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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3

Published 20/05/2014 | 23:07

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Panos Panay, Corperate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft Corp, unveils the latest models of the Surface tablet in New York May 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)
Panos Panay, Corperate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft Corp, unveils the latest models of the Surface tablet in New York May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)
Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, attends the unveil event of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New York May 20, 2014. Microsoft Corp on Tuesday unveiled a larger but lighter version of its Surface Pro tablet as it ramps up efforts to make an impact on the mobile computing market and counter the popularity of Apple Inc's iPad and MacBook Air laptop.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, attends the unveil event of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New York May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
An attendee wearing Google glass uses the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, during the event in New York May 20, 2014. Microsoft Corp on Tuesday unveiled a larger but lighter version of its Surface Pro tablet as it ramps up efforts to make an impact on the mobile computing market and counter the popularity of Apple Inc's iPad and MacBook Air laptop. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
An attendee wearing Google glass uses the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, during the event in New York May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Microsoft has announced plans to produce a larger version of its Surface tablet to make the device more compelling as a laptop replacement.

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The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in previous models. Microsoft said it will also be thinner and faster than before.

Microsoft announced the details during an event in New York.

The Surface is an important part of CEO Satya Nadella's mobile-focused strategy. Microsoft is trying to boost sales of Windows tablets and phones to stay relevant with consumers as computing habits change.

The first Surface came out in late 2012 to lacklustre sales. The Surface 2's debut last October came with a greater marketing emphasis on tasks people normally tackle on laptops, such as creating documents and editing movies.

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