Microsoft Surface archive

  • Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review
    Tablets

    Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review

    By 19 June 2012

    Microsoft has announced that it is going into the tablet hardware business with the new Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablets. Pocket-lint was at the launch event to get the nitty-gritty.  Microsoft’s first tablet PC is crammed...

  • Surface for Windows RT vs Surface for Windows 8 Pro, what’s the difference?
    Tablets

    Surface for Windows RT vs Surface for Windows 8 Pro, what’s the difference?

    By 19 June 2012

    Microsoft has just announced two new tablets to form a new range of own-built devices called Surface, but which one is better and which one will you want? The basic specs detailed by Microsoft are as follows: Surface for Windows RT - Runs Windows 8 RT...

  • Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet: Full power PC, but tablet design
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    Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet: Full power PC, but tablet design

    By 19 June 2012

    Microsoft has detailed two new own-built tablets at an event in Los Angeles - the Microsoft Surface Tablet and the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with the later being a fully fledged Intel-powered PC that will run Windows 8 and all the apps that come with...

  • Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet: Microsoft takes on the iPad with own-built device
    Tablets

    Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet: Microsoft takes on the iPad with own-built device

    By 19 June 2012

    Microsoft has announced a new Windows 8 tablet, called Surface, that it will make itself and launch in the coming months. Announced by Steve Ballmer at an event in Los Angeles, the new tablet will allow Microsoft to push the best features of its Windows...

  • Microsoft Surface with PixelSense pictures and hands-on
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    Microsoft Surface with PixelSense pictures and hands-on

    By 28 March 2012

    Microsoft Surface, in its initial version one form, was more an experiment than anything else. Designed as an interactive display that could be incorporated into things like coffee tables, it definitely was an exciting concept. The software has now re-surfaced,...

  • Microsoft Surface 2: The biggest tablet you'll ever see
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    Microsoft Surface 2: The biggest tablet you'll ever see

    By 6 January 2011

    Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its Microsoft Surface at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, that is considerably more powerful than the previous version.  The new Surface 2, built by Samsung, will now be just 4-inches thick, ditching the bulky camera tech...

  • VIDEO: Settlers of Catan - Microsoft Surface style
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    VIDEO: Settlers of Catan - Microsoft Surface style

    By 3 August 2010

    The Settlers of Catan has appeared in many forms since its first publication in Germany as a table top board game back in 1995. There are now versions for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Xbox 360 (via XBLA), PS3, PC and more. And there are expansions for the...

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sony atracTable to take on Microsoft Surface from June
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    EXCLUSIVE: Sony atracTable to take on Microsoft Surface from June

    By 3 May 2010

    Sony is about to take on the Microsoft Surface with a new offering of their own that is due out in June. The atracTable, first seen and demoed at Vision 2009 in Stuttgart last year, will be released at the beginning of June according to the company...

  • Microsoft adds pen to Surface
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    Microsoft adds pen to Surface

    By 12 April 2010

    Microsoft Research is still upgrading its Surface product, despite there being relatively few of them in the wild as yet. This time around, the company has added the ability to draw on Surface with an infra-red pen, as you can see in the video above....

  • Microsoft demonstrates Mobile Surface
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    Microsoft demonstrates Mobile Surface

    By 2 March 2010

    Microsoft has been demonstrating some interesting technology at its annual employees-only TechFest event. Microsoft's Surface technology is great, but it's also large, expensive and a little unwieldy. Allow Mobile Surface to step into the ring instead....

  • VIDEO: Kodak's 25ft long Microsoft Surface
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    VIDEO: Kodak's 25ft long Microsoft Surface

    By 7 January 2010

    We've all seen the Microsoft Surface and been told how it will change the way shops and even banks let us interact with technology, but you've probably never seen one that's over 25ft long? Kodak, keen to show off the latest key selling points of their...

  • VIDEO: Sony demonstrates Atractable surface controller
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    VIDEO: Sony demonstrates Atractable surface controller

    By 5 November 2009

    At the Vision 2009 conference, in Stuttgart, Sony has shown off a multitouch surface display called the Atractable that's rather like the Microsoft Surface controller,which offers coffee table computing. The system has been developed between Sony ISS...

