Microsoft announced on Monday during its annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto that it has high hopes for its Surface tablet. The company and its partners are looking to sell 375 million PCs in 2013, “a few million” of which will be Surface tablets, ZDNet reported. The software giant’s outlook is more optimistic than even some of its partners, which claim the Surface will flop due to low customer interest. Microsoft unveiled its upcoming line of Surface tablets during a press conference last month and while pricing has not yet been announced, the slate is expected to launch this fall. More →
Have you been pining after one of Microsoft’s slick multi-touch behemoths but don’t happen to have the bankroll or connections of, say, Harrah’s Casino? Today might be your lucky day. Microsoft has announced the limited initial availability of an SDK for the Surface computing environment. Scheduled to be released at the Microsoft Professional Developers conference today. More than 1,000 developers in attendence will receive exclusive rights to access the Surface SDK. Additionally, anyone with access to the SDK will be given the opportunity to purchase a developers unit for the bargain basement price of $13,500. The SDK itself will allow developers to:
build applications that take advantage of the unique attributes of Microsoft Surface: direct interaction (no mouse or keyboard), multi-touch (up to dozens of items at once), multi-user (collaborative) and object recognition (physical objects placed on Surface trigger different types of digital responses)
That’s one hell of a sticker price, but given the exclusive nature and advanced capabilities of the Surface itself, we’re confident that more than a few folks will see fit to pony up the cash. Anyone feel like sending a unit our way? K, thanks!
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Microsoft’s multi-touch behemoth Surface, and getting wind of another interesting application of the device is music to our ears. The Redmond-based company has teamed up with Sheraton to deploy Surface machines in five hotels across the country. Guests at the Sheraton in Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Boston will be able to experience some multi-touch goodness beginning today, as Sheraton has installed customized versions of the hardware in the five locations listed above. The Sheraton Surface will come complete with a suite of applications specific to the hotel experience, including City Tips city guide, Sounds of Sheraton hotel lobby juke box, and Sheraton Snapshots with images of Sheraton locations around the world. Sure, it’s not the most thrilling collection of apps, but it should do a decent job of showing off the Surface’s capabilities while bringing a bit of a unique experience to the hotel’s lobby area. If you’re in any of the five cities feel free to head on down to your local Sheraton and check the Surface out. If you happen to live elsewhere, hit the link for a video tour of the device’s capabilities.
Remember the Microsoft Surface? After a slow start, the greatest multi-touch device on earth (yes, greater than that one) is finally rolling out to business customers in a variety if industries. Microsoft sat down with BGR last night in an attempt to school us on a few of the intricacies of the oh-so-appealing behemoth of a device, some of the philosophy behind Surface, and a bit of insight into the future potential and possible future applications of this brave new market space. Were we impressed? In a word, yes, though not without a few caveats. Hit the jump below to continue reading our hands-on review, or hit the gallery link to check out the gallery!
Waiting for some more real-world examples of the Microsoft Surface at work? While it might be a stretch to combine “Las Vegas” and “real world” in the same sentence, we’re willing to make the leap. Harrah’s has dropped a shiny new Surface into their Rio iBar Ultra Lounge, located in their Hotel and Casino on the strip. The machine has been tricked out with a custom suite of software that promises to bring a unique experience to iBar patrons. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but after consuming 2-3 $18 Red Bull/Vodkas, we’re guessing a giant multi-touch screen is a pretty engaging proposition. If you happen to be in the Vegas area, feel free to check out the Harrah’s Surface and let us know what you think.