Microsoft Surface spotted in the wild

Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky (or someone who resembles him, we cannot confirm it is actually Sinofsky) was spotted recently testing the Microsoft Surface in a restaurant. It is unclear if it was the Windows RT Surface or the Surface Pro. It is said that he was not willing to comment on the product and we have no other information to go on at this time. 

The Microsoft Surface RT is expected to hit retail shelves the same time as Windows 8 GA, which is October 26th. Seeing as that timeframe is not that far off and that advertisements for the product are already hitting the streets (literally), the Surface will be here before we know it. 

You can clearly see in the picture the kickstand that is affixed to the back of the Surface and the blue cover that also acts as a keyboard in the image. Also, it appears that Modern UI IE10 app is open as you can see what looks like the search/url bar at the bottom of the image.

While the picture might not be brand new, even though the date on the photo shows it was uploaded 7 minutes ago (but it does appear to be 30 days old), it is still one of the few shots where we have seen the Surface outside of Microsoft's corporate offices.

Take it for what you want, it's still a picture of the Surface, in action, which is about the most we have seen of the tablet since it was unveiled back in June. 

Source: Facebook

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ewww looks like one of those shady gas station cafes.... ewww he'd better disinfect good. yuuuuck.


now if he would go to applebee's it would be so much better... LOL

Shane Nokes said,
That's Kidd Valley near the main campus. Nice place to snag a burger & fries...awesome, awesome garlic fries.

I know I've read that Bill Gates had a favorite burger joint near the campus, wonder if that's it?

It is bad enough that inconsiderate people use cellphones and smartphones inappropriately in restaurants. Now, the rest of us have to suffer when tablets start showing up. What ever happened to common courtesy and the consideration of the rights of others?

TsarNikky said,
It is bad enough that inconsiderate people use cellphones and smartphones inappropriately in restaurants. Now, the rest of us have to suffer when tablets start showing up. What ever happened to common courtesy and the consideration of the rights of others?

And how in your eyes is somebody using a tablet being inconsiderate and discourteous to others in the restaurant? Now if he was playing sounds/music loudly that would be one thing, but this article makes no mention of any sound whatsoever. So I ask again, what business is it of yours or other restaurant customers if he uses a tablet in the privacy of his own table?

TCLN Ryster said,

And how in your eyes is somebody using a tablet being inconsiderate and discourteous to others in the restaurant? Now if he was playing sounds/music loudly that would be one thing, but this article makes no mention of any sound whatsoever. So I ask again, what business is it of yours or other restaurant customers if he uses a tablet in the privacy of his own table?


It might be acceptable in a fast-food type of place, as shown in the pictures. But...in a nice, possibly upscale restaurant, where one is paying for embience, hardly.

Wonder whether they'll ask other employees to use Surface in public as a preliminary promotional move alongside with the graffiti ads. Picture is rare, seeing something like this doesn't happen often

gregalto said,
Cool to see MS dogfooding the surface...thanjks for posting.

I got an idea, ill sit in a cafe on the Surface whilst we pay someone to take a photo and post it somewhere and let the internet go crazy!

SuperKid said,

I got an idea, ill sit in a cafe on the Surface whilst we pay someone to take a photo and post it somewhere and let the internet go crazy!

Better than "leaking" a picture of a non-standard USB cable to let the Internet go crazy

No, you have it wrong. Give the surface to an employee, who then goes to a bar, gets drunk, leaves the surface at the bar. Then when some schmuck finds it, have MS and the police raid his house without a warrant and take his stuff.

nohone said,

Better than "leaking" a picture of a non-standard USB cable to let the Internet go crazy

Timan said,
He sure looks happy to be using that........

Well you don't need to be jumping up and down doing cartwheels. Plus I don't think he wants much attention as hes probably the only one with a Surface right now.

Timan said,
He sure looks happy to be using that........

If he is sinofsky he is probably thinking about his failure while showing off Internet Explorer on surface keynote date

Timan said,
He sure looks happy to be using that........

That's probably got more to do with the person invading his privacy by taking photographs of him and asking him about his device while he's trying to have a quiet drink, bite to eat and play on his surface.

TCLN Ryster said,

That's probably got more to do with the person invading his privacy by taking photographs of him and asking him about his device while he's trying to have a quiet drink, bite to eat and play on his surface.

Or realistically, he's depressed he's using windows 8.

S3P€hR said,

If he is sinofsky he is probably thinking about his failure while showing off Internet Explorer on surface keynote date

Just like when Perceptive Pixel demo failed because of the IE freeze bug, just like how Windows 8 RP demo failed because of the IE lag, just like all Windows 8 demo's failed when they open IE

Timan said,

Or realistically, he's depressed he's using windows 8.

Considering he's largely responsible for it, I doubt it.