Microsoft Surface - Set For Commercial Launch.

AT&T will become the first company in the world to bring Microsoft Surface to life in a retail environment, giving customers the ability to explore their mobile worlds using touch and device recognition technology. Microsoft Surface is the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft. Beginning April 17, customers can experience Microsoft Surface in select AT&T retail locations, including stores in New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Francisco. Based on the success and learning from these initial pilot deployments, plans for further expansion across AT&T's 2,200 U.S. retail stores will be determined.

Microsoft Surface is a 30-inch table-like display that gives individuals or multiple people the opportunity to interact with devices and content in a way that feels familiar — by using touch, gestures and placement of devices on the display. In essence, it's a surface come to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more.

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Does anyone else find it ironic that, since the Surface will be in AT&T stores, Microsoft's touchscreen device will likely be selling Apple's touchscreen device?

Why? With the iPhone 2.0 update Apple will be licensing ActiveSync technology from Microsoft. The more they sell, the more money they get from Apple. And the circle of life rolls on...

While I like the idea I'm not sure how much easier this will make things. Currently you go to an AT&T store, pick it up a phone, use it and read the info that have on the display. In the future you'll go to the AT&T store, pick up a phone, use it and put it on a table that will give you more info. It could make getting information easier but then again it's all based on how they implement it.

As far as splitting your bill up goes, that's what waitresses are for.

smart move for att. just having this new product in stores will bring people in the door, even if they dont plan to buy a new handset or sing up for wireless service.

I'm actually really surprised to hear this. I used something that I thought was Microsoft Surface at a brand new Sprint store in Kansas City's Power and Light entertainment district last weekend. It was a touch-sensitive table that you could play with or place objects on to get information about various phone models and applications. It sounds like there could be some patent troubles on the way for whatever company developed these installations that Sprint has.