- Title: USA: Microsoft launches multi-touch surface computer
- Date: 1st June 2007
- Summary: (L!1) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 30, 2007) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWRENCE HARRIS, OPPENHEIMER VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: "If you're Microsoft, you're looking to add your computing capability to a wide variety of applications. And to the extent that you can have screens at different places, for different uses, certainly over the long term that would help drive demand for Microsoft operating systems and other software."
- Embargoed: 16th June 2007 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Science / Technology
- Reuters ID: LVABLG9D2K7NJ7WTZS59R7MXDQ9P
- Story Text: Microsoft Corporation unveiled this week a coffee-table-shaped "surface computer" where the mouse and keyboard are replaced by more natural interaction using voice, pen and touch.
The 30-inch display screen is mounted under a plastic tabletop and can be used, among other things, to order from a virtual menu, finger paint, share digital photos, and get information on everyday objects. And, unlike most personal computers, many people can use the Surface at the same time.
The new design is a major step towards co-founder Bill Gates's view of the future of computing.
"When I put my fingers on, there's a camera that recognises where I'm touching. In fact, I can touch at different places at any side of the table. So it's a Windows personal computer, but with this new surface capability," said Gates.
The computer will initially cost 5,000 to 10,000 U.S. dollars. Microsoft says that in 3 to 5 years, the shape and pricetag will become more consumer-friendly.
Microsoft is best known for its Office and Windows software, and the Surface could potentially spread use of those systems, Oppenheimer Vice President Lawrence Harris said.
"If you're Microsoft, you're looking to add your computing capability to a wide variety of applications. And to the extent that you can have screens at different places, for different uses, certainly over the long term that would help drive demand for Microsoft operating systems and other software," Harris said.
Microsoft said it will manufacture the machine itself and sell it initially to corporate customers, deploying the first units in November in Sheraton hotels, Harrah's casinos, T-Mobile stores and restaurants.
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