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Microsoft Surface has long been one of the more puzzling parts of the tech giant’s sprawling family of products. A hefty table with a computer and giant touch-sensitive screen, it seemed to be a piece of furniture as much as it was a high-tech device.
Now Microsoft has totally redesigned the Surface and slashed its price, making it a lot easier to imagine more practical uses for it – as a way to access interactive applications in retail stores, banks and hotels, for example. The company first showed the new version of Surface on Wednesday before the start of CES, and it then began giving hands-on demonstrations of the thinner, cheaper model.