The great thing about developing on Microsoft Surface is that it's based on standard Microsoft tools and practices. If you're a .NET developer working with WPF or familiar with XNA, you can get up and running on Microsoft Surface relatively quickly.

data visualizer_sample_smallOnce you've purchased Microsoft Surface, the first thing developers will want to do is get access to our customer community site. If you are a Microsoft Partner, you can get an early start by using your Microsoft Partner Program ID to sign into the Microsoft Surface QuickStart site.

Whether or not you are ready or able to get up and running on the steps above, here are some resources for getting started in developing on Microsoft Surface.

Jennifer Marsman just completed a series of five helpful posts on development:

  1. What is Microsoft Surface?
  2. Surface Controls
  3. ScatterView
  4. Reacting to Physical Objects
  5. Future and Resources

In addition, here are just some of the many other great resources from Microsoft colleagues in their blogs and from talks at conferences.

Our all-time most popular development videos was one of the first by Robert Levy showing how to create a simple Microsoft Surface application. It gets referenced again and again in blog posts on the topic. So, here it is:

<br/><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=6acfce98-17d3-416f-b2c0-679356c5ce79" target="_new" title="The Microsoft Surface SDK In Action">Video: The Microsoft Surface SDK In Action</a>

Cheers!
Eric