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    Service Pack 1 Officially Released Today!


    Here at Microsoft Surface we've been actively engaged with our Community of customers and nearly 180 Microsoft Surface Partners in 11 countries. And in response to the feedback we received, we developed Service Pack 1 to allow for faster and easier development of innovative, natural experiences on the Microsoft Surface platform. The SDK supports development on any .NET framework and is optimized for WPF and XNA.

    As we announced last week, we'll be sharing all the good stuff about the Microsoft Surface Service Pack 1 at Microsoft TechEd 2009 today. In their session, Robert and Doug will be going through many of the new features with real code so you can see what it's like to actually develop a Microsoft Surface application. Their presentation at PDC '08 had excellent reviews, so.. If you're at TechEd today, make sure to get to Session DTL337 from 2:45-4pm in room 408B.

    Here's a sneak peek at some of the Service Pack 1 feature highlights..

    Application Development

    • API enhancements, WFP library and menu controls
    • Stress testing tool
    • 128-big identity tag resources

    New platform capabilities

    • Enabling users to quickly switch between applications using tagged object routing
    • Background service application support 

    Improved User Interface

    • Improved "Access Points"
    • Single application mode
    • Touch/contact feedback and visualization


    • Localized end-user and administrative interface in available counties
    • New calibration guides removing need for external display during configuration
    • Microsoft Update integration
    • Microsoft Management Pack support

    - Eric

    contact visualization Contact Visualizations

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    library control Library Control

    element menu Menu Control

  • Microsoft PixelSense Blog

    VPlay: Video Performance in surface computing


    We've seen a number of examples of audio performances getting a boost from surface computing. There's the ReacTable, which is probably the most well known from Bjork's performances. There's also the reacTagon and many others too numerous to name. On Microsoft Surface there is Stimulant's work on ToneGrid and VectorForm's Surface DJ.

    In the past, we covered Kevin Kennedy's work on a VJ application called SplatBox.
    (By the way, if you're naming an app like this, make it one word, caps in the second part of the word and you'll be golden.)

    Now, breaking onto the scene of VJ applications is Microsoft Research in Cambridge with their really cool application called VPlay. Covered here on Ars, the application brings the isolating task of mixing video real-time with computers into the collaborative space of surface computing. It uses digital objects that represent content and mixing effects to give an interactive and "new each time" feel to the output on the screen. You can also view the project information and research paper. Enjoy!

    VPlay Overview

    VPlay Developer Interview

    Designers and developers, keep up the great work on these new computing interactions.

  • Microsoft PixelSense Blog

    Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7


    Over at the The Windows Blog they've got a new post up introducing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7. Here at Microsoft we're all excited about Windows 7 and Windows Touch. On the Microsoft Surface team, we've got an additional reason to be excited. We have been working very closely with the Windows team on bringing multi-touch to Windows 7 and some of the very special applications in the Microsoft Touch Pack. They are highlighted in the blog post today as the one year anniversary of the Windows 7 multi-touch demo at D6. Go check it out and learn about all the multi-touch goodness coming to Windows 7.


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