Friday Microsoft officially launched their new Surface tablet computer lineup and their new operating system Windows 8.
It is the start of a new era as Microsoft rolls out a single system of both hardware and software. Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system attempts to straddle both the personal computer market as well as the expanding tablet market.
The Windows 8 Surface tablet computers come in two different models, the Surface RT which works like a tablet and Surface Pro which is more like a traditional notebook.
Also rolling out this week, Microsoft expanded their retail presence in a shopping mall near you with the addition of 34 holiday season pop-up stores in addition to the permanent retail stores that have been popping up over the last few years.