A brave new world: Microsoft Surface now available for purchase

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Microsoft Surface Launch

Welcome to the new Microsoft (MSFT). The world’s largest software company is now officially a Windows hardware vendor, having launched its debut tablet at midnight Friday morning. Crowds seeking out at Microsoft pop-up stores were surprisingly large in some cases — AllThingsD’s Ina Fried posted some great photos from the Times Square store on her Twitter account — and orders for the tablet that seems to be OEMs’ worst nightmare placed on Microsoft’s website still won’t ship for at least three weeks. While the company did say supplies would be limited at launch, we know from conversations during our visit to Redmond that Microsoft has high hopes for the Surface and it looks like things are off to a good start. Are you thinking about buying one? Did you just purchase a Surface and you’re wondering where to start? Not interested in the Surface but want to know more about Windows 8? Here are some resources that might help:

An in-depth look at how the Surface came to be

Microsoft Surface review: A tale of two tablets

Here’s how to buy Windows RT or Windows 8

Windows 8 seems scary! Here are the key things you need to know to use Microsoft’s new OS

What else does the new Microsoft have cooking?

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