How does Microsoft, one of the highest-profile technology companies in the world, create a new, similarly high-profile piece of hardware like the Surface Tablet without anybody in the industry getting a whiff of it? Simple: you lock the designers working on the project into secretive underground facilities with security measures similar to what you'd find at a bank or sensitive data centers.
Microsoft hardware guru Stevie Bathiche told TechRadar, our FutureUS sister site, that the small team worked in "an underground bunker with no windows." Once things started picking up, Microsoft brought the team above ground, but the new digs sported armed guards, biometric verification and double airlock-type doors to ensure that nobody was able to sneak their way in; one door had to close completely before the other one would start to open.
The Surface tablet's team spilled several more beans about the blood, sweat and anal-retentive tears that went into designing Microsoft's first self-branded tablet. They also confirmed you won't see a Windows RT tablet sporting a Kindle Fire-low price tag. Head on over to TechRadar to read the whole shebang.