Microsoft Surface is finally coming to the United States, Canada and 21 other countries, according to news announced today by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The display, which can recognize and handle up to 50 points of simultaneous touch, including fingers, hands and objects placed on the screen, is set to be deployed in early 2012 by customers including Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp. and Royal Bank of Canada.

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the Samsung SUR40, which was unveiled at CES International 2011 and other events early this year. Among its other capabilities, its PixelSense technology gives LCD panels the power to “see” without the use of cameras. Pricing starts at $8,400 and naturally can go up from there.

Software developers interested in the platform can find relevant information at the Surface Developer Center, including the software developer kit and the Input Simulator, which enables developers to write Surface applications on any Windows 7 machine.

“Customers across a wide range of industries currently integrate Microsoft Surface and make it relevant to their business needs, creating immersive, collaborative and meaningful experiences,” said Somanna Palacanda, director, Microsoft Surface. “Surface computing will now be more readily available for education, financial and professional services, healthcare, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and resources, and other commercial business environments to help deliver interactive digital content, drive sales, showcase brands, and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.”

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