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At PDC we announced special pricing for Microsoft Surface. We've now extended that pricing through the end of November. It's a great discount for those developers who got their hands on the SDK at PDC and are now looking to run those applications on the full hardware. See the US order form or go to Surface.com for more information about the product.
[UPDATE: Discount pricing is now closed. Units are still available for purchase at standard pricing via the links above.]
Ken Spencer of Solid Quality Mentors is one of the most respected authorities on Microsoft development technologies and I had the chance to chat with him at PDC to talk about Surface...
Steve Seow: Was PDC 2008 the first time you got a close-up glimpse of the Microsoft Surface? What was the first thing that came to mind when you first saw the technology?
Ken Spencer: I had seen Surface before but never played with it. Seeing it at the PDC gave me a chance to get hands on and see some amazing software. What came to mind is lots of business uses for Surface such as applications to run for customers in the lobby, dealership apps for auto dealers, medical apps, and many more. My brain almost overflowed with potentials.
SS: If you have the SDK installed on your dev box, what is the first application you would build and why?
KS: The first application will be a prototype line of business application to demonstrate to our management and customers. This will be a paradigm changing application that many others will see and it will blow their mind.
SS: You have been advocating and using Microsoft technologies for a long time. Put the potential of Microsoft Surface in your perspective.
KS: I have been promoting Microsoft technologies for about 20 years. I have been an RD for about 14 of those years. Surface is one of those technologies that changes the paradigm of whats possible with computer technology. Its amazing what can be done with Surface in its current form and then to think of other forms such as Surface hanging on a wall at eye level and what we could do with it. Combining WPF and Surface is truly life changing.
[This is a guest blog post written by Bryan Beatty about one of his PDC experiences. Bryan is a dev on the SDK team responsible for things such as the SurfaceInkCanvas and TagVisualizer controls. If you participated in one of our Hands on Labs at PDC, you probably met Bryan and experienced his unparalleled enthusiasm for showing developers around the Surface platform. -Robert]
Mark Hopkins, a writer on the SDK team who knows Mr. Petzold, happened to bring him by the booth while I was there. I'd like to report that I handled the situation with all due dignity, but in fact I reacted like a total fanboy. "Ooo! Ooo! It's Charles *PETZOLD*! Dang, I don't have a camera! Mark! Mark! Do you have a camera? DO YOU?"
The smile you see on Petzold's face is either gratification at meeting a fan, or else a tight frozen grimace of fear that he's just run into a stalker. ("Who is this guy? He's here... he's *touching* me... now just stay cool, Charles, we're surrounded by witnesses...")