Microsoft Announces Pricing Structure for Tablet Education Deal

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July 23rd, 2013 No Comments Other

 In June, Microsoft announced that it would be offering special deals on its Surface RT tablet, which Australian educational institutions can now take advantage of for a limited time.

Through August 31, 2013, K–12 and higher education institutions across the globe can get the following:

  • Surface RT (32 GB) for AU$219 incl. GST (Estimated Retail Price is $559)
  • Surface RT (32 GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover for AU$279 incl. GST (Estimated Retail Price is $679)
  • Surface RT (32 GB) with Type Keyboard Cover for AU$319 incl. GST (Estimated Retail Price is $708)

Surface RT provides students and educators with access to powerful tools like Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT – Microsoft Office is the most-used productivity software in schools and businesses (1 billion people using it today) and Windows is used by 95 percent of employers. It also opens the door to thousands of education related apps in the Windows Store, from big names like Khan Academy, Kno, Chegg, and major textbook publishers such as HMH and Pearson.

“Personally, I love that Surface RT offers the richness of a mouse and keyboard, USB and HD video-out to support printing and presentations, a dazzling 10.6” ClearType HD display for textbooks and education videos, all-day battery life, multitasking to show two apps side-by-side, and multi-user support,” writes Microsoft worldwide education lead Anthony Salcito in a recent blog post. “Quite simply, this is a great choice for schools and universities.”

Microsoft Australia blogger Tina Flammer lists a variety of benefits educators can reap from implementing Surface RT.

“I regularly speak to educators and students and there are a couple of key things they love about Windows 8. One is the sheer choice and diversity of devices that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, features and price points to enrich and personalise the learning experience.  The second strength is the ability to integrate Windows devices into existing IT environments, with flow on benefits around ease and cost of management.

“These great benefits together with the Surface RT offer is part of a holistic view of education at Microsoft — through programs such as Partners in Learning, our partnerships and our innovative products, we offer a complete solution for institutions to embrace and drive the transformation we see in learning environments today.” 

The Microsoft Surface deal tops a year of heavy investment in education, which included increasing funding for Partners in Learning by $250 million; launching Youthspark to bring opportunities to 300 million youth worldwide; and offering Office 365 for free to educational institutions worldwide.

The offer is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States (including Puerto Rico).

To purchase the Surface RT device, education institutions should download the offer brochure and order form on the Microsoft Australia blog, which contains details on the devices, and review the terms and conditions.

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