Microsoft is donating its much-publicized Surface hardware to the Ontario School of Art & Design (OCAD) so students can develop innovative software for the device, reports OCAD is partnering with Microsoft Canada Co. to equip a brand-new digital media laboratory with a Microsoft Surface unit and turn its students into developers for the touch-screen device. Microsoft Surface is a coffee table-sized device outfitted with a 30-inch screen capable of more than 50 simultaneous touch points and object recognition. In addition, Microsoft is giving OCAD the software development kit (SDK) for Surface. The college will tie the donated support into its provincially funded Digital Futures Initiative. OCAD and Microsoft announced the partnership April 7 at Mesh, a two-day conference on the web and digital media held in Toronto…

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