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Some people in Virginia are voting on Microsoft's Surface tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

November 6 2012

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is being used for voting in Charlottesville, Virginia (Image: GeekWire)
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is being used for voting in Charlottesville, Virginia (Image: GeekWire)

Just two weeks after launch and Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is already set to play a small part in determining whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the U.S. presidential election.

GeekWire reports that Washington-based Democracy Live, a provider of electronic balloting technology, has installed the Surface in one voting precinct in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The tablet has been fitted with the ‘LiveBallot’ app so users can mark and print out their ballot papers.

The company is using Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform to collect the ballot information and plans to roll out more tablets to other locations if this trial proves to be successful. That said, the firm added that any future deployments will be of the Surface tablets running Windows 8 Pro (the version supporting Intel chips).

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