Microsoft is gearing up to launch a “center of excellence” for its Surface platform and along with it will come the SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Surface. This update to the popular Surface interface will bring with it many new features and also some new hardware.
Microsoft has been publicly and privately showing off Surface 2.0 since way back at CES 2011. After being announced at MIX 2011, the Surface 2.0 SDK will be available on July 12. Microsoft is also adopting the “write once, touch anywhere” mentality, meaning that if you write an application for the Surface platform, it will also work on Windows 7 enabled touch devices.
There are many updates to the new platform including a new look. As Microsoft states, “Another area of investment that I should mention here is our new visual style. It is consistent with other Microsoft Products such as Zune and Windows Phone”. The look and feel encompasses the Metro design language that Microsoft has been employing across of all its products.
Microsoft is also not leaving out those who created applications for the first version of Surface. There will be a porting tool also available on July 12 for those looking to move applications from Surface V1 to V2.