If an in-the-wild test is successful, Microsoft’s new tablet may be getting a leg up in the market. Electronic voting company Democracy Live tested the Surface tablet as a balloting device in Charlottesville, VA during Tuesday’s election. Here are the details of the test, from GeekWire:
Democracy Live uses Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud-based platform, and the Surface is running the company’s “LiveBallot” application through the browser.
The web app lets the voter use the Surface to access, mark, and print a ballot for tabulation by a separate machine.
For now it’s just one Surface in one precinct in Charlottesville, Va. However, Democracy Live CEO Bryan Finney says the company plans to work with Microsoft on a broader rollout of Surfaces following the upcoming release Surface for Windows 8 Pro, which will run legacy Windows applications on traditional Intel processors. (The current Surface for Windows RT runs on an ARM processor, so it doesn’t support legacy apps.)
The idea with the Virginia test is to get feedback in advance of that broader rollout. …
Advantages include Windows 8′s built-in screen-reading functionality, plus USB support to enable sip-and-puff input devices for people with disabilities.
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So next election, if you see Microsoft Surface in place of the old electronic voting booths, you’ll know the real-life test was a success!