Feeds

Surface surfaces in Europe

The touch-sensitive coffee table is here

Boost IT visibility and business value

Surface - the touchscreen table that got everyone talking when first announced by Microsoft back in 2007 - is now available to buy in the UK.

Microsoft_surface_001

Surface is now available to punters around Europe

The interactive coffee table has been available in the US since mid-2008. However, Microsoft said this week at the CeBit trade fair in Germany that Surface is now available in Europe's major economies.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, Surface’s appeal lies in its ability to respond and interact with hand gestures and the placement of physical objects onto its 30in top. It doesn’t require a mouse or keyboard.

Surface has already shown up in several high-profile roles. In Keanu Reeves’ recent apocalyptic flick The Day The Earth Stood Still, for example, the US government used the table as a way of studying the alien-cum-human Klaatu, played by Reeves.

Car firm BMW has also developed a touch-sensitive showroom system - based on Surface - that helps to guide Beemer buyers through the process of purchasing a shiny new motor.

An exact European price hasn’t been seen yet, but some reports have claimed Surface will cost in the region of €11,000 (£9800/$13,800). ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST
You can never wipe supermarket slab clean enough
Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all
Chipzilla's 'cool' 14nm part to hit market this year
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.