In this photo taken July 3, 2014, Ralf Groene, chief designer for the Microsoft Surface tablet computer, poses for a photo with a Surface 3 Pro tablet, right, in front of a milling machine used to produce parts for the computer, like the one he is holding at left, in Redmond, Wash. As Microsoft competes with Apple and other companies for hardware sales, the software giant has put a new emphasis on design. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

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