Microsoft Surface demoed by Steve Ballmer at startup event

It's been over two months since Microsoft shocked the PC industry when it announced its plans to release the Surface for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Aside from a street art viral marketing campaign, the company has been pretty quiet about its plans for the Surface since that press event in Los Angeles.

Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paid a visit to RocketSpace, a San Fransisco-based technology startup accelerator, to promote Windows 8. He also brought over the Windows RT version of Surface. RocketSpace confirmed the sighting via Twitter.

Marijn Deurloo also posted up an image showing what looks very much like the Surface on his Twitter account. Another RocketSpace attendee, Eryc Branham, posted up a close up image of the Surface via Twitter.

The Official Microsoft BizSpark Twitter account also posted up word today that it will work with RocketSpace to create a Windows 8 app lab for startup companies. We will contact Microsoft to find out more about this plan.

As we have reported before, Microsoft plans to release the Windows RT version of Surface, with an NVIDIA Tegra processor, on October 26th alongside the launch of Windows 8. The Windows 8 Pro version of Surface, with an Intel processor inside, is scheduled to launch in late January.

Source: Surface Evangelist | Images via Marijn Deurloo and Eryc Branham

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wetworker said,
It's not a demo if video is not involved.

A demo is a demonstration. I don't see how a video is required for a demonstration. They are showing off a product to a group of people, to me, that is a demonstration.

Industry and big investors do not care about MSFT, the stock. At all. They've made that abundantly clear for several years.

Whether or not that posture is reasonable is a separate question. However, it does make MSFT stock price absolutely useless as an indicator of anything. MSFT will hover around 30 no matter how successful W8, WP8, XBox 720, and Surface may or may not be.

"t's been over two months since Microsoft shocked the PC industry when it announced its plans to release the Surface for Windows 8 and Windows RT. "

The industry was shocked?! Not judging by the Microsoft stock value

myxomatosis said,
"t's been over two months since Microsoft shocked the PC industry when it announced its plans to release the Surface for Windows 8 and Windows RT. "

The industry was shocked?! Not judging by the Microsoft stock value


I don't see how anyone could think that the industry was not shocked (yes, shocked) by that announcement...

Stock value is impacted by MANY other things than a product announcement... *sigh*

M_Lyons10 said,

I don't see how anyone could think that the industry was not shocked (yes, shocked) by that announcement...

Stock value is impacted by MANY other things than a product announcement... *sigh*

Windows Surface and Windows 8 are the new flagship product of MS. So, if the shareholders are not impacted then it says a lot.

I've been setting up a lot of IPads with "keyboards" and stupidly large "case covers", for a lot of grandma's lately.

Surface makes this excersize in bluetooth and keyboard battery-life on the ISore look in incredibly stupid. I can't freaking wait for this thing. I'm especially curious about the touchpad on it, since every single Windows based OEM can't seem to get it quite right. I will give them a pass on it, but that will really impress me if they get pinch to zoom right on this thing. And I shouldn't have to be impressed by that at this point, honestly.