Microsoft Surface advertisements show up at Civic Center Bart Station, San Francisco

Microsoft has kicked off a rather aggressive Surface marketing campaign with promotion material being erected in a number of cities in the US. San Francisco is the latest host with an array of photos being sent in from a Windows Phone Central reader. As one can see from the photos, the software giant is making the most of the infrastructure to apply advertising almost everywhere.

It seems once all the screens and display units were full, they then turned their attention to the floor. We previously covered Surface advertising at public transport links in New York and Washington DC. Head on past the break for more shots of the action in San Francisco.

As for the Surface tablets themselves, we're on course for the unveiling of Windows 8, which will then see the Surface tablets being launched with more detail provided. It'll not be long until pricing and availability is known. AT&T announced yesterday that they will be stocking both the Samsung ATIV SmartPC Windows 8 tablet, as well as the ASUS VivoTab Windows RT tablet. For the time being, Microsoft continues to build hype.

Thanks, Edwin, for sending in the photos!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Man, I realy want a surface, but on the other hand, the ATIV comes with clover trail which means stuff like connected standby. Oh, man, I don't anymore :)
  • The price for this and the ativ are going to be the deciding factor, if I can get an x86 for marginally more than an arm tablet I'll go with x86. But the surface is soooooooo good looking!
  • Please Please pretty Please let it be available in India!
  • Way to go,MS!
    Treat it like its now or never!
  • Saw a Surface ad at the City Hall station of the Broad Street Subway here in Philadelphia last night.  Didn't get picture because I spotted it as the train was pulling out.  Nice to see MS hitting all the major cities. :)
  • Ooh, I'm originally from Philly, I'll have to see if I can get my family there to take a pic and send it to me.
  • I wonder how that request will go with your family:
    "Hi, Mom. Listen, can you go to the train station, take a picture of an advertisement of something called Surface...yeah, 'Surface'. It's a tablet. Like an iPad but with color. Yeah, so take the picture of the ad and send it to me?...Hello? Hello?"
  • Lol. Hey, I have to take what I can get. I haven't seen any down here in Florida and I'm desperate to not be the only one in my family excited for this. :-)
  • This may have been answered already... But does Windows RT run flash?
  • I think so, but only selected websites can run Flash.
  • MSFT is doing a bang up job promoting the Surface. They are exactly doing it how I wish they would market their phones. This thing should sell out quick no doubt. i will be on a business trip on 10/25-10/26 and my hotel is a couple miles from the nearest MSFT store.  Hopefully I can lock-in a pre-order, but I hope I'll have enough energy to just hang out at the mall and experience the launch!
  • Is that a predominantly white advertisement on the ground where people will walk all over it with dirty shoes?
  • Yes, but there are others on the ground in various colors. Like giant color blocks that just say surface
  • There's also some in Boston!
  • cmon ms, make it lower price!!
  • Yay! my tip :)
  • Alright, stickin it to apples home crowd