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Microsoft plans to bring Surface home sooner

microsoft surfaceEven though the first commercial deployments of Microsoft’s Surface have been delayed until spring, it seems that enthusiasm for the tech is still strong in Redmond – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday that thecompany is trying to speed up that process after getting a lot of demand for a consumer version.

When Microsoft announced its plans for Surface last spring, the stated plan was to bring the technology to consumers eventually, but the company warned that it could be five years before a version of the products would be on shelves at the local Best Buy.

Ballmer said, “We’re going to follow our nose” indicating that Microsoft hopes to shorten the gap before a consumer version is available.

At the moment, Microsoft is trying to ship the first machines to its handful of early customers: folks in the hotel, casino and retail businesses. The tech giant had hoped to start having models up and running for those customers by the end of last year, but now is aiming to do so by spring.