FORTUNE — It’s easy to forget that Bill Gates announced the specs for Microsoft’s MSFT first tablet computer in 2001, nearly a decade before Apple AAPL came out with the iPad. In Hollywood Tuesday, Steve Ballmer took the stage to unveil the successor to the Microsoft Tablet PC: The Surface, the first computer that Microsoft will actually build for itself. Prices and ship dates to be announced.

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