At PDC this year Microsoft announced that Surface development resources were going to be made publicly available. (Up until now it had been an “invitation only” system).

This is great news and means anyone can build or prototype Surface applications. The Surface SDK comes with a very good simulator. A table is still needed to evaluate performance and usability, but you can go a long way with just the simulator.

Here is a copy & paste from a recent mail-out:

  • Surface Web site (
  • MSDN (
  • TechNet (
  • Microsoft Download center (
    • A new product category for all Surface downloads, including the Surface SDK Workstation Edition, applications, documentation, and any software fixes.
  • Microsoft Support (