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Surface Overview



A device made for Microsoft Surface provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. In essence, it's a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. In restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live. For a video that shows a device made for Surface in use, see What Is Surface.

Different interactions with a Surface

The Microsoft Bing application on Surface

A device made for Surface has a large, wide-screen, high-definition display in a table-like form factor that's easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar. Surface can recognize many simultaneous movements such as touch and gestures and can recognize unique objects that have identification tags (similar to bar codes).

Using tagged objects

A Surface application that uses tagged objects

Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday content, from photos to maps to menus. The intuitive user interface works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, so people can interact with content and information by using their hands and natural movements. Users can access information either on their own or collaboratively with their friends and families, unlike any other experience available today.

Multiple simultaneous touches

Using natural, intuitive gestures to interact directly with content

To learn more about Surface and what people encounter when they interact with a device made for Surface, see the following sections:

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