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A look at Microsoft's Surface tablet

24 October 2012 Last updated at 12:52 BST

Microsoft has launched its own-brand family of tablets in an attempt to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPad.

Although Microsoft has not disclosed sales figures, it said that pre-orders of the 32GB version of the Surface - which costs £399 - had "temporarily sold out" in the US, Canada, France, Germany and the UK within a day of going on sale.

A £559 64GB version remains on offer.

The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tested the device.