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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Visit to Microsoft IDC Lab - Surface 2.0

During my last month’s visit to Microsoft IDC at Hydrabad, I got a chance to visit Microsoft lab and could experience the newest innovation of Surface Computing which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about in his keynote at CES in Las Vegas on 6th Jan 2011. I would like to share with you the next evolution of Surface computing – Version 2.0. Surface unit is no more a bulky box but just a few inches thick and can be placed on table, hung on a wall or clubbed with other furnishing. Here is a brief list of improvements and new capabilities of Surface.

Slim device. The new hardware is 4 inches thin.
A richer visual experience. With the rich color saturation from a full HD display and a larger screen, Surface offers a compelling, immersive visual experience that draws people in.
A vision-based touch experience. With PixelSense™, Microsoft Surface sees and responds to touch and real world objects.
Touch-enabled from start to finish. With Windows 7 and Surface 2.0 , there is no need for a keyboard and mouse for setup and configuration.
New Quick Controls. Venue staff can adjust basic settings like volume, brightness, and input source.
More customization options. An improved configuration utility means you can quickly make changes to background images, configure applications, and modify settings without getting into code.
Easier remote administration. Power shell scripts are easy to use and create, so Surface can be deployed in an enterprise setting.
Streamlined development for touch. The Microsoft Surface 2.0 platform makes development easier with applications that run on Microsoft Windows 7 touch devices and with enhanced capabilities on the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.

Here is video on Surface 2.0 in healthcare where clinicians collaborate with patient information:

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