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May 31, 2007

Microsoft Surface

photograph of Microsoft Surface

A couple of years ago at the TED and ETech Conferences, NYU computer scientist Jeff Han wowed the crowds with his demo of his elegant and powerful touchscreen computer interface. (Watch a video of Han's TED Conference presentation).

Now Microsoft is going to bring a touch-interface computer system to market. They're calling it Surface, and their initial plan is to build the system into a futuristic minimalist coffee table, suitable for bars, restaurants, etc.

God knows Microsoft has had a mixed record when it comes to hardware, but I really hope this does well. Just because the whole desktop and folder metaphor thing has become the dominant was in which we all interact with computers, there's no reason to think it's the only possible way.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at May 31, 2007 11:13 PM