Microsoft's Surface interactive table to arrive this month

— 5:05 PM on April 2, 2008

The interactive touch-screen table Microsoft unveiled almost a year ago is about to hit the market, according to a report by the Associated Press. Known only as Surface, the table will make its debut "as a marketing tool in a handful of AT&T Inc.'s wireless stores" on April 17.

Surface tables will act as a "complement" to AT&T salesmen, the AP says. Customers will be able to place one of eight supported AT&T cell phones on Surface tables, which will automatically recognize the phones and display information about them. The tables will also let customers use their touch screens to scroll and zoom around the carrier's coverage map and learn about calling plans. That said, only 22 of AT&T's stores will feature the table—not surprising, considering stated last year the device would cost nearly $10,000.

The AP says Microsoft originally expected the table to debut in November 2007 at T-Mobile U.S. stores and at properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Harrah's Entertainment. All three companies have postponed their devices, the AP adds, and they now intend to deploy Surface tables this spring.

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