Microsoft arranged a press event today, 18 June, at which it launched two new Microsoft-branded Windows 8 pro and RT Surface tablets. Here you can read out live coverage of the Microsoft tablet launch. See also Microsoft announces new Windows Surface tablets for further details.

PC Advisor's American counterparts at PC World were at the event and brought live updated coverage of the event. The press conference was held at an unknown location in Los Angeles later today. Coverage started at 11:45pm UK time and at roughly 12:30am UK time, Microsoft announced its two new Windows Tablets. Visit Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad comparison review.

Visit Microsoft Surface Tablet Specs for further details, and check out our initial Microsoft Surface review.

The event comes a week after Apple's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) where it announced iOS6 and refreshed its MacBook line-up of laptops. See also Windows 8 release date and features UK.

See: WWDC keynote: as it happened.

As it happened: Microsoft LA press event