My trip to the Microsoft Store and Microsoft Surface Hands On

So this post has been a long time coming. Late last year I was lucky enough to be able to visit the first ever Microsoft store in Scottsdale, AZ.

The store itself is pretty slick with Microsoft folks giving product demos, training classes, answering questions, and of course selling devices, software and games. There is a series of video screens (or one big screen actually) that wraps around the 3 non glass walls of the store (you can see this in the picture). The screen shows one giant integrated pictures (think of a living background) in addition to having individual video Windows near kiosks along the wall showing PC screens, Zune software and XBOX 360. But what really stole the show for me were the 4 Microsoft Surface tables in each corner of the store. I walked in the store I saw a few folks sitting in seats gathered around these tables, at first I was thinking they were simply coffee tables, but then I saw people interact with them. I started to get excited and went to the one Surface table that didn’t have a crowd around it. I walked up and saw the virtual water app running. I stroked my fingers across the surface and the water reacted exactly as you’d expect. I was almost surprised that my fingers weren’t wet. Yet, i knew there had to be more to play with and noticed a virtual button in one corner of the screen. I pressed it and my jaw just dropped. What appears before you is a table top with various apps, but using them is hard to describe. The words multitouch, speed and performance just don’t do this justice, it’s something you have to use. Even the videos on the Surface website don’t do it justice (except the ones showing object interaction…INSANE!!!) All ten of my fingers affected the water demo, in Bing maps i was able to zoom, rotate, etc, faster than I ever though possible. The virtual photo books worked just as you’d expect, actually even easier than I’d expect and I think that’s what caught me off guard the most. This thing is intuitive and it just works. I honestly think my grandparents would figure it out once they realized you could interact with a table top. I’ve used touch devices and multitouch devices before and there is simply no comparison to this. After watching some of the tech videos on the Surface site I understand why. Regardless, this tech is a really exciting possibility for the future and I can’t wait to see it in more places. Please go watch the videos, and if you have the chance actually use a device, do it, it’s a life changing experience.

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One comment on “My trip to the Microsoft Store and Microsoft Surface Hands On
  1. […] the store yet but it appears to follow the typical Microsoft Store layout. I was lucky enough to visit the first Microsoft Store in Scottsdale, AZ when it was the only one in existence and it’s an experience I won’t forget. It’s […]

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