Ars Technica (who I love reading by the way) have a surprising piece on kids using Microsoft Surface. Surprising because it seems as though the writer has only just cottoned on to the fact that Microsoft is making a big push into the education sector.
For those interest I covered some of the Surface developments on my personal blog here back in January. Last year August de los Reyes (he’s the Principal Experience Architect behind the Surface) spoke at Web Directions about the approach Microsoft are taking with Surface. His interview with Sitepoint back in October gives a good overview of where Surface is headed, in particular the embracing of emotion.
Little surprise then that kids are a captive audience. Get children working cooperatively on education tasks and you’ve got a winning combination.
Microsoft has been quietly pushing Surface, and making it available in more countries is just part of the plan. The Surface is a sleeper, and it won’t start making a big impact until late this year (in my opinion). It’s funny how Microsoft often gets accused of being behind the 8 ball when it comes to things like touch and user interface. But keep in mind that Surface has been around for years now. It’s effect on the technology landscape has been underappreciated.
With only a few hurdles left to remove (ie the whopping $15K price tag for starters, the difficulty of getting access to the Surface SDK for developers for another), there’s plenty of opportunity awaiting those brave enough to jump on board.
Here’s how to purchase one if you are really keen.