Sinofsky uses Surface as a skateboard, Tony Hawk is jealous

Microsoft made a big deal of the fact that that when it decided to make its Surface tablet, it wanted to use materials that had not been used in previous touch screen computing products. So the company ended up using Vapor Magnesium for the case, along with Gorilla Glass 2.0 for the Surface touch screen.

Today, Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division, used his Twitter account to post two photos of him skateboarding in what looks like a shopping mall. The big reveal is that the "skateboard' is in fact the Surface tablet, with four wheels attached. In addition, the members of the media who got to check out the Surface first hand earlier this week reported that Sinofsky also stood up on a Surface made as a skateboard.

It certainly is a fun and effective way to show that the Surface tablet will take a lot of punishment. Microsoft is likely targeting audiences such as the heavy business traveler, who might normally use a laptop a lot to get some serious work done. Showing that the Surface can withstand a lot of wear and tear might convince some of them to trade in their laptop or even their iPad.

Via: Surface Evangelist
Source: Steven Sinofsky on Twitter  | Image via Steven Sinofsky

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Gaffney said,
Bit of a silly question but what is he wearing on his head, looks like no other helmet I've ever seen.

It's blurred but it looks like he used Surface as his helmet as well

It would have seemed even more impressive if it was Ballmer, instead of Sinofsky. True test of sturdiness.

FMH said,
It would have seemed even more impressive if it was Ballmer, instead of Sinofsky. True test of sturdiness.

Lol.. The skateboard would also probably be dripping of sweat.

underthebridge said,

Lol.. The skateboard would also probably be dripping of sweat.

Unsafe, Surface is slippery when wet

FMH said,
It would have seemed even more impressive if it was Ballmer, instead of Sinofsky. True test of sturdiness.

Hahaha +1

FMH said,
It would have seemed even more impressive if it was Ballmer, instead of Sinofsky. True test of sturdiness.

and water resistance!

It is not a shopping mall. 1) there are Win8 signs everywhere 2) there is a clock counting down to the release to Win8. 3) a simple bing search shows that the Post Alley Cafe is in Microsoft Commons.

cybertimber2008 said,
Let's see neowin do the same with an iPad.

No one has ever dared to try and make a skateboard out of a Nokia. It the wrong hands it could kill billions.

myxomatosis said,

They don't have to do stupid things like that to sell their tablets

Gluing them to the street or bashing them with a hammer is good enough.

myxomatosis said,

They don't have to do stupid things like that to sell their tablets


Because they couldn't. Apple aren't known for the durability of their products.

That is pretty funny, looking forward to these upcoming products, personally I would like to get a Pro, I hope it has equal build quality to this.

TheDisneyMagic said,
That is pretty funny, looking forward to these upcoming products, personally I would like to get a Pro, I hope it has equal build quality to this.

It uses the same build components.

Ishanx said,
Stay classy.

As an ad, this would more or less only work in the UK and Canada. Then again, I'm not so sure about the latter, since they made poutine...