Microsoft Surface – Into the Unknown

There isn’t much out there on the Microsoft Surface and I think that there ought to be, so I’ve taken up the challenge of compiling all the information I can possibly muster, right here. I’m doing this because I’m looking at buying a rather large number of them but after a great deal of research, I really couldn’t find anything new or exciting on the topic. So into the rabbit hole we go!

Microsoft Surface

Surface is a 30-inch (76 cm) display in a table-like form factor, 22 inches (56 cm) high, 21 inches (53 cm) deep, and 42 inches (107 cm) wide. The Surface tabletop is acrylic, and its interior frame is powder-coated steel. The software platform runs on a custom version of Windows Vista and has wired Ethernet 10/100, wireless 802.11 b/g, and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.Surface applications are written using either Windows Presentation Foundation or Microsoft XNA technology.

At Microsoft’s MSDN Conference, Bill Gates told developers of “Maximum” setup the Microsoft Surface was going to have:

  • Intel Core Quad Xeon “WoodCrest” @ 2.66GHz
  • 4GB DDR2-1066 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive

It has a custom motherboard form factor about the size of two ATX motherboards.

For more information on the Surface’s Technology, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Surface

The MS Surface table computer would be ideal for many settings

The MS Surface table computer would be ideal for many settings

Buying

If you’re looking to buy a MS Surface… Good luck. For one, they’re expensive. Secondly, they’re only available to commercial customers. When you take a look at the order form, there are two types of surfaces, and two color options. There’s the consumer and the developer tables ($12,500 and $15,000 respectively), each available in Black or Metal. I would assume that you can leave the metal the way it is, or I’m sure it’s relatively easy to have custom paint schemes done by a third party.

Beyond the actual price of the surface there is a surface installation charge. For the consumer surface the installation fee is $1500 per table and installation is a required option. If you buy the developers table, you don’t have to pay for installation. Then there is an optional package for surface maintenance and it’s $1500 per table. Shipping 3-5 days will run you an additional $240 dollars per table, and Expedited Shipping 1-2 days will cost you $530 each. To be completely honest with you, I think shipping is the most reasonably priced option on the entire order form. But that’s just me.

Applications

The surface can run any windows applications in addition to specially developed surface applications. There are a great deal of them, from games, to healthcare, to restaurants, to educational, the list just keeps going on. Head over to YouTube to check out some of the cooler applications!

Surface Applications on YouTube

More Information

I will be talking with Microsoft Representatives and Surface Partners over the next couple of days and I will post my updates and findings here.

Visit Microsoft Surface

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~ by Travis on 04/23/2009.

2 Responses to “Microsoft Surface – Into the Unknown”

  1. The Microsoft Table is pretty cool, but there way too expensive. I bet Apple will come out with something better.

    • I’m not biased towards one or the other, but I do welcome Apple to give it a shot. To be completely honest, I just don’t see it on Apples “To-Do” list. Would you agree?

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