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This week in tech history: Microsoft shows us the Surface

Nathan Ingraham
This week in tech history: Microsoft shows us the Surface

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. There have always been big differences between Microsoft and Apple, but perhaps the most stark was that Apple made its own computers. You could buy a Windows PC from dozens of companies, but not Microsoft -- something that led Apple to tout its tight system of hardware and software designed to work together.