Windows 8 running on a Microsoft Surface 1.0 [video]

By Tom Warren, on 15th Sep 11 4:06 pm with 37 Comments

Microsoft Surface MVP Joshua Blake has managed to install and run Windows 8 on a first generation Surface computer.

Blake took the developer preview bits of Windows 8 and installed them on the Microsoft Surface 1.0 hardware this week. “The Microsoft Surface 1.0 shell and applications run as expected on Windows 8,” explains Blake in a blog post detailing his efforts. “Immersive-mode applications and regular desktop applications can be controlled using the Surface vision system touch input,” he adds.

The system appears to work well with Windows 8 on it and Blake notes that it’s a clear testament to Microsoft’s backwards compatibility work in Windows 8. However the setup is limited as Surface is designed to be used from any angle, something that Microsoft’s Windows 8 immersive experience lacks the ability to support. Blake sees the opportunity for parts of Windows 8 to be ported over to the Surface interface in future. He also notes that Windows 8 developers need to take notice of how to handle multi touch input scenarios. “Windows 8 developers need to learn the lessons that Microsoft Surface developers have learned years ago,” says Blake. He encourages developers to allow multiple inputs, multiple touches and to let the user recover from mistakes and accidental touches.

If you’re interested in seeing Windows 8 running on the original Surface then check out the video below.

  • Anonymous

    awesome

  • http://twitter.com/s_a_r_k_i_s sarkis chamelian

    Great SCOTS !!! 

  • http://twitter.com/wizact Amirhossein

    Hmmm… This is awesome! It looks like the video they prepared for their vision in 2019 is becoming real…

  • Anonymous

    nice..

  • Guest

    “Windows 8 developers need to learn the lessons that Microsoft Surface developers have learned years ago,” says Blake. He encourages developers to allow multiple inputs, multiple touches and to let the user recover from mistakes and accidental touches.”

    Good point. Hopefully MS is working on documenting some of that to help developers get a jump on W8.

    • Aaron

      I’m sure they will.  The amazing level of documentation across MSDN is what converted me into a C#/.NET fanatic.  Microsoft loves developers, even its critics should be able to admit that.

  • Anonymous

    windows 8 in my desktop is amazing, but i would feel really cool having a surface with win8 like him!

  • Anonymous

    windows 8 in my desktop is amazing, but i would feel really cool having a surface with win8 like him!

    • Aaron

      I haven’t installed the preview build on any computer yet.  Can you give us some feedback on your experience so far?

    • Anonymous

      The main difference is that your start menu is now replaced with the Metro UI part; containing all your apps.

      Overall the experience is better than expected (IMO)

    • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

      Anyone who has not installed Win8 on a touch device is missing a lot. You should get one of those cheap Windows tablet to try it out. The whole Windows 8 environment is a relieving welcome after using Windows tablets since 2004, and believe me, I have seen them all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001825207750 Jason Hughey

    Very nice.  I am testing the Developer Preview in our enterprise environment and it just works.  Managing tablets in a corporate environment was a big concern of mine but after testing Win 8 I am very optimistic.  BTW, the Windows 8 boot speed video is true!  It boots very fast.  I even did a boot speed comparison video of Windows 8 Developer Preview on a 5 1/2 year-old notebook vs. a1 1/2 year-old iPad.  Guess who wins by a long shot?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz0IPEt2ctk

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001825207750 Jason Hughey

    Very nice.  I am testing the Developer Preview in our enterprise environment and it just works.  Managing tablets in a corporate environment was a big concern of mine but after testing Win 8 I am very optimistic.  BTW, the Windows 8 boot speed video is true!  It boots very fast.  I even did a boot speed comparison video of Windows 8 Developer Preview on a 5 1/2 year-old notebook vs. a1 1/2 year-old iPad.  Guess who wins by a long shot?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz0IPEt2ctk

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Viki-Maverick/100002523433166 Viki Maverick

    The only way Windows 8 is heading is at the top of the OS heap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Viki-Maverick/100002523433166 Viki Maverick

    The only way Windows 8 is heading is at the top of the OS heap.

    • Aaron

      Yeah, there is no future for a robust, powerful, and fully functional OS that can run on a wide array of form factors with different input methods.  Thank you for your amazing insight.  You have convinced us all and you can now troll elsewhere as your work here is done.

    • Matthewmsft

      I sense there’s something I’m missing here….wasn’t @facebook-100002523433166:disqus saying that Win 8 would be the best OS ? idk…

  • Anonymous

    Nobody needs a behemoth tablet. iPads just sold another million units today!

    • Anonymous

      U r an ifan . why are you on Winrumors?

    • Anonymous

      Nobody needs a silly comment like yours.

    • H Mueller

      i have an ipad 64gb. it is beautiful but useless. after I installed win8 and tested it I knew my ipad would become a mouse pad on my table one day ;)

    • Anonymous

       thats pretty ironic since the ipad is just a behemoth iphone

    • Guest

      Who knew MS still makes Surface?

    • Matthewmsft

      They announced Surface 2.0 at a confrerence….was it….CES 2011?

    • Guest

      So that leads to the question Why?

    • Guest

      I did.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    I soo wanna run sketchup, Revit and sketchbook pro on this.

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    Anyone know if we can get Windows 8 running on a HP Touchpad? I had read some had gotten Android working on it.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure the developer build available now is an x86 build not ARM so there is no way to install them to ARM devices just yet.

    • Aaron

      I have a strong feeling W8 will never work on the Touchpad (just got mine yesterday).  I hope I’m wrong. After seeing the W8 presentation, my Touchpad really does feel like a toy.  Thank god it was so damn cheap!

    • Aaron

      I have a strong feeling W8 will never work on the Touchpad (just got mine yesterday).  I hope I’m wrong. After seeing the W8 presentation, my Touchpad really does feel like a toy.  Thank god it was so damn cheap!

  • Gzproger

    We need people hub, intergrated IM messengers, integrated skydrive and integrated live mesh. All those “Windows Live” should be naturally integrated into “Windows”.

  • Gzproger

    We need people hub, intergrated IM messengers, integrated skydrive and integrated live mesh. All those “Windows Live” should be naturally integrated into “Windows”.

    • PoohGQ

      No doubt. Let’s just hope the justice dept and EU commission stay off of MS’s back and let innovation win..

    • PoohGQ

      No doubt. Let’s just hope the justice dept and EU commission stay off of MS’s back and let innovation win..

    • Matthewmsft

      that’s what the new Windows Live API stuff is for…Microsoft’s releasing a lot of Windows-integrated WinLive single sign on and documentation

  • http://twitter.com/jlcsscljjlcs Jose Luis Canovas

    Nobody noticed that the computer in the video looks like a big iPod?