Microsoft Surface is a vision based multi-touch platform which uses a combination of hardware and software to create a Natural User Interface (NUI). Microsoft Surface is basically part of – surface computing where gestures, objects, movements are used to enable interaction. Today's advance touch phones are also part of surface computing. Microsoft Surface 2.0 aims to provide a communication platform for people to interact, communicate, learn and decision making. The platform boasts of a 360 degree multiuser design.
Microsoft Surface supports 50-points of simultaneous interactions, most advanced touch phones support less than 10. Thus 5 people can interact simultaneously using all their fingers engaged. The new 40’’ Samsung SUR40 has taken the opportunity to bring this software into life and it can be used on the wall, as a table or entrenched in other furniture or fixtures.
One of the most unique feature of Microsoft Surface 2.o is Pixelsense. This technology enables pixels of Surface's screen themselves to act as cameras to capture objects placed on it. Thus if you place a paper on the screen, it will capture it, read it, analyze and even send it!
How PixelSense Works
Surface sets up a great platform where nothing can be limited but only the imagination of the user. People can realize this change in terms of interaction with others in the varying business ventures such as healthcare, retail, professional services, hospitality and public sector. Basic Microsoft Surface performs various operations like:-
- Planning and stimulating
- Transforming the shopping experience
- Communicating and connecting
- Connecting with the customers via pastimes and games
- Transforming learning into fun and entertainment
- Making content more engaging than the normal parameters
At the same time, Microsoft Surface 2.0 gives an opportunity to the user to manage the APIs and other tools for proper development of Surface applications. Some specific set of tools which differentiates Surface 2.0 from its predecessor Surface positively are:-
- Surface system
- API changes
- Application Registration
- Application migration tool
- Inertia and manipulations
- XNA HiDef Profile
- ElementMenu Control
- LibraryContainer Control
- Hardware capabilities
- Surface installers
- Surface controls
- Touch support
- Object routing and tags
- Visual studio integration
- User controls
Apart from new tools, there are some other changes in new Microsoft Surface. First of all, the screen is comparatively thinner with a thickness of 4’’. There is no additional need for a keyboard or mouse for setup and design. Spot staff can self-adjust various settings in terms of brightness, input source and volume.
With its enhanced configuration, people can make quick alterations to background pictures as well as settings without using code. They can also configure the required applications. This software can also be used in enterprise setting due to easily created Windows PowerShell scripts. Moreover, there is streamlined improvement for touch making it easier for Windows Touch devices in the system.
The basic Surface platform is ideal for any scenario where users want interact on a single device. The basic purpose of the Surface is to connect either the customers with information or devices to each-other. Users can use Windows 7 touch computer for fundamental creation or testing of touch oriented applications as Windows 7 Professional is supported by Surface. New Surface software development kit and platform software is based upon certain parameters like:-
- .NET Framework 4.0
- Microsoft XNA Framework 4.0
- Embedded Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- DMTF DASH support, Windows PowerShell and improved administration tools
- Windows Presentation Foundation 4.0.
There are different applications for both Microsoft Surface and Surface 2.0. Users also have an authority to modify some core applications as per the requirement. These core applications include Microsoft Surface Photos, Music, Water and Concierge. For technical scenarios, users can go for sample applications such as Games pack sample apps, Financial Services sample application, live stream code sample, Bluetooth connect code sample and mobile connect sample application. There are other Microsoft-certified applications which can be really beneficial for the users.
With the new Microsoft Surface 2.0 version, there are additional applications available, they are listed below:-
- Photos by AFTER-MOUSE
- Paint’Touch by AFTER-MOUSE
- The Voyages of Columbus by Aspect Software Inc
- Garibaldi by Brown University
- Digital Folio by Customer Solutions Group LLC
- Sonicspree by Ergonomidesign and Connecta
- The Wonder of Light: Touch & Learn by Infostrat at the Smithsonian Institution
- Royal Bank of Canada apps by Infusion
- IntuiFace Presentation by IntuiLab
- GmbH POI Explorer by LieberLieber Software
- Seven new Surface apps by nsquared
- DaVinci by Razorfish and many more.
Overall, Microsoft Surface 2.0 represents a new world of technology with advanced surface environment features and classic display of software applications.