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Microsoft Surface Tablet

myoung84 6 years ago in Browsers Tablets Phones updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 years ago 3

Is anyone using a surface tablet for actiontiles? I have an old surface pro gen 2 that I could use. May replace an old photo frame on an end table. Very happy with my wall mounted fire 7 playing photos as a Screensaver. 

Last time I used it was when windows 10 launched and it didn't take kindly to the update (been a long time). I'd need to reinstall win10 from scratch, but wanted to know if a windows platform is a good idea before I go through the trouble? 

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Yes - Windows should be fine, especially if you can run Chrome - though the good thing about Windows is that you can test a bunch of browsers to see which perform best; each has some unique quirks. Chrome blocks embedding of non-https Media Tiles, for example, but I think Firefox still permits them.

And there is plenty of "kiosk" software for Windows too - since even places like the DMV or movie theater ticket pickups, etc., are run on kiosk locked-down Windows.

Avoid installing too much "crap" that you don't need. That risks security, slows down security updates, and so on. And, maybe, just maybe, you might even switch to Linux - I bet there's a distro that runs on the Surface.




Got the surface up and running again, it's a great AT platform with Chrome as the browser in full screen and the standard windows screensaver set up for photo slideshow. 

Anyone know of a better screensaver program that will allow more configuration? I'd like to allow the computer to turn off the screen at night, maybe even use ST presence sensors to turn on the screen? Open to ideas! I don't mind killing my Amazon tablet by running it 24/7 but no need to do the same on a side table surface. 

A lot of our Customers are fans of Dakboard; though you'll have to browse its website to find out the exact features. www.dakboard.com 

If you're using their product, those guys must have some super helpful ideas for how to optimize it as a screensaver.