  • VIDEO: Dungeons and Dragons on Microsoft Surface
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    VIDEO: Dungeons and Dragons on Microsoft Surface

    By 22 October 2009

    A team of students at Carnegie Mellon University has developed a Dungeons & Dragons application for Microsoft Surface. It's a little like a printed out map, but completely interactive and able to recognise items placed on top. It can then calculate line-of-sight,...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft SecondLight in action
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    VIDEO: Microsoft SecondLight in action

    By 15 May 2009

    We've brought you a fair bit of news on Microsoft's future plans for its Surface coffee-table computer, but here's the best video we've seen so far explaining the principles behind, and applications of, the SecondLight tech the company is currently working...

  • Microsoft demos possible future of Surface
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    Microsoft demos possible future of Surface

    By 6 May 2009

    Microsoft has demoed a series of new technologies, that could easily become part of the next Microsoft Surface, at a behind-the-scenes day at its Research Lab in Cambridge. Although Microsoft Research admits it has no control over whether or not its projects...

  • X-Desk Surface clone launches in the UK
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    X-Desk Surface clone launches in the UK

    By 17 April 2009

    What's claiming to be the first commercially available multitouch screen interactive tabletop - the X-Desk - has launched in the UK. The "first" claim is a little off considering Microsoft's "coffee-table computer" the Surface, announced back in 2007,...

  • Microsoft Surface to get bigger screen
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    Microsoft Surface to get bigger screen

    By 18 March 2009

    Microsoft has hinted that it could make bigger screen sized versions of its interactive coffee table, the Microsoft Surface in the future. In a candid chat with Pocket-lint at the UK launch of the £8500 device that promises to revolutionise the retail...

  • Second-gen Surface talked up
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    Second-gen Surface talked up

    By 16 March 2009

    Microsoft is working on the next-generation version of its "Surface" coffee table computer, it's been revealed. Several developers at the US South by Southwest Festival have informed the BBC that a new model of the Surface is 2 to 3 years away. Chris...

  • Microsoft Surface launches in the UK
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    Microsoft Surface launches in the UK

    By 2 March 2009

    Microsoft has announced that its touchscreen "Surface" computer will now be available in 12 "select" markets in EMEA. Previously only available in the US and Canada, the Surface is now also available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy,...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft SecondLight
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    VIDEO: Microsoft SecondLight

    By 26 February 2009

    Microsoft Research has revealed its "SecondLight" technology, new touch-related tech that works in a similar way to the company's "Surface" touchscreen "coffee table" computer. As well as supporting multitouch, SecondLight can detect gestures above the...

  • Microsoft Surface touches down in  the UK
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    Microsoft Surface touches down in the UK

    By 9 December 2008

    The Microsoft Surface has hit the UK, well one has anyway, and Pocket-lint was on hand to give it a spin. The interactive coffee table, which weighs 300lbs, is being used by London design agency Splendid to show retailers what the touchy feely device...

  • Developers to get SDK for Microsoft Surface
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    Developers to get SDK for Microsoft Surface

    By 7 October 2008

    The software developer kit for the Surface tabletop computer will be made available to those attending Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference at the end of the month, reports CNet. "Hear about the unique attributes of Microsoft Surface computing,...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft Sphere touch display demoed
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    VIDEO: Microsoft Sphere touch display demoed

    By 29 July 2008

    Microsoft has shown off a new prototype - the Sphere - a touch enabled globe-shaped display, described as like the Surface's "cousin". In the video above - which is well worth a watch - Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere in action....

  • Microsoft Surface gets Las Vegas casino launch
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    Microsoft Surface gets Las Vegas casino launch

    By 12 June 2008

    Microsoft's Surface touch operated "coffee table" computer will make its debut in the entertainment world at Harrah's casino in Las Vegas. Following the deal announced with AT&T retail stores in the States, the Microsoft Surface machines will be installed...

  • Bill Gates unveils Microsoft Touch Wall
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    Bill Gates unveils Microsoft Touch Wall

    By 15 May 2008

    Bill Gates (when is that guy stepping down?) has demoed a vertical version of Microsoft's coffee table computer, the Surface, at the company's CEO summit. Describing a future where cheap touchscreens will cover various surfaces in homes as well as offices,...