Microsoft Surface Tablet Launches

Microsoft launched both Windows 8 and its own Surface tablet in the U.S. early Friday morning with the opening of the Microsoft Store in New York City’s Times Square.

“It’s definitely worth every penny I spent on it,” said Acosta, shortly after his purchase (the Surface starts at $499).

Acosta may have waited for hours and paid hundreds of dollars for his new Windows tablet. Some top Microsoft executives were on hand to autograph the boxes of the first Surface units sold, including Panos Panay, the general manager of Surface.

“We filled up Times Square pretty good,” Panay said. “The excitement is riveting — we’re very humbled by it.”

Microsoft also supplied the people in line with refreshments, and some lucky ones (including Acosta) even got Surface jackets.

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