If youre part of a company which is enrolled in the Microsoft Partner program, and you are lusting for the ability to try out Microsofts Surface SDK, your wish is now granted. According to Ars Technica, Microsoft has opened up the SDK to three different levels of Partners, each with bigger benefits than the tier below it.
To get access to it, youll have to join what Microsoft is calling the Surface QuickStart Program, which has the three aforementioned tiers; the lowest are called Microsoft Surface Community Members, a step above that are called the Surface Partners and the highest level are Strategic Partners. Weve included a chart below detailing the benefits, thanks to Ars Technica. Please note the Partners level is the one in which the SDK is offered, and above; Community Members arent allowed.
If your company is not already a Microsoft Partner, then youll have to go through the following steps to become one:
If you do get a chance to test this out, please fire back in the comments on how it goes.
Neowin took a look at a bunch of Surface applications at Microsofts PDC 08, heres the kind of applications you can create: