Microsofts Coffee Table PC Due in Late 2007
The company hopes to launch a "surface computing" revolution with its Milan PC. (PCMag.com)Microsoft has been looking beyond the desktop for some time now, but with the launch of "Milan," the company is showing the potential for so-called "surface computing" to revolutionize everything from retail kiosks to the common coffee table. At its core, Milan is a PC running Windows Vista, but dont expect to use it with a keyboard and mouse. Instead, Milan uses a touch-sensitive display that enables multiple users to navigate the systems interface.
Milan will start appearing in commercial locations at the end of this year (think casinos), but PC Magazine was able to sit down with Microsoft executives for a hands-on demo of the new system. The demo unit we saw looked a lot like a coffee table, but you wont want to put your feet up on this system; it was made for touching.