Microsoft’s Hardware Development Won’t Stop with Surface

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft is set to unveil its highly anticipated Surface tablet along with the company’s new Windows 8 operating system on Friday. The company, however, isn’t limiting its hardware operation to just that.

In a BBC report from Thursday, company CEO Steve Ballmer signaled the company’s development of new hardware would continue. “Is it fair to say we’re going to do more hardware? Obviously we are… Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we’ll dive in,” the Microsoft executive stated.

Microsoft has traditionally been a software-only company, minus computer accessories including mice, keyboards and more. The company’s direct entrance into a tablet market marks a notable change at the company.

The first release of Surface will operate on Windows RT, features 32 and 64GB plans and a Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for a minimum price of $499. The device notably multitasks as a laptop as users are able to easily attach a magnetic keyboard (also serving as a cover) in addition to propping the device up with a kickstand.

The BBC’s report, meanwhile, speculated that a Surface-based phone could be in the mix. Microsoft has notably lacked in a mobile industry dominated by the likes of Apple and Google, yet the company’s hoping the release of Windows Phone 8 OS could change that.