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  • Blog Post: Surface Present at MIX 2011

    We are having a great time at MIX 2011, and channel 9 has posted the two presentations we had yesterday. I personally enjoyed talking to so many passionate developers and designers just super interested in Surface 2. You could really feel the excitement in the room! I know we had a full room...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface Presentation at MIX 2011

    They posted the presentations to the MIX 2011 website today, and we will have 2 Surface related presentations at MIX! That is very exciting! See you in Las Vegas in less than a month! A Whole NUI World: Microsoft Surface 2 and Windows Touch Luis Cabrera Heard about Microsoft Surface 2...
  • Blog Post: Three new Microsoft Surface Code Samples

    Three full application samples have been available at code.msdn.microsoft.com for about 3 months now. Posting this so that everyone knows of these invaluable resources. Luis Cabrera Platform Program Manager Microsoft Surface Microsoft® Surface® Live Stream Code Sample Live Stream enables businesses...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Surface Design and Development Training

    We invite you to participate in the new Microsoft Surface Design and Development Training . This online course begins with an introduction to the Microsoft Surface platform and its unique attributes – including its vision (camera) based massive multi-touch input, 360° multiuser interface, and physical...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Available

    In case you missed it last week, the Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta is available as a free download. Now you can use Surface controls for applications on Windows Touch PCs with Windows 7. Head on over to our Technical Resources section on Surface.com where you’ll find the Toolkit as...
  • Blog Post: Surface at Interactive Displays 2010 Conference

    Are you going to the Interactive Displays 2010 Conference in San Jose next week? I will be there talking about Microsoft Surface Development for .Net Developers. We will be talking about development for Microsoft Surface v1 SP1, and also about development using the just released Microsoft Surface Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Launch: Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta

    We’ve got some great news for Windows Touch developers. Today we’ve launched a toolkit for Windows Touch that allows developers to use some of the same controls that are used by developers on Microsoft Surface hardware today, but for PCs using Windows Touch. Before you can use the toolkit, you must...
  • Blog Post: Raise of Hands: Do you use the Surface Simulator? Do you use the Surface Simulator APIs?

    Dear Readers, Hello, I am Luis Cabrera, the Program Manager responsible for the Surface SDK. I would like to get a better idea for the usage of some of the functionality we have exposed in our Surface SDK in the past. For those of you who are developing using the Microsoft Surface SDK, I would...
  • Blog Post: Using the RawImage in a WPF application.

    One common question I hear is: How can you consume the raw image provided by the core APIs in a WPF application? How do you display it on the screen? I just extracted it from the code I used to “process the image” created by the cup on the monster demo . Here is a simple answer to that question...
  • Blog Post: Developing an installer for your Surface application

    Many folks have asked me in the past how to build an installer for their Surface application. I recommend using Windows Installer XML to do this because it is a free and powerful production quality installer toolset. To get folks started I have put together a sample solution with an installer project...
  • Blog Post: New Book: Developing for Microsoft Surface

    The people over at nsquared have released the first book for developers and designers getting started on Microsoft Surface . Aptly titled, Developing for Microsoft Surface: Crafting Exceptional Experiences , provides the more than just the essentials for developing software on Microsoft Surface. It provides...
  • Blog Post: Surface SDK 1.0 SP1 supports XNA Game Studio 3.0 and later

    Prior to SP1 the Surface SDK supported only XNA Game Studio 2.0, which lacked support for Visual Studio 2008. Most people don't know it, but our the Surface SDK 1.0 SP1 release added support for XNA Game Studio 3.0 and later. And starting with version 3.0, XNA Game Studio supports Visual Studio 2008...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Your chance to win a Microsoft Surface

    I’m posting to remind everyone that we have a contest going on right now, put on by Microsoft Surface . The challenge is directed at creating applications that use the unique properties of the platform to address needs within the automotive, retail, healthcare, financial services, hospitality or public...
  • Blog Post: Developing on Microsoft Surface

    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. Once you've purchased Microsoft Surface , the first...
  • Blog Post: Video of Microsoft Surface SP1 from CrunchGear

    Hot on the heels of our Microsoft Surface SP1 release today , Devin Coldewey released this video and an article on CrunchGear . He was in our offices last week to get a sneak preview. Check it out. - Eric
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface at MS TechEd 2009

    Robert Levy and Doug Kramer will be presenting at Microsoft TechEd 2009 next Monday. This is an intermediate breakout session where they will go through some of the highlights and features in the upcoming release of SP1 for the Microsoft Surface platform. If you’re an existing Microsoft Surface developer...
  • Blog Post: How pop is the new flicker

    A long time ago when I worked on Windows 95, I wrote a version of the xeyes program mainly to play with the brand new SetWindowRegion function. I immediately got feedback that the eyes flickered when they were being updated. I fixed the problem and, even though I initially didn’t think the flicker was...
  • Blog Post: School in the UK shows us Microsoft Surface in the classroom

    Microsoft Surface and education are like peanut butter and jelly. Microsoft Surface is like that with a number of markets, but there's something about kids interacting with a computer in a very accessible way that seems right. Microsoft worked with Infusion and RM (who also worked with Lightbox Education...
  • Blog Post: Surface in the Code Magazine podcast

    I got to spend a few minutes talking with Markus Egger from Code Magazine during PDC. You can listen in on that conversation at the end of their latest podcast: http://www.code-magazine.com/codecast/ Markus also told me that they just got their developer Surface today :) I'm looking forward to seeing...
  • Blog Post: Surface on .NET Rocks

    Right after our PDC presentation, Doug and I got whisked away by Carl and Richard from .NET Rocks . We found an empty room somewhere and chatted for about an hour. It was a blast talking to them about all sorts of Surface-related topics past, present, and future. You can listen at http://www.dotnetrocks...
  • Blog Post: Developers, developers, developers

    Robert just posted with a link to our PDC session. Check it out here . Here's the next part of my interviews with Vectorform. This time I sit down with just the developers to talk about what it's like to create applications on Surface. There's some discussion here about WPF, Expression Blend and the...
  • Blog Post: Developing for Microsoft Surface

    Just a quickOur presentation yesterday went amazingly well. The video and slides are now online here: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC17/ I'm off to chat with more developers now! If you have questions about things from our presentation, please post them here. -Robert
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