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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Interactive Displays Conference

    Microsoft's own Andy Wilson and Stevie Bathiche , whose pioneering work went on to become Microsoft Surface , were out at the Interactive Displays conference in San Jose last week. On Thursday they gave the morning's keynote. They talked about, along with work they've been doing, where the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SurfaceWare

    We spend a lot of time thinking about how the unique optical capabilities of Microsoft Surface can be used to create magical experiences with everyday objects. A couple folks from the Applied Sciences team and the Surface SDK team got together a while ago to prototype one such concept that we call "SurfaceWare...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface launches at Sheraton Hotels

    Microsoft and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts have partnered to bring Microsoft Surface to the hotel lobby. Sheraton went live today with our music, photos and concierge applications customized with Sheraton specific content. This adds Boston, Chicago and Seattle to the list of cities where you can get...
  • Blog Post: Viva Las Virtual Vegas!!!

    Hello from Vegas! The Surface and Harrah's teams have been burning the midnight oil for the past few days getting everything set for our next public deployment. Today, Harrah’s will become our second partner to deploy Surface. They will have six Surface units operating in the iBar, located inside...
  • Blog Post: Collaborative Alliance with AT&T!!!

    This evening AT&T and Microsoft announced a collaborative alliance to transform the way that consumers shop for mobile devices. AT&T will become the first company in the world to deploy Microsoft Surface! In fact, on April 17th if you're in NYC, Atlanta, San Antonio, or San Francisco area you...
  • Blog Post: Surface at MIX 08

    I was lucky to be part of the team that went to the Venetian in Las Vegas to demo Surface at MIX 08 . Demoing Surface is fun, interesting, and exhausting. There were always attendees at the booth. Between sessions it would get pretty crowded. Also, this wasn’t a trade show with 100’s of booths. It was...
  • Blog Post: Surface at The CeBIT

    Surface and the team jumped across the pond earlier this week for some demo time at The CeBIT (I don't think it is actually called 'The CeBIT' but I find it funny that some people call it that...so I'm sticking with it) in Hannover, Germany. The CeBIT is the world's largest tradeshow. It puts CES to...
  • Blog Post: Firefly Game Hits the Web

    Our friends over at Sarcastic Gamer posted some new Surface goodness this morning. It's an early "proof of concept" game called Firefly that was developed by the Carbonated Games folks downstairs. While we've done other games during the course of the product this is among the first casual games to test...
  • Blog Post: Our Last Day at CES

    So we’re in the home stretch at CES. Today is the last day!!! As draining as this show is, as crazy as the planning has been, as stressful as it was to watch BillG demo Surface (fingers crossed so tight that it performed well-IT DID!) in his last keynote…it has been totally worth it. It’s the biggest...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday at CES

    Tuesday was another great day for the Surface team n the Microsoft booth at CES. Because of the reworked the flow of the booth overnight to better accomodate the crowds it felt less packed and we seemed to have more room to breath. Nonetheless it was still crazy busy as folks lined up to touch Surface...
  • Blog Post: Surface Debuts at CES

    Surface had its CES coming out party last night, as Bill Gates showed off one of our new demo applications (a retail product customization scenario) in his final keynote to the industry. History-making stuff and I'm glad Surface could be a part of it. Technically, we were here last year with an NDA event...
  • Blog Post: CES...Here We Come!!

    CES is right around the corner and the Surface team is getting ready to show off some new demo experiences. Over the past few weeks (and nights, and weekends, and mornings...ugh) we've been dogfooding these demos and making sure everything is tip-top. So, the Super Friends had their Hall of Justice....
  • Blog Post: Access Points

    Let's dive into some design. Obviously, there's way too much to cover so I'll start small and specific and we'll gradually cover more ground over time. So, I'll start with general navigation and a key navigational element we call "Access Points". In creating a navigation model for any system, you...
  • Blog Post: A Matter of Time...

    As you might have read by now, C|Net reported that the first Surface units will be in the wild a little later than we originally planned. It’s a slight shift in timing for us, but we think that some of the stuff we’ve been working on is worth a little more wait. This is an entirely new category of technology...
  • Blog Post: Surface in Boston This Week

    Any Boston-area Surface enthusiasts out there? We're bringing Surface (three to be exact) to the lobby of the Sheraton Boston Hotel (39 Dalton Street Boston, MA 02199) on Saturday, November 10th from 10am to 3pm. We'll be showcasing how the Sheraton plans to utilize Surface in their hotel environments...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Jeff's Surface Hardware Blog

    Hi, My name is Jeff Westerinen, and welcome to my blog. I lead hardware development for Surface here at Microsoft, and I’ll be sharing some insights on Surface hardware from time to time here on this blog. We have some pretty talented people on our team, which consists of developers, testers and program...
  • Blog Post: Pumpkin Carving...The Surface Way

    Okay so it's a tisch dated...but only by a couple of days. Check it out... http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=69ee53bc-46bb-4681-8df4-3ede56b1e94f Have a great weekend everyone, K Robert Warnick
  • Blog Post: Development Introduction

    Hello! I’m Kevin Kennedy and I’m a software developer on the Surface Team. I’ve been on this project since Jan ‘04. I primarily do applications development and even got to write some of the demo apps that we’ve been showing. In addition to development I’ve also been able to take on short-term roles like...
  • Blog Post: User Experience Introduction

    Hello. My name is Ali Vassigh and I manage Surface's User Experience team. My team of designers and writers are responsible for defining and creating your experience with all the aspects of Surface you can see, hear, touch, and generally interact with as a consumer. From the physical form and materials...
  • Blog Post: Surface Computing has arrived and so has our blog

    Welcome to the Microsoft Surface blog. Our first post! Our plan with this blog is to share the latest and greatest developments within our group, meet our unique team, give you sneak peeks at new features, apps, demos and cool UX interactions. We’ll post pictures, interviews with the team, cool...
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