Microsoft plans midnight launch of Surface tablet
MICROSOFT has planned a midnight launch of its new Surface tablet on October 25, as the company seeks to build momentum ahead of its foray into the tablet market.
Microsoft's new dual operating system, Windows 8, will also be launched at midnight.
Both products will then be available at a series of pop-up stores in the US, which will be opened specifically for the launch on the morning of October 26.
It is not clear where the device will be sold in the UK.
Surface will use the new Windows 8 operating system, which the company hopes will help challenge products made by Apple and Google, and allow users to replace their iPads and Windows 7 laptops with Windows 8 tablets.
The latest version of Windows will be the system's biggest revolution in nearly 20 years. The dual operating system will consist of a mode that looks similar to Windows 7, and a tablet operating system which sits alongside it.
The tablet interface, known as 'Metro' is already available on Windows phone, making the success of the new tablet version particularly important for the company.
The price of Surface has yet to be confirmed, but earlier in the year Microsoft claimed the tablets would cost a "competitive" amount.
The tablet will come in two different sizes, and both will feature 10.6" HD displays and a stand so they can be stood upright to watch videos or films.
However, details such as battery life and how much RAM there will be, are not yet known.