•What is Microsoft Surface?
•What is Surface Computing?
•How is the surface used?
•How does it work?
•Microsoft Surface Tab+Laptop
•Microsoft Surface Tablet+Laptop
•Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet+Laptop
•Who’s using the Surface today?
•Microsoft Surface’s Future…
What is Microsoft Surface?
• Project began in 2001
• Introduced in 2007
• A surface computing platform
“Microsoft Surface represents a
fundamental change in the way
we interact with digital content.
With Surface, we can actually
grab data with our hands, and
move information between
objects with natural gestures and
touch. All without using a mouse
or a keyboard.”
What is surface computing?
A form of computing that
offers “a natural way of
interacting with information”
rather than the “traditional
• Digital interactive painting
• At a phone store?
• At a restaurant?
• Play games and use the Internet.
• Jukebox! Browse music, make play lists.
How is the Surface used?
How does it work?
• The Surface uses multiple infrared cameras beneath the screen/table top to
sense objects, physical touch, etc.
• The Surface “recognizes objects based on shape or by using domino-style
identification (domino tags) on the bottom of the objects.”
• This information is processed and displayed using “rear projection”.
Type: 30-inch XGA
Graphics card with 256
MB of memory.
2.13-GHz Intel® Core2
Memory: 2 GB dual-
Advanced version of
system with LED infrared
Bluetooth® keyboard and
2 headphone jacks
6 USB 2.0 ports
Ethernet port (Gigabit
External monitor port
On/Standby power button
Output type: Stereo
flat panel built-in
Microsoft Surface Tab+Laptop
•Microsoft designed two models of
I. Surface for Windows RT Tablet
II. Surface for Windows8 Pro
•The Windows RT version will be
released together with the Windows 8
operating system in October 2012.
•The Windows 8 Pro version is due to
come 3 months later, may be it is released
in January 2013.
Microsoft Surface Tablet Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
The exterior of each one looks nearly identical, the innards expose
major differences in architecture.
Operating System: Windows RT operating system
Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro-HD video, 2x2 MIMO antenn
Front- and rear-facing "HD" cameras
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
Weight: 676 grams
Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive touchpanel
I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antenna
Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stan
Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
Microsoft Surface Tablet
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro operating system
Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort video
Front- and rear-facing "HD" cameras
Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Weight: 903 grams
Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capacitive touchp
I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, 2x2 MIMO antenn
Software: Windows 8 Pro
Accessories: Touch Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Pal
Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
•Intuitive User interaction with natural
•Collaborative computing experience.
•Customer can easily design using it.
•Mediator between devices.
•It can act as a teacher assistant.
• Surface is not portable and very
• Privacy and security issues - Open for
many to view.
• Screen Visibility - Glare, finger
prints/dirt and human interaction
• Objects needs to be tagged (domino
tags or RFIDs).
Who’s using the Surface today?
• Currently only commercially available and used in the retail,
hospitality, automotive, banking and healthcare industries.
•Current customers are AT&T, T-Mobile, the Rio All Suite
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sheraton Hotels, Disney
Innovations House in California.
Microsoft Surface’s Future…
• Surface will continue to be sold to and used by
restaurants, retail, leisure and public entertainment
• Microsoft wants to expand to the consumer market
by making a product people can use in their home
environment (using other surfaces like desks or making
a version that hangs on the wall).
• Computer scientists hope to incorporate this kind of
technology in peoples’ daily lives… Future goals are to
surround people with intelligent surfaces (look up
recipes on your kitchen counter or table, control TV
with coffee table, etc.
Microsoft Surface is the future of computers.
Fundamentally changes the way we interact with
technology Surface takes existing technology and presents
it in a new way. It isn't simply a touch screen, but more of
of-screen, and this opens up new possibilities that weren't