This summer Microsoft is offering directly to K-12 and Higher Education Institutional Customers a special pricing for a limited time on Surface RT. The offer is good from June 17, 2013 until August 31, 2013 and at this point it is only available direct from Microsoft Education Account teams. The offer is as follows: · Surface RT (no cover) - $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) · Surface RT (Touch cover) - $249 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $599) · Surface RT (Type cover) - $289 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $629) In the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (via Digital China), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Microsoft’s mission has always been to partner with schools and institutions to help students and educators realize their full potential. We do this by investing in our customers through software and services at affordable prices to form the basis for the great value our platform - coupled with our partner’s great solutions and services - provides. In that context, we are happy to announce the addition of an aggressive devices offer as well. We want to accelerate the use of Windows by students and educators in schools and universities by getting very aggressive on price. We think this offer will stimulate broader demand for Windows for both Windows 8 x86 and Windows RT devices, and therefore significantly increase the addressable market for our partners’ solutions and services. A brochure has been distributed highlighting the benefits of the offer with an order form at the end. The brochure is distributed from the local BG in the country and contains local pricing. The educational establishments account manager then sends it. The account manager should also be the first port of call for customers if they haven’t received a form. To apply for the offer, the Educational establishment fills in an order form and emails it to SurfaceEDU@Microsoft.com • The offer is only available direct to education customers through Microsoft Education Sales. • Microsoft Account Managers directly send offer and order form to customers. Customers will fill out the form and send it to SurfaceEDU@microsoft.com for processing and fulfillment. • This is a confidential offer between Microsoft and education customers. Do not share details of this offer outside of these deals, with press or in social media. Q. What is the Surface RT in Education Limited Time Offer? A. It is special pricing on Surface RT for a limited time from June 17, 2013 – August 31, 2013, direct from Microsoft to K12 and higher education institutions during the traditional Northern Hemisphere back-to-school time frame. The offer is as follows: · Surface RT (32GB) - $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) · Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover - $249 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $599) · Surface RT (32GB) with Type Keyboard Cover - $289 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $629) *prices shown are a guide. Local currency brochures are distributed in region. Q. Why is Microsoft making such an aggressive Surface RT offer to education now? A. Microsoft has a long tradition of offering special pricing to education customers. Microsoft’s mission in education is to help schools, students and educators realize their full potential. We do this by investing in education institutions through software, hardware and services at affordable prices. We think Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning, and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. Q. How does Surface RT compare to iPad and Android? A. There are many differences between Surface RT and iPad and Android. One of the most important differences to schools is Surface RT comes with a touch-optimized version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT - Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote (an upcoming free Windows update will also provide an RT version of Outlook). Microsoft Office is among the most popular productivity software in schools and businesses. Its inclusion in Surface RT means that your students and teachers will be ready to get to work on Surface right away. Surface RT also lets users multitask between applications, share the device between many users, provides USB and HD video out ports, optional keyboard covers, integration of Internet Explorer 10 to run Flash based websites, lots of storage and a file system, a high quality display, and excellent battery life. Take a look at the Surface RT in Education Brochure to learn about how Surface RT is a great solution for your school or university. Q. What is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT? A. Windows 8 comes in three versions (Home, Pro and Enterprise) and runs on Intel x86 chipset. Windows RT comes in one version and runs on the ARM chipset. Windows RT devices are lightweight, have thin form factors, and better battery life. Windows 8 x86 devices can run legacy software and software requiring intense processing power as well as the new modern Windows 8 apps. Windows RT ARM devices can run applications like Microsoft Office 2013 RT and the new modern Windows 8 apps exclusively from the Windows Store. Windows 8 x86 devices running Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise have enterprise level security and manageability features. Q. I’ve heard there are more apps on iOS and Android? What can I expect from Surface RT? A. With over 20,000 educationally-relevant apps worldwide in the Windows Store from many of the biggest names in education - Khan Academy, Kno and leading publishers - there is an app for almost every subject. Microsoft has optimized the web browsing experience for HTML 5 and Flash, to ensure that the web works best with Windows. Q. What countries will the Surface in Education Limited Time Offer be available in? A. This offer is good in countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (via Digital China), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Q. Is there a minimum order requirement? A. No. Schools may buy any quantity of Surface RT for their institution. Pricing is only available until August 31st. We recommend that schools to get their orders in early to take advantage of the offer while supplies last. Q. How do schools order their Surface RTs? A. The brochure contains an order form. Fill out the order form and send it to SurfaceEDU@microsoft.com. You will get an email back confirming the order and details on fulfilment.