11 Killer Apps for Microsoft Surface [Video]

digg_url = ‘//’; digg_skin = ‘compact’; Microsoft’s interactive table, dubbed Surface, brings the heady dream of interactive computing closer reality. As developers find ways to make Surface’s gorgeous multi-user interface shine, more and more companies are turning …

11 Killer Apps for Microsoft Surface [Video]

Microsoft’s interactive table, dubbed Surface, brings the heady dream of interactive computing closer reality. As developers find ways to make Surface’s gorgeous multi-user interface shine, more and more companies are turning to the device to reinvent their customer experience. Here is a list of the Surface apps already in use, and a few that are coming soon. If you have video of these apps, or know of others that should be included here, email with details.


Patient Consultation Interface for Texas Health


In conjunction with Texas Health Resources, Infusion built a demo app that shows how a digital health care system could be streamlined using Surface for patient consultations. Doctors could use surface to explain procedures and anatomy, learn about drugs and grab patient info from RFID-enabled HMO cards. 

Infusion’s Microsoft Surface Blog

Sheraton Hotel Application

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Sheraton’s luxe hotel in Seattle is home to a custom Surface app built in collaboration with Microsoft. The virtual concierge allows guests to explore a constellation of media about Seattle, all while listening to local music and using maps to plan their day trips.

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Barclay’s Premier Account App


Banking giant Barclay’s uses a Microsoft Surface app to let its premier-level customers interact with their account information in an intuitive, fluid environment.

Microsoft Surface For Barclays Banks

Coldwell Banker’s Home Search App



Coldwell Banker Unveils Innovative Use of Microsoft Surface

MSNBC’s Electoral Coverage App


Developer Vectorform built several Surface apps specially for NBC News to use on-air, enabling political analyst Chuck Todd to interact with election results, trends, and maps to explore the last presidential election in real-time.


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Harrah’s iBar

Microsoft Surface Harrahs

At their Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Harrah’s has filled the casino’s iBar with Surface units built to play games, take drink orders and interact–or more accurately, flirt–with other Surface users across the bar.


Microsoft Surface Technology Launches in First-Ever Entertainment Venue, iBar at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Churchend Primary School, United Kingdom

Torfaen Education Application

Surface isn’t all about making a sale or entertaining guests. Students and teachers at a school in the U.K. have been running a pilot program to see how Surface apps can make learning vocabulary and foreign languages more intuitive.

First School in Europe to use Microsoft’ Surface’


E-Sponder SuperBowl App


Working with the City of Tampa and the organizers of SuperBowl XLIII, Surface developer E-Sponder experimented with using Surface’s rich mapping interface to give Incident Command Staff a 3-D view of the cityscape and track emergency response resources.

Tampa Authorities deploy latest technology for Super Bowl Security

Phenom Restaurant App

Kyodai Ken Sushi Application 2

Surface partner Phenom developed this proof-of-concept app for restaurants and bars, to show how the hospitality industry can make ordering and learning about food entertaining and effortless.

Kyodai Ken Sushi Bar on Surface from Phenomblue on Vimeo.

Kyodai Ken Sushi Bar


Identity Mine Retail App

Identity Mine Still 2

Another proof-of-concept app for the hospitality industry, this one developed by Identity Mine, shows how customers could use Surface to design a custom snowboard, shop for different vintages of wine and order drinks with a few finger-flicks.

Identity Mine Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Mobile Connect


One of Microsoft’s in-house experimental apps is Mobile Connect, a Bluetooth-enabled app that allows a mobile phone to share multimedia and contacts with Surface just by placing the device on the screen and dragging information to and from the phone.

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