Marrying up ideas and tools and developers

From the first post, I’ve really enjoyed the feedback around what kinds of verticals Microsoft should pursue with Surface.  So many of you have raised your hand for education, which is awesome!  There are some great blogs around experimental and philanthropic educational efforts on technorati that are worthy of exploration. Other responses so far have…

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How creating Surface apps is different, part 1

In winter/spring of this year I was asked to do some applications-development training for our internal teams in China and Japan as well as our external partners.  In addition to my own experiences developing Surface apps, I talked with many team members about what they thought future developers should know.  One result of this process…

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An Explosion of Possibilities

  I’m a big consumer electronics fan and will use the word “love” when speaking about some of the products I own. In all of those cases I can enthusiastically describe the product and it’s benefits to someone who may get it and get excited about its benefits, but that’s usually where the conversation ends….

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Trip Report: Boston Sheraton Surface Event

Last weekend I was asked to go to Boston to help demo Surface at a Sheraton event.  I was a last minute addition to this trip due to an emergency for one of the other demo people.   I wanted to share my experience as well as all the great work being done by our small…

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Surface business up and running

  “The future is here right now; it’s just highly distributed.” So quipped my friend Bill Buxton, one of the doyens of surface computing here @ Microsoft.  In a lot of ways, we’re trying to offer a twist on that with Microsoft Surface, our first product in this exciting category.  It represents years of focus…

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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…

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ScatterView

The Photos app is one of the most popular ones to demo.  People really love the type of natural interactions it enables.    David Anson was so inspired that he wrote a Silverlight demo with similar behavior.  Miguel de Icaza then expanded on that to do an impressive demo of the Moonlight project.  Those are…

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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, as well as all the other…

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Development Frameworks

I’ve gotten a number of emails from people who are really psyched about Surface and are wondering how to best prepare themselves to eventually be able to build killer apps for it.  My best advice is to start building up expertise in the latest .NET UI frameworks since one of our goals is to make…

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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 managers.  The…

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