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Microsoft Turns the Surface Tablet Into a Skateboard

By - Source: Steven Sinofsky (Twitter) | B 27 comments

That's an interesting mod.

There's been a lot of Microsoft Surface talk this week. Between the upcoming release, pricing, pre-orders, and a brand new TV ad, it's clearly all go in Redmond. However, just because you're on the verge of launching a brand new operating system, a new version of your mobile OS, and two new tablets, doesn't mean you can't let loose and have a little fun, eh?

It seems Stephen Sinofsky has himself a new toy. Actually, his new toy has been fashioned out of Microsoft's new toy. The president of Microsoft's Windows division yesterday tweeted the following picture along with the caption: "Couldn't resist taking it out for a spin..." In case you can't make it out, Sinofsky is riding what appears to be a Surface skateboard.

  

Sinofsky posted one other image, a closer view of the skateboard, soon after, but has yet to provide any information on how it came to be. Perhaps Microsoft was trying to test the strength of the tablet. Perhaps they'll all gone a bit bonkers under the pressure. Whatever the reason, we're hoping there's video out there somewhere.

 

Microsoft's Surface will launch on October 26, along with Windows 8.

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    mcd023 , October 17, 2012 4:46 PM
    I doubt any other manufacturer will do that to one of their tablets. Hey, let's stand on it!
    I started freaking out when I saw the Surface ad were everyone was throwing them around and catching them with the magnetic keyboards. I was like, "Ah! You're insane!" But, it seems that I was just a scaredy cat.
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    neon871 , October 17, 2012 5:36 PM
    I'm waiting for the Dinner table tablet you can eat off of and play Crysis 3 while you are eating. :p 
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    mcd023 , October 17, 2012 4:46 PM
    I doubt any other manufacturer will do that to one of their tablets. Hey, let's stand on it!
    I started freaking out when I saw the Surface ad were everyone was throwing them around and catching them with the magnetic keyboards. I was like, "Ah! You're insane!" But, it seems that I was just a scaredy cat.
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    spookie , October 17, 2012 4:53 PM
    At least we know that it is truly a multi purpose Tablet
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    belardo , October 17, 2012 5:05 PM
    The tosses tablets were CG.
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    digiex , October 17, 2012 5:22 PM
    More publicity please... near the threshold of puking.
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    killerclick , October 17, 2012 5:27 PM
    Hmm, let's see
    - Tegra 3 (like the $200 Nexus 7)
    - 1366x768 (1/3 pixels of the new iPad)
    - less than 8 hours battery life (according to their own specs sheet)
    - few apps (most at beta stage)
    - costs $500 (without the touch cover)...

    No wonder they're trying to distract customers with dancing and skateboards. I would buy it if they distracted me with Ballmer's head on a pike.
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    neon871 , October 17, 2012 5:36 PM
    I'm waiting for the Dinner table tablet you can eat off of and play Crysis 3 while you are eating. :p 
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    freggo , October 17, 2012 5:53 PM
    Cool; are the wheels standard or extra ?
    Different color option? Powered wheels?

    I'd like those spinner wheels please; they are soooo cool :-)

    /SARCASM
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    chomlee , October 17, 2012 6:12 PM
    Pricing is going to be key. If the lowest price tablet is $500.00, it is going to be very difficult for microsoft to get into the market. It seems they priced windows 8 right by allowing users to have a $39 upgrade and the fact that it looks like it will be fully integrating to the PC is great. Microsoft has alot riding on this but the right moves could open the doors to other things.

    For example: I will eventually upgrade my PC to windows 8. If I can get a cheap windows tablet, I could sell my android tablet and get a surface tablet. Then when my phone contract comes up (if I happen to really like the Metro UI), I could possibly get a windows phone. Then, when then next generation of consoles come out I would probably favor the microsoft console simply because of the integration (I currently own a PS3).

    So technically, microsoft has the ability to sell me 4 different items but the main deciding factor will be the quality of the OS and how integral it is to other devices, and the price of the tablet.
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    dimar , October 17, 2012 6:14 PM
    Strap some rocket engine to it, and the setup will be complete.
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    nebun , October 17, 2012 6:19 PM
    such stupidity
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 6:27 PM
    possibly because he knows its a POS?? lol
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    chomlee , October 17, 2012 6:28 PM
    Ok, looks like I haven't been up on the times. The prices have been released and it is going to be $500 for the base model. That certainly does not make me want to run out and get one and at that price it would really need to be spectacular to attract alot of attention. I do know some of the hardcore pc users will actuallly opt for the total solution of the high end Core i5 model but those numbers are miniscule compared to the average pc/tablet user.
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    SinisterSalad , October 17, 2012 6:46 PM
    A true tablet for those on-the-go. *rimshot*
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 17, 2012 7:15 PM
    Heh, Nvidia-colored wheels to match the Tegra 3. :p 
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    c4v3man , October 17, 2012 7:32 PM
    Is it just me, or does it look like a standard skateboard (wood or some other material) with the Surface merely buy into a cut-out in the middle? Hardly seems like the test of strength they make it out to be.

    See the matte surface at the top and bottom of the skateboard. The surface is the shiny part embedded in the middle.
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    Teslarifle , October 17, 2012 8:13 PM
    A Surface Skateboard...."Surfboard"? A new way to 'surf' the web =P
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    abbadon_34 , October 17, 2012 8:19 PM
    next: Tony Hawk does tricks on a cgi tablets
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 1:15 AM
    spookieAt least we know that it is truly a multi purpose Tablet



    On the Pro, just run Prime95 and you have a portable hot plate.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2012 3:14 AM
    with all of the money Microsoft has you would think they would have used a better camera to take those blurry as hell pictures! must have been a windows phone taking them hahahahahaha!!!!! EPIC FAIL!!!!
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