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    Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Connect Code Sample Now Available for Download


    This sample helps developers integrate Bluetooth connectivity into their Microsoft Surface applications.  It can be used to can send content to Bluetooth equipped mobile devices – without the need for client-side applications.

    The sample demonstrates sharing pictures, contacts and ringtones to a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone; with a whole range of additional possibilities enabling enhanced assisted sales, gaming, education, and communication scenarios.

    The Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Connect Code Sample is now available for download from the MSDN Code Gallery at:  http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Surface-Bluetooth-Connect-570fa881

    This code sample is designed for use with the Microsoft Surface 1.0 SP1 SDK and makes use of the .NET Bluetooth library binary file available from http://32feet.net/default.aspx.  The sample code is provided "as-is" and is not supported.

    [Video: Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Connect Code Sample]

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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    Galactic Alliance, four player gaming on Surface


    Galactic AllianceJoe and Filip from Vectorform, a Microsoft Surface strategic partner, were in Redmond recently to show me some of their applications. Galactic Alliance is one I can easily see fitting in at pubs, lobbies or cruise ships. Surface is all about people coming together.

    Galactic Alliance is a four player strategy / arcade game that pits you and your fellow players against aliens determined to invade planet Earth. This addictive tower defense-like game draws you in with some easy waves of invaders at first, and then ramps it up. Soon all four players are working together to produce enough defensive weapons to keep the increasingly sturdy enemy fleet at bay. On the technical side, this game uses finger orientation supplied by the Surface platform to create a smooth co-operative or competitive gaming experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

    Vectorform is now making this game available for sale. If you have a Surface unit in your venue and you’re looking for an entertaining title, contact Vectorform and get Galactic Alliance.

    [Video: Galactic Alliance on Microsoft Surface]

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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    Papermaze on Microsoft Surface


    Recently, Vectorform visited our offices to show me a new title they’ve been working on for Surface. It’s a fun maze game that is perfect for hospitality venues where casual-gaming might be found.  

    Help your paper friend navigate his way home in PaperMaze, a new maze-solving title for the Microsoft Surface.  You lead the small blob through a sketched maze by tracing his path with your finger.  Try not to get lost though, since completing the maze in a shorter time gives you a higher score!  Featuring 3 modes of difficulty, signature leader boards and 30 levels of play, PaperMaze is sure to capture your heart and mind.  Contact Vectorform at http://www.vectorform.com for information in purchasing this title for the Microsoft Surface.

    [Video: Vectorform's Papermaze on Microsoft Surface]

    I remember playing maze games on mainframe computers back in the day when you had to couple a Ma-Bell phone to a modem to transfer data and print the maze on teletype paper to run the maze with a pencil.. we’ve come a long way since then!

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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