Microsoft Surface SDK 2.0 coming July 12

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.

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Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
raise your hand if you have a MS Surface device!

With the rate the prices of these are dropping and how they're making them thinner etc I can see, specially with Win8's touch centric UI and other UI changes in the works at MS I could see a day when they'll sell a custom "desktop" that's actually a Desk top table and you use it with your hands fully etc. When the price is around $2k then hell, why not?

boumboqc said,
these devices will never exist in everyday life.

It already does, just not in the home. It was never marketed as a consumer device.

Max Norris said,

It already does, just not in the home. It was never marketed as a consumer device.

But it will be. Prices will continue to drop, and then we'll eventually all have "big-assed coffee table" computers.

boumboqc said,
Yeah Yeah...
these devices will never exist in everyday life.
I heard it was raining chicken outside ?

Did you see the new thin version? It's certainly headed in that direction over the next several years.

boumboqc said,
Yeah Yeah...
these devices will never exist in everyday life.
I heard it was raining chicken outside ?

These surface apps can all run on a standard Windows 7 touch screen PC (and even non touch screen ones with some cavets). Heck, I wrote a copy of the Windows 8 Start screen using the surface SDK a month ago, runs brilliantly on my non-touch screen Windows 7 PC

~Johnny said,

These surface apps can all run on a standard Windows 7 touch screen PC (and even non touch screen ones with some cavets). Heck, I wrote a copy of the Windows 8 Start screen using the surface SDK a month ago, runs brilliantly on my non-touch screen Windows 7 PC

That just shows how flexible the APIs are and also how pretty much most things can transition over to surface and be used as well without much issue.

boumboqc said,
Yeah Yeah...
these devices will never exist in everyday life.
I heard it was raining chicken outside ?

they have these at RBC banks in canada..

We have 2 of them right now at the office, one in our executive boardroom, and another in our IT department. They are used constantly and we are waiting in anticipation of the release of the new updates. We also submitted several new ideas that we had asked to be included and hopefully will see some of these changes as well.

If I could afford one of these for our family room at home, I'd have one in a heartbeat, but they are still too far out of the typical family households income to become widespread.

Sethalos said,
We have 2 of them right now at the office, one in our executive boardroom, and another in our IT department. They are used constantly and we are waiting in anticipation of the release of the new updates. We also submitted several new ideas that we had asked to be included and hopefully will see some of these changes as well.

If I could afford one of these for our family room at home, I'd have one in a heartbeat, but they are still too far out of the typical family households income to become widespread.

What's the price right now btw?

GP007 said,

What's the price right now btw?

Roughly $13k USD (bare bones) For Version 1...new Version 2 is supposed to be around 8k - 10k.

Sethalos said,

Roughly $13k USD (bare bones) For Version 1...new Version 2 is supposed to be around 8k - 10k.

For the home it'll have to drop to $5k at the most I think.

GP007 said,

For the home it'll have to drop to $5k at the most I think.


I agree. I heard v.2 is $ 7,500, so maybe v.3 will be around $ 5. I would get one. Lol

I wish more retail businesses would get some Surface tables in their stores. I've seen some case studies, but I haven't spotted one around Houston.

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