Microsoft is making a laptop, which is weird, because Microsoft doesn’t normally make laptops. The Surface Book, introduced during an event on Tuesday in New York City, is the company’s first laptop. Sure, Microsoft makes the Surface tablet. And sure, it’s got a keyboard thing (the “Type Cover”) that you can buy and attach, which turns it into kind of a laptop. But not really. The Surface Book is an actual laptop. The battery lasts for 12 hours. It has a real trackpad (with multitouch!) and a keyboard with keys that you depress to type letters. It’s powerful enough to run some games, edit movies, and crunch numbers. And it’s a direct shot at Microsoft’s long-time competition in Cupertino: Apple. Apple has three main pieces of metal and silicon to sell you: phones, tablets, and computers. If we’re being serious, Apple’s really in the phone business — the vast majority of its revenue comes from sales of the iPhone. Here’s the company’s latest earnings sheet (try to contain your excitement): But the top three? That’s Apple’s phone, Apple’s tablet, and Apple’s computers. Microsoft is taking aim at number three with the Surface Book. Specifically, Microsoft is going after the MacBook… Read full this story
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