Microsoft’s first-generation Surface tablets were surprising in a number of ways. The fact that this was Microsoft’s first ever tablet effort and the hardware was so gorgeous and well-designed blew us away. But unfortunately, the other surprises were bad ones — namely the half-baked Windows RT operating system on the Surface RT and the relatively high price tags on both models. Microsoft ended up pulling in $853 million from sales of its Surface tablets during fiscal 2013, but it also took a $900 million charge related to moving unsold Surface inventory. It has been almost a year since the first Surface tablet debuted though, and hopefully Microsoft learned from its mistakes. Will the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 be a different story? Will Microsoft add a third tablet to its lineup to compete with the iPad mini? Our live coverage, which will be updated periodically with photos and text coverage, follows below.

UPDATE: Our hands-on preview of the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 can be found here.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.