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Microsoft and AT&T to introduce Surface-based devices on April 17

Microsoft Surface (opens in new tab) has been one of the more innovative products to come out of Microsoft's research labs; the software company has announced yesterday, April 1st, that it will collaborate with AT&T to seed Microsoft Surface devices in selected AT&T stores.

The Surface is a 30-inch table-like display that gives individuals or multiple people the opportunity to interact with devices and content in a way that feels familiar - by using touch, gestures and placement of devices on the display and is Microsoft's first commercially available surface/horizontal computer.

AT&T aims to use the Surface to give its retail store visitors the opportunity to learn about other electronics devices; the interactive touch displays, which will work without a traditional mouse or keyboard, will allow customers to learn, explore and customise electronic devices with particular emphasis on mobile phones.

Microsoft has not published any formal release dates when the Surface would be available in high street computer stores like PC World.

Dutch-based consumer electronics specialist Philips also have a similar concept that they call Entertaible which aims more at traditional gamers but which utilise the same technology (large LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detection).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.