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MS Surface SDK available later this month

updated 10:40 am EDT, Tue October 7, 2008

Surface SDK available soon

Microsoft will release the long-promised Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Surface tabletop computer at its Professional Developer Conference set to begin on October 27. according to a Tuesday report. Apart from distributing the SDK to developers other than current partners AT&T and Starwood hotels, both of whom have been using Surface computers in their retail and hotel locations, the software giant will hold a tutorial on how to take advantage of the new platform when writing Surface applications.

At the same time, Microsoft promises to show the similarities between the Surface SDK and the developer future for Windows 7, which also promises to bring with it multi-touch capabilities. At the session, Microsoft will also detail the Surface's vision-based object recognition and ScatterView controls that let text, photos and other objects to be moved around freely by dragging them across the screen. Both will be included in the SDK.

Microsoft's multi-touch interface is similar, though more advanced, than the interface used by Apple in its iPhone and iPod touch devices, where more than one contact point on the screen is supported. Where users of Apple's hardware can zoom in and out of images by pinching or expanding two fingers, Microsoft's interface allows for more than two contact points, such as multiple users dragging objects on the Surface display.

Apple first released the SDK for the iPhone and iPod touch this spring but has yet to do the same for a full desktop platform like that of Surface.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    Woohoo!

    And only a month after Apple cancels the NDA on their iPhone SDK....

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

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    Ever use an iPhone?

    "Microsoft’s multi-touch interface is similar, though more advanced, than the interface used by Apple in its iPhone and iPod touch devices, where more than one contact point on the screen is supported."

    You guys ever use an iPhone or have a look at the SDK? Maybe you should know something about what you write. The iPhone and iPod touch support multiple points of contact on the display.

  1. jhawk95

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    iPhone ImageTouch

    Yes, try the FREE (one-week only) ImageTouch app for the iPhone.

    It is awesome and supports multi-points touch NOW.. Not in 2010.

    I can move two pictures around the screen at the same time and even enlarge one as the other is moving.

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    +1

    MS Surface

    I happened to notice that ABC Network News is using the BAT for election demographics, specifically the electoral vote ma a couple nights ago.

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