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Now That the Surface is a Tablet, What's the Table Called?

By - Source: via TechCrunch | B 19 comments

A new name for an old product.

Last night Microsoft took the wraps of the first of its own-brand tablets. Microsoft took the name for these devices from its touchscreen table dubbed Surface. Now that the name has been re-purposed, you might be wondering what Microsoft plans to do with the massive touchscreen table.

 

Well, the good news is that the original Surface device is not dead. Though Redmond apparently has no intention of allowing the touchscreen table to keep the Surface name, the touchscreen table isn't being nixed just yet. However, it is getting a new name.

TechCrunch points towards a little footnote at the bottom of surface.com intended to aid lost souls that arrived at the URL in search of Microsoft's smart table.

"Looking for the Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft Pixelsense? Visit www.pixelsense.com," the note reads.

A peek at pixelsense.com reveals that this is the new home for the old 40-inch Microsoft Surface table and there's barely any mention of the Surface branding. Right at the bottom of the 'How to Buy' section, you'll find a mention of the old Surface table:

"Please note that we are no longer selling Microsoft Surface 1.0 hardware. We may be able to help you locate a replacement or rental system. Please contact the Business Desk for more information. Existing customers, please visit Microsoft Surface 1.0 support for additional resources."

So the original Surface has been discontinued, but Microsoft and Samsung continue to sell the newest version of the table on a commercial basis under the PixelSense name. It's worth noting that the Surface 1.0 didn't have Microsoft's PixelSense technology nor was Samsung part of its creation. Surface 1.0 was Microsoft hardware and software and relied rear projection DLP with cameras to capture users' interactions. The Samsung SUR40 with PixelSense was announced in early 2011 and started shipping earlier this year and starts at $8400.

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    biggestinsect , June 19, 2012 7:53 PM
    How about Surface Maximus?
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    JMcEntegart , June 19, 2012 8:00 PM
    biggestinsectHow about Surface Maximus?


    Another missed opportunity.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 19, 2012 8:26 PM
    Counter or something....

    Wouldn't mind getting one and putting Pac Man, Centiped, Galaga, on it like the old table tops.
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  • 20 Hide
    biggestinsect , June 19, 2012 7:53 PM
    How about Surface Maximus?
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    JMcEntegart , June 19, 2012 8:00 PM
    biggestinsectHow about Surface Maximus?


    Another missed opportunity.
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    shardey , June 19, 2012 8:14 PM
    I have always been interested in this table and always thought it would of been an intellectual piece of property if it was integrated into a desk, such as the Exodesk.
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    Netherscourge , June 19, 2012 8:20 PM
    Maybe it could replace the old Xerox Photocopy machine at office Christmas parties? Instead of the hot office chick who drinks too much jumping up on the Xerox machine making photocopies of her bare ass, she can hop up on the Surface Table bare-assed and stream it LIVE over the internets!!!

    -ANOTHER missed opportunity.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 19, 2012 8:26 PM
    Counter or something....

    Wouldn't mind getting one and putting Pac Man, Centiped, Galaga, on it like the old table tops.
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    wlachan , June 19, 2012 8:33 PM
    If you can't make it great, make it big!!
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    jhansonxi , June 19, 2012 8:40 PM
    I'm unsure if they're trying to use the table's name for PR reasons (was it that popular?) or their marketing department couldn't come up with anything better so they decided to confuse the market more.
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    NightLight , June 19, 2012 8:46 PM
    iKEA is gonna get a lawsuit soon :p 
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    freggo , June 19, 2012 9:36 PM
    Let me guess; all with 1920x1080 resolution...
  • 0 Hide
    ltdementhial , June 19, 2012 10:01 PM
    i just saw this reading this article...so funny and true:

    i dont know how to post img's so

  • 0 Hide
    furylicious , June 19, 2012 11:37 PM
    Apple lawsuit in 3... 2... 1....
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    koga73 , June 19, 2012 11:37 PM
    we have two surface 1.0 tables at work... they just sit around and collect dust.
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    Marthian , June 20, 2012 12:35 AM
    Hey, cool! A table for tabletop Role Playing Games!
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    s3anister , June 20, 2012 12:37 AM
    I get the feeling that were this an Apple device, they would have just re-branded it the iSurface.
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    kcorp2003 , June 20, 2012 1:04 AM
    they should put these in the high tech arcade shops and have games available for them. be great if hologram goes it. i can see some sleek games being build for it. However this piece of tech current state would be useful in hospitals in a vertical lay out. and maybe replace MTA map-boards (NYC) with one of this with real time traffic for commuters. perhaps shopping malls too.
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    Haserath , June 20, 2012 1:35 AM
    Mr. T approves of the double T table.
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    sporkimus , June 20, 2012 1:04 PM
    Drop the price of the Surface table to around $1000-1400 and it honestly would be a big seller. I would love to have one of these in my home.
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    dark_lord69 , June 20, 2012 3:57 PM
    I always thought that the future of dinning is OLED paper screens as menus or the whole table being a menu.
    The cool thing with the table/menu idea would be that you can page your waitress and never get bad service again. Empty drink? Just press the page waitress button on your tablet/table.
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    eddieroolz , June 20, 2012 6:01 PM
    sporkimusDrop the price of the Surface table to around $1000-1400 and it honestly would be a big seller. I would love to have one of these in my home.


    As nice as that would be, I believe Microsoft does not intend this formerly called Surface product to be a consumer one. Rather, it's aimed at enterprise.