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    Viva Las Virtual Vegas!!!

    Eric and Kyle at the Rio in Las 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 the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. 


    Harrah’s will deploy a suite of their own customized applications and be the first to install Microsoft Surface in an entertainment venue, providing guests with uniquely personalized and engaging social experiences.  Their most ambitious application is “Flirt” which uses strategically placed video cameras to create an exciting new way to initiate conversation, flirt and meet new people from one Surface to another. Additional applications include a series of play-for-fun interactive games like bowling, a challenging musical memory game, and multi-player pinball with a twist. There's even a cool mixologist app that lets you design and order your own drinks.


    In addition to the applications that Harrah's created, they are also using the photos and concierge apps that the Surface team built. Harrah's has taken those apps and customized them to the Rio/Las Vegas environment with photos, video, maps and attractions info to help guests plan their stay all within the comfort of the iBar.


    If you can't make it to Vegas then check out the video we shot. Last week we came into the iBar to capture the unique experience that Harrah's is offering. It really shows off their "Flirt" application nicely...only in Vegas.


    This is an exciting next step in the Harrah’s relationship. Just a little over a year ago we announced our partnership with Harrah’s at D, since then they've been busy thinking about Surface, where it will go (Harrah's has a ton of great properties to chose from) and then creating the actual applications themselves. It's fun to see it all come together.


    So deployment #2 is done...up next #3...stay tuned...more goodness ahead.


    Cheers from Vegas (I'm not finding fortune on Wheel of Fortune slots right now...ugh),

    K Robert Warnick


    Video: Microsoft Surface at the Rio in Las Vegas
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    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 Microsoft Surface platform. The SDK supports development on any .NET framework and is optimized for WPF and XNA.

    As we announced last week, we'll be sharing all the good stuff about the Microsoft Surface Service Pack 1 at Microsoft TechEd 2009 today. In their session, Robert and Doug will be going through many of the new features with real code so you can see what it's like to actually develop a Microsoft Surface application. Their presentation at PDC '08 had excellent reviews, so.. If you're at TechEd today, make sure to get to Session DTL337 from 2:45-4pm in room 408B.

    Here's a sneak peek at some of the Service Pack 1 feature highlights..

    Application Development

    • API enhancements, WFP library and menu controls
    • Stress testing tool
    • 128-big identity tag resources

    New platform capabilities

    • Enabling users to quickly switch between applications using tagged object routing
    • Background service application support 

    Improved User Interface

    • Improved "Access Points"
    • Single application mode
    • Touch/contact feedback and visualization


    • Localized end-user and administrative interface in available counties
    • New calibration guides removing need for external display during configuration
    • Microsoft Update integration
    • Microsoft Management Pack support

    - Eric

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    The New Microsoft Surface


    The new Microsoft Surface was unveiled on Wednesday at CES 2011. We just launched our brand new Microsoft Surface web site. There you’ll learn about the Surface experience and get a look at the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. More information will be coming over time, so check back with and the blog to stay up to date with the latest news.

    [Video: The Microsoft Surface 2.0 Experience]

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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