Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

Summary: The Microsoft Surface 2.0, known as the Samsung SUR40, isn't going to be out in 2011, after all. Samsung has pushed back availability to January 2012.

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The Samsung SUR40 Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop unveiled by Microsoft in January 2011 won't be available for purchase until January 2012.

Microsoft officials have been promising for months that the next-generation version of its Surface system would be available for purchase in 23 countries before the end of 2011. I had heard from some Surface developers there were some issues with the software powering the devices. But when I contacted Samsung, the OEM making the Surface 2.0 devices, via e-mail, I was told on October 12 that the SUR40 is now officially a January 2012 deliverable.

(I've asked Microsoft officials for more on any possible software issues affecting product availability and will add an update if and when one is provided.)

The Surface 2.0, expected to be priced around $7,600, can be used as a table, a wall-mountable and/or vertical/horizontal kiosk. It features a 40-inch HD 1080p screen and is four inches thin (including the glass, PC and enclosure).

The Surface 2.0 runs an embedded version of 64-bit Windows 7 Professional.Microsoft introduced a software-development kit for the Surface 2.0 in July 2011.

Microsoft officials have been touting the potential appeal of the Surface 2.0, alongside the Xbox and Kinect, in healthcare, among other verticals.

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Microsoft, Samsung, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

    They should have use this tech fo windows 8
    Randalllind
  • Get ready to be sued by Apple

    This is a rectangular multi-touch device, get ready for Apple's lawsuit. Apple just needs to photoshop it so it looks like it has the same dimensions as the iPad.
    toddybottom
    • We were there first... but who cares.

      @toddybottom MS was demoing this when Jobs still had the IPHONE 1 prototype in his pocket.
      JimmyFal
      • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

        @JimmyFal
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    • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

      @toddybottom

      In case anyone forgets, or everyone in the media purposely forget: this is the first device using multi-touch. HTC Touch was the first touch smartphone. Just what kind of innovation the ish*t has to itself?
      jk_10
    • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

      @toddybottom

      Good luck to them on that. It's documented well that MS started working on this technology back in 2001, well before iPhone or iPad.
      tdasherjr
      • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

        @tdasherjr

        Surface computing is not a MS invention.

        "Early work in this area was done at the University of Toronto, Alias Research, and MIT.[3] Surface work has included customized solutions from vendors such as GestureTek, Applied Minds for Northrop Grumman,[4]. Major computer vendor platforms are in various stages of release: the iTable by PQLabs,[5] Linux MPX,[6], the Ideum MT-50, and Microsoft Surface."

        AT&T was the first of Surface Computing.
        alawishis
    • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

      @toddybottom
      HAHAHA WIN!
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  • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

    Mary<br>Sorry to be nitpicking, it is 2011 not 201 at the end of first line in the second paragraph<br>>>Microsoft officials have been promising for months that the next-generation version of its Surface system would be available for purchase in 23 countries before the end of 201. <br><br>I am again sorry to bring this up. This is a good news with projected date of delivery, eventhough I am little disappointed.
    Ram U
  • Looks pretty cool

    The first Surface looked like a joke. This looks like MS got some serious design engineers working on it.
    Bruizer
  • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

    I don't like delays, but I don't like bugs more...
    Surface is cool, actually its awesome... magical...
    Aint got the money to make it my coffee table, but it is some thing that should lie in every home... just like the PC did...
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  • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

    Let me know when they cost about ??500 and Ill be more interested, probably a decade away at least, hey in 20 years time we will all have these or iSurface in our dining rooms.
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  • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

    Let me know when these are ??1000 and I will be more interested, in a decade atleast, but in 20 years time we will all have these, or iSurface in our dining rooms, just throwing that one out there.
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  • RE: Microsoft Surface 2.0 multi-touch tabletop availability pushed back to January 2012

    The next BIG THING after surface computing will be wearable computers. Work has been going on in this field for nearly 20 years. Google already has a patent for a hard drive in your underpants and Apple have discovered a handy place to keep your stylus.
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