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When the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets arrive on Oct. 22, Microsoft is hoping consumers see the new devices the way the company intended: Not as add-ons, but as a full-on PC replacement (Surface Pro 2) and the go-to tablet for business (Surface 2).

With its new Surface Pro 2, Microsoft aims to replace the PC in business.

With its new Surface Pro 2, Microsoft aims to replace the PC in business.

Microsoft has reported that devices are selling out quickly due to pre-orders — an indication that the company may be onto something. The new Surface tablets include a handful of improvements, including lighter weight and longer battery life. Most of the improvements are geared toward making the devices suitable for business use.

For more on the devices, read the Microsoft Surface Team’s Sept. 30 blog post, “Surface Pro 2 is a Laptop Replacement and Surface 2 Is a Tablet for Business.”

And if you thought the tablet began with the iPad, take a moment to read PC World’s Oct. 4 article. Writer Mark Hachman addresses Microsoft’s aims with its new Surface devices and offers a look at how the tablet — and “modular computing” — has evolved since IBM’s first stab at it in 2002 with the MetaPad.

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