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But the flawed Windows RT update still isn't available in the Windows Store.
Acer has produced 8-inch tablets before, but this is the first to run the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Users dying for a $1799 version of the Surface Pro 2 tablet will now have to wait until December to buy one from Microsoft.
The smaller sibling to Lenovo's 10-inch Miix tablet will ship with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.
But is "Surface 2" really an improvement?
Microsoft will probably report better than expected Windows revenue when it issues its third-quarter earnings numbers this month, based on PC shipment estimates by research firm IDC.
The catch? You'll be paid in store credit.
Dell's XPS 10 tablet and Lenovo's Yoga 11 hybrid with Windows RT have been discontinued, but the companies will provide customers free upgrades to the latest Windows RT 8.1 when the OS comes out later this month.
HP CEO Meg Whitman is just the latest to publicly lament Microsoft's decision to compete against its partners with the Surface tablet.
Because nothing says "productivity" like club-ready rap.
A pair of the high-end models of the Surface 2 Pro tablets appear to be delayed, a week after Microsoft warns buyers to pre-order.
One tablet to replace them all? That appears to be Microsoft's plan for the Surface Pro 2. With its fast Haswell-class processor, a Power Cover for more juice, and a Docking Station for more expandability, this little tablet could go a long way toward replacing the traditional desktop or laptop.
Dell sent a message that it intends to keep its PC division alive with the launch of new Venue tablets on Wednesday.
New products will run Windows 8.1 and Android; Windows RT gets the cold shoulder.
At a Monday night event at the Microsoft Store in Seattle, Panos Panay -- the Microsoft vice president in charge of the Surface -- suggested that multiple sizes of the company's tablet are in the works.