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    How do you use the following SDK tools...

    The Surface SDK Team is looking for your feedback with regards to the tools available on our SDK. 
    We would like to know if you use the following tools, how often you use them, and what you use them for:

    1. InputVisualizer tool.
    2. SurfaceStress tool.
    3. Identity Tag Printing tool.

    Also, are there any features you would like to see in these tools or additional tools that would be valuable to you?
    Your feedback is valuable to us.
    Luis E. Cabrera
    Microsoft Surface
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    The Weather Channel on Microsoft Surface


    Screens.Still002Andy Drooker and Crispin Southwell from The Weather Channel were in our booth at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference demonstrating an application that they built for Microsoft Surface. It is amazingly deep with detailed information when you look at cities, and there are several mapping overlays that can even show animated views of the weather as it is happening.

    I can see this being a popular application at hotels or airports where travelers can get timely weather information where they are and where they are going. This September, the application will be featured in a new show coming to The Weather Channel. Stay tuned for more info.

    [Video: The Weather Channel on Microsoft Surface at WPC 2010]

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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    A new book that explains Microsoft Surface development! ... and a new library on codeplex!


    Joshua Blake from Infostrat (one of our partners), is working on a book on WPF multi-touch development, including many chapters on Surface development.

    The book, called Multitouch on Windows , can be bought using Manning Early Access Program (click here).

    Also Blake posted this week a library that can be used freely by other developers.

    In Josh’s own words:

    “Blake.NUI is a collection of controls and other code useful for multi-touch development with WPF 4 and Surface. It includes several reusable and configurable components from my book and other personal projects like NaturalShow. You can read more about the details on my blog (http://nui.joshland.org/2010/07/announcing-blakenui-multi-touch-nui.html) or the project site(http://blakenui.codeplex.com/)

     One thing I'm particularly excited about is SurfaceTouchDevice, which enables you to write code against the WPF 4 Touch API and run it on Surface v1. With minimal project structuring, you can reuse 99% of the same code between Surface and Windows 7. (You have to install .NET 4 on Surface, though.)”

    I love it when our partners create reusable components that can be used by the larger development ecosystem!

    Luis E. Cabrera
    Platform Program Manager
    Microsoft Surface

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