this is very interesting. Delivery will be in the the fall, after Windows 8 is released. My techie son Joe says Windows 8 was clearly designed for tablet functionality.
Hit the link for some pictures. And you will see a very interesting keyboard design - it's the cover of the tablet, laid out while the tablet sits on it's "kickstand."
The Surface tablet runs a variation of Windows 8, a version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system that is due out in the fall. Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, said the product was part of a longstanding tradition at Microsoft to create hardware, like computer mice, that show off innovations in its software.
“We want to give Windows 8 its own companion hardware innovations,” Mr. Ballmer said.
Microsoft executives, however, were largely mum on how Surface would affect the company’s relationships with PC makers, the hardware companies that are the vehicles for sales of Windows software. With its new tablet, Microsoft will effectively be competing directly with its biggest customers.