Microsoft's rollout of its Surface Book line of Windows laptops looks like a clear shot at Apple and a move by the company to insulate itself from trouble down the road should any of its big OEM partners bail on Windows 10 hardware.
The high-end Surface Book, which Microsoft executives explicitly compared to Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, is a keyboard-equipped laptop that can twist into a slate or snap apart entirely to serve as a tablet.
"What if you wanted a Surface, but you wanted a laptop Surface? What if we did a laptop?" asked Panos Panay, Microsoft's top executive for its Surface portfolio, during a two-hour Oct. 6 presentation in New York that also saw the unveiling of the Surface Pro 4. "We made the ultimate laptop. We made Surface Book."
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