Flat future for Microsoft's Surface?

Flat future for Microsoft's Surface?

Summary: The tabletop PC may not be a new idea but Microsoft deserves some credit for at least appearing to innovate

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Whether you think it's just another Microsoft gimmick doomed to go the way of the Smart Display and other failed hardware ideas, or a genuinely interesting attempt at innovation from a company seeking to reinvent itself, Milan, or Surface as it's officially known, is certainly pretty to look at.

The jury seems to be out on how useful Surface actually is outside of a niche market of casinos and restaurants, but the cost will have to come down from its $10,000 (£5,021) price tag if the eventual product family is going to attract consumers and businesses in any kind of numbers.

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  • Meh...

    Make it flat and portable (not a bathtub), make it a quarter of the price and, perhaps most importantly, make it not run windows. It might just go somewhere then.

    Also, can someone please explain exactly how it is able to interact with credit cards given the only way it has to recognise objects is using the barcode printed on them...?
    longmover