Microsoft unveils its Surface as tablet ownership nears one-third of U.S. Internet users

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Jun 19 2012 - 11:30am

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SurfaceResearch from the Online Publishers Association shows 75 million U.S. Internet users -- 31% -- now own a tablet device. That's up from 12% last year, and is expected to hit 47% (117 million in the U.S.) in 2013.

This news comes as Microsoft yesterday unveiled the Surface, a Windows 8 PC tablet with a cover that flips down to become a full keyboard. Initial 32- and 64-gigabyte "Windows RT" OS versions should be available in fall. The full Windows 8 version will be available three months later in 64- and 128-GB versions. Microsoft says they'll likely be priced "in the same zone as ultrabooks, which typically run around $1,000," reports CNN.

DigitalTrends.com reports that the Online Publishers study has consumers evenly split between Android and iOS tablets (just a year ago the tablet sector was dominated by Apple's iPad). Adoption of the BlackBerry Playbook, meanwhile, drops year-over-year. Watching Internet video continues to be the most popular tablet activity.

Read more on the tablet study in DigitalTrends here. Read more on the Microsoft Surface from CNN here.

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