Surprise: Microsoft Surface Costs More Than Expected When Microsoft announced its Surface multitouch computer , we knew it'd be a toy for well-funded, respectable news outlets long before Joe the Plumbers, since it was going to cost $10,000. Turns out, it actually costs more like $13,500. That's with a 10 percent discount! Microsoft is still expecting good ol' economies of scale to kick in to help fulfill its dream of fancy coffee tables in every home , but uh, you might want to hang on to that iPhone or something if you want the multitouch future anytime soon. [Cnet via ZD Net ]