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Microsoft Surface Products Overview

There are three types of Microsoft Surface products.

Commercial Units with Microsoft Surface Runtime

Microsoft Surface commercial units are designed to be placed in venues where users can interact with them. The commercial unit includes the Microsoft Surface Runtime 1.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) software, Windows Vista Business operating system with SP1, and all other software that is required to run Microsoft Surface touch-enabled applications.

The commercial unit is available with black acrylic panels for the sides of the unit.

Developer Units with Microsoft Surface SDK

Microsoft Surface developer units are designed for developers who are designing and building touch-enabled applications and IT professionals who are deploying and administering multiple Surface commercial units in the field.

A developer unit includes the Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1 software, Windows Vista Business with SP1, and all other software that is required to develop and test Microsoft Surface applications. This unit also includes a calibration board and two sheets of byte tags for making tagged objects.

The developer units include black acrylic panels on the sides of the unit.

Developer Microsoft Surface units include a Start Here guide to help you get started with the unit. You can also download an electronic copy of the Start Here guide.

Microsoft Surface SDK for Workstations

You can also install Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition, on a separate workstation. You can then use the included Surface Simulator application to develop and test Microsoft Surface touch-enabled applications without needing a Microsoft Surface unit. Surface Simulator replicates the behavior of a Microsoft Surface unit on a computer.

To use the Microsoft Surface SDK on a workstation, you must have the appropriate hardware and software. To learn more about the requirements and download Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition, see the Setting Up a Development Environment article.

For more information about how to develop Microsoft Surface touch-enabled applications, see the Microsoft Surface SDK documentation.

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