Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows-based personal computing devices designed and manufactured by Microsoft under its hardware division, a part of the Windows and Devices group. It comprises of tablet computers, 2-in-1 detachable, and an interactive whiteboard called the Surface Hub. The first generation devices under the Surface name were introduced on June 18, 2012, while the most recent models currently available are the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, which were released on October 26, 2015.
The Surface family consists of three major lines of PCs: the Surface tablets, designed for budget-oriented consumers and educational users, the Surface Pro tablets, designed for professional users, and the Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid. Surface Hub, an interactive whiteboard, is an offshoot of the Surface tablet. The tablets are notable for their sliding out kickstand, which supports the tablet while it stands at an angle, and optional detachable magnetic keyboards which also double as a protective screen cover.
With the release of the first generation Surface, Microsoft showcased two covers: a Touch Cover and a Type Cover. These covers attach to the Surface device using a magnetic strip that positions itself against a magnetic strip at the bottom of the Surface called an “accessory spine”. When closed, the cover functions to protect the Surface’s screen and when opened, the cover features a keyboard, a multi-touch touchpad, and a gyroscope and accelerometer sensor to know when the cover has been flipped around which will in turn disable the keys. The original touch cover came with 80 touch sensors and was pressure sensitive.
The Surface tablets feature an active pen that allows users to write directly onto the screen of the tablet.