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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Yep, Apple fans will think it's just a giant iPhone. It's called ignorance.

Microsoft is way ahead of Apple (as usual) and they can't stand it. But once they try it they will like it. They just won't ever admit it out loud.

(Windam said @ #1.2)
you sir have lost your balls..

You bring shame to the apple clan in general

Well, think about it.

MS releases something new, amazing, that is supposed to help you explore, learn, share, create, buy, and more.

But it's not really for you, to use at your own convenience, wherever and whenever you choose.

Instead, they'll stick it in AT&T stores, then perhaps expand it to more AT&T stores, and then, possibly, hopefully, to other stores. And maybe, someday, they'll be everywhere.

But what do YOU get out of all this today? Tomorrow? Next month?

(LTD said @ #1.4)
But what do YOU get out of all this today? Tomorrow? Next month?

I get to hear the ramblings of an idiot today. Thanks.

You are clearly not very well educated in the point of Surface and it's target audience and function. It's not supposed to be a giant iPhone and it never ever will be. Just because AT&T stores bought into it first doesn't mean you won't see it everywhere in the next few years. I look forward to the day when I sit down at an Applebee's with a party of 20 and we can split the bill on the table with relative ease.

So stop making an ass of yourself and maybe go back to the cave you came from. This is only the beginning and you're missing the point, trolling, and just looking like a fool.

(LTD said @ #1.4)

Well, think about it.

MS releases something new, amazing, that is supposed to help you explore, learn, share, create, buy, and more.

But it's not really for you, to use at your own convenience, wherever and whenever you choose.

Instead, they'll stick it in AT&T stores, then perhaps expand it to more AT&T stores, and then, possibly, hopefully, to other stores. And maybe, someday, they'll be everywhere.

But what do YOU get out of all this today? Tomorrow? Next month?

You truly are ignorant. These are commercial systems. Are you going to bitch because Microsoft Point of Sale isn't at Circuit City for you to purchase and use at home? The consumer model is planned to be available in 2009.

(C_Guy said @ #1.3)
Yep, Apple fans will think it's just a giant iPhone. It's called ignorance.

Microsoft is way ahead of Apple (as usual) and they can't stand it. But once they try it they will like it. They just won't ever admit it out loud.

Don't you mean iGnorance ?? :P :nuts:

(LTD said @ #1.4)

Well, think about it.

MS releases something new, amazing, that is supposed to help you explore, learn, share, create, buy, and more.

But it's not really for you, to use at your own convenience, wherever and whenever you choose.

Instead, they'll stick it in AT&T stores, then perhaps expand it to more AT&T stores, and then, possibly, hopefully, to other stores. And maybe, someday, they'll be everywhere.

But what do YOU get out of all this today? Tomorrow? Next month?

Desktops computers in general??? a couple of decades ago who had computers? that's how technology moves, it starts being used in business, then expanded, improved and mass produced and eventually it finds its way into our households. It wouldn't make sense economically to sell such an expensive product (for now) to the general public.

News flash for OP: Yes, innovation does happen a few hundred miles north of the Mothership.

What do you think they do up there, jump up and down on bouncy balls all day?

(okay that's what the Windows Live team does, I'll give you that one.)

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.

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.

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.

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...

(Esvandiary said @ #6.2)
No matter how many people call him on the trolling and how uninformed his comments are, he still carries on... :rolleyes:

Death, taxes and LTD's uninformed illogical ramblings.

You can't set a plate of fries and a Pepsi on your iPhone while looking at photos of your stupid kids or trollop of a wife.

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