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CONCLUSION:

The software is far from flawless, but I’m hopeful it will get better over time as apps are developed and software bugs are discovered and fixed.

What’s important is that Microsoft got the hardware right _ creating a light portable computer that has an ample number of fun features and a decent work environment. That combination could make Surface as addicting and as useful for extending the work day as the BlackBerry once was.

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About the Surface:

The Surface costs $499 for a version with 32 gigabytes, though about half of it gets taken up by the operating system and pre-loaded software. A Touch Cover costs an extra $100 when purchased with the tablet (It’s $120 separately). A Type Cover _ with real keys _ goes for $130.

For $699, you get the 64 GB version with a Touch Cover included.

The Surface is available only at Microsoft’s stores and website.