"The goal was, you gotta bring Windows 8 to life," says Microsoft's Panos Panay, general manager of the Surface team. Looking at the vision of Windows 8 and other Microsoft products, Panay was tasked with creating a tablet that would encompass everything Microsoft had to offer.
After the project was commissioned by Windows chief Julie Larson-Green, Panos Panay started to form a team of 12 people to tackle the task of creating a vision for what would become Surface. Panay previously worked on Microsoft's PixelSense table (formerly known as Surface) and slowly grew the Surface team from 12 people to 30 people, then on to 80 people and beyond.
I'm listening to Imagine Dragons, Radio Active. Also appropriate I suppose
MS has been at this for a long time. I think it is originally Bill's brain child coming from tablet PCs though PixelSense and Courier to eventually get to the Surface. A lot of technology had to fall in place (faster, smaller and more efficient) to get this where it is now. I think Bill is smiling though.