Windows chief rides Surface like a skateboard — literally

Steven Sinofsky stands atop the tablet, which has two sets of wheels strapped to it, and takes a ride. The device apparently is no worse for the wear.

The head of Microsoft’s Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, decided to do something rather odd recently, and he tweeted pictures to prove it.

Sinofsky yesterday tweeted a picture of himself skateboarding on top of a Microsoft Surface tablet. The tablet had two sets of wheels strapped to it, giving Sinofsky — helmet and all — the chance to see just how durable the device was. In a second picture, he showed that the Surface made it out of the experience just fine.

The move was a thinly veiled attempt on Microsoft’s part to tout the Surface’s Gorilla Glass 2-equipped display. Made by Corning, Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than the original version, and is widely viewed as the top protection technology in the mobile space. Gorilla Glass 2 safeguards from shattered glass and is scratch-resistant. Gorilla Glass is found in over 750 product models from 33 different companies.

As Sinofsky was skateboarding on the Surface, the tablet was opened up for preorders. Within hours, the cheapest version, the 32GB model without a Touch Cover, saw shipments slip to three weeks from its initial delivery date of October 26. The more expensive models that come with the Touch Cover can still be preordered for delivery on launch day.

The Surface’s launch coincides with the retail availability of Windows 8 on October 26.

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