Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows-based personal computing devices designed and manufactured by Microsoft under its hardware division, a part of the Windows and Devices group. It comprises of tablet computers, 2-in-1 detachables, and an interactive whiteboard called the Surface Hub.
The first generation devices under the Surface name were introduced on June 18, 2012, while the most recent models currently available are the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3, released on June 20, 2014, and May 5, 2015, respectively. The newest devices, the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, will be available for sale on October 26, 2015.
The Surface family consists of three major lines of PCs: the Surface tablets, designed for budget-oriented consumers and educational users, the Surface Pro tablets, designed for professional users, and the Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid. Surface Hub, an interactive whiteboard, is an offshoot of the Surface tablet. The tablets are notable for their sliding out kickstand, which supports the tablet while it stands at an angle, and optional detachable magnetic keyboards which also double as a protective screen cover.