Surface 2.0


Microsoft has shown the new Surface table at the CES show.

The new device is able to be either horizontal or vertical (v 1.0 was horizontal only), is coming with Windows 7 loaded on an AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz and a GPU AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series.

The screen is 40 inches (16:9) while the table is 4 inches tick, made out of Gorilla glass.  This includes everything:  the cameras, computer, etc.  .  So this is a huge difference compare to the first version of the table!

If you want one in your leaving room, you’ll only need to fork $US 7600.

I’ve worked with the Surface 1.0.  The company I was working for, a Microsoft Partner, was trying to find ways to use the Surface table to help customers.  Above easily doing very attractive applications, we never found a customer interested to invest in it.  The problems we did hit were:

  • The price ($10K-$20K / table) per unit was too high
  • There was not enough applications available (no ecosystem), which meant the customer had to heavily invest in custom development
  • Different logistic problems:  the table was too small to realistically work many around it, the horizontal position meant it wasn’t comfortable to work for a long period of time around it (imagine watching a TV on the floor), etc.

The new table addresses some of the issue:  the price tag is lower, the dimension are better and it can sit straight.  The ecosystem is probably still quite sparse though.

The only interested customers we found were after a marketing device and for those application the new table might actually do the trick and hit the sweet spot.

Before you see the table on your financial planner desk (as seen in Surface demos), you might have to age a little though!

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