Congratulations on getting a Surface tablet. The tablet will change the way you think about Microsoft Windows and may even change the way you think about tablets. It has a new interface and a completely re-designed way to interact with apps. Depending on the model you got, it might also have come with a spacious tactile QWERTY keyboard complete with shortcut keys designed to work exclusively with the tablet. Since it can run apps like Microsoft Office and offers 7 GB of cloud-based storage via SkyDrive, it could be the only device you need to take with you when traveling.

The operating system (OS) features a graphics-based user interface (UI) on the Start screen that you navigate by using touch-based gestures and movements. The Start ...

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