Microsoft's Surface Table in San Antonio AT&T Stores
Being a native San Antonian, I’m happy to hear that the AT&T stores in my home town will be one of the 4 cities to carry Microsoft’s Surface Table. Luckily I live in San Francisco which happens to be on the list along with NYC and Atlanta.
Here is a AT&T Surface demo:
Here is a T-mobile Surface demo:
The story was presented today on Gizmodo and Engadget. I wonder if this had anything to do with Microsoft’s presence in San Antonio? MS announced in January 2007 that they would be building a Data Center in San Antonio.
Microsoft has also been working closely with AT&T with U-verse (IPTV). MS is the software developer behind their offering and San Antonio was one of the early test markets for the technology.
Right now I’m a Comcast user in the bay area, and I have to say that their set top HD DVR is a pain to use. The system is very slow to response and freezes from time to time. Back in Texas I was a Time Warner custom. Their set top HD DVR was a dream to use. It was extremely fast and responsive to user control. Last year I got a chance to play with AT&T’s U-verse at my friends house. All I have to say is WOW! I used to think that Time Warner was the best on the market for service offerings and set top user interaction. Now I can proudly say that U-verse takes the prize. Their DVR had a small footprint, had a beautiful UI, was near immediate to response upon user interaction, and had a channel guide that would show you the video that was currently playing on a given station. Channel surfing was a breeze since it was visual. It was like using PIP and was lightning fast!
Sorry for the rant, but I’ve been pretty impressed with Microsoft’s relationship with AT&T and their introduction of new tech to my home town.