My isssue is that we really need the Pro due to the data heavy work in Excel I do..
We only got 3 of the 6 we ordered. strangely the second order? 1st and 3rd orders just disappeared.
Sold to/Ship to Ref
Contact name and tel number
Reason for return
Did that a week ago and still no reply.
Have another school still waiting on 20 that were ordered 2 months ago. Supposedly going through their fast track program. Wouldn't like to see their slow track program!
https://twitter.com/microsofteduk. They said they'd be in touch, not heard back yet though.
You'll need to tweet them first so they can follow you before you can DM.
I'm sure they'll get back to us once the unpaid invoice becomes due.
I have had a few emails in recent days from a guy called Michael Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) who was able to check up on my order and the general state of play. Apparently they are waiting for the next shipment to come in and more should go out at the end of the month. He also called me this morning to discuss some questions I put to him in an email yesterday.
Ordered 200 - 25th July
Got a reply 7th August - Order Processed and should have in 7 - 17 days
Chased up End of august - Nothing
Chased up 10th September - Will have them in 5-7 days
Chased up 19th September - Passed to Softcat
Softcat checked with Microsoft, order not actually placed
Order placed by softcat, 14 days lead time.....
You guys do realize the new version gets released today right?
It might be worth waiting....
They have $1 Billion to write off on Surface 1 and will now do so courtesy of the British tax payer as every Surface RT sold to a school at a loss will be offset against M$ profits here in the UK.
An absolute blinding idea that has no doubt earned an accountant a very nice bonus.
Within a year most of them will be broken or unused and schools will all be looking for something they can manage with AD and group policies as they come to realise you can only do so much with an RT Slate.
I have a number of clients still using Netbooks in their Primaries, they need to replace them or expand the fleet. Alas the rise of the tablet has turned their heads.
Instead of each user logging on to a domain joined netbook and getting everything they want/need they now have to look at a completely new way of doing everything and it all costs more money!
Fortunately there are still a few 11" notebooks out there at an affordable price.
PS. I just read the new Surface 2 Pro with i5 and everything will set you back $1799 about the same as a MacBook air! I know what I would rather have.
zag (24th September 2013)
Yup fair observation and the pricing on the Surface line was (and still is by the looks of it) well off the mark. At £130 we can make use of the two we ordered to try with Office 365 but anyone with a large fleet of them might regret it later on.
Still say the idea of an i5 tablet is the wrong answer to the wrong question, people will pay 400-500 for a full featured tablet, 200 for a 7" tablet or 300-500 for a laptop but not 800+ for a combination of the two.
Seeing as Windows 8 is lighter on resources I just don't get the need for an expensive CPU in the Pro device, MS should either go for the hardware market properly and put an affordable mid range device out there or pull out completely as they keep falling into no man's land with the RT / i5 Pro models imo
Last edited by gshaw; 23rd September 2013 at 06:51 PM.
$1,800! You do realise that you don't have to spend that much?
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