September 3, 2013 8:13 am

Surface is ready to take the field

Back in May Microsoft announced a major partnership with the NFL. We shared that Surface will be the official Tablet of the NFL, and we talked about ways in which Surface may be used on the sidelines. Today, we are taking the wraps off additional details of the deal for the 2013 NFL season, specifically as it relates to Xbox and Surface. Head over to the Xbox Wire blog for more information on all the great stuff coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I want to give you a quick snapshot of what’s coming on the Surface side, both for the teams and for the fans.

First, Surface is landing on the NFL sidelines with select club personnel to support teams with player health initiatives. Surface will help keep important player medical information at the fingertips of team trainers and medical staff in the locker room and on the field. This includes the X2 concussion assessment app to quickly diagnose potential player concussions after a hard play. Surface tablets and the X2 app will be an additional tool to help medical staff and trainers to determine whether a player should return to the game.

Second, for all you couch commissioners out there it’s time to head over to the Windows Store and download the NFL.com Fantasy Football application for Windows 8. This app gives you a real time view of your team and your matchup that week. It includes a killer Game Center view that features a live chart that plots your fantasy team scoring over the course of the week with video highlights of key scoring moments. This is the ultimate couch companion for football Sunday!

Stay tuned for more and keep your eye out for the Surface logo on the sidelines of the NFL games this season!

James Bernstrom
Director- Microsoft Surface