Hardware Thread, Ridiculously low pricing on Surface RT for UK Edu this summer in Technical; They can't possibly be turning a profit with this pricing, but grab it while you can. Institutional orders only (no ...
26th June 2013, 12:26 PM #1
Ridiculously low pricing on Surface RT for UK Edu this summer
They can't possibly be turning a profit with this pricing, but grab it while you can. Institutional orders only (no individuals) but there appears to be no minimum quantity. (Edit: Mark Reynolds has confirmed on Twitter, no min or max order qty)
More details on Academic pricing on Surface RT - FE blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between 19th June 2013 and 31st August 2013.
Our exclusive direct to institution pricing is as follows:
- Surface RT (32GB) - £133 + VAT
- Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover - £168 + VAT
- Surface RT (32GB) with Type Keyboard Cover - £196 + VAT
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 26th June 2013 at 01:01 PM.
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26th June 2013, 12:28 PM #2
Is it correct that RT can't be connected to a network? That's the main thing preventing us getting them - how will you manage them?
26th June 2013, 12:29 PM #3
Well they can't be joined to a domain no.
Originally Posted by Novalee
26th June 2013, 12:31 PM #4
I'm ordering 1 through the school for me personally. Turns out to be £160 (with VAT) for a 10" tablet with good screen and a copy of office and subscription. Probably better than some no brand android.
EDIT: I also hear it'll be getting some enterprise features in the 8.1 upgrade... Still no domain join though
Last edited by chazzy2501; 26th June 2013 at 12:32 PM.
26th June 2013, 12:33 PM #5
No domain join, but limited management is coming in Windows 8.1. The offer sheet confirms that 8.1 will be a free upgrade for Surface RT devices when it is released.
26th June 2013, 12:38 PM #6
Do they do Remote Desktop for them (thinking for a connection to MS RDG farm here)
26th June 2013, 12:51 PM #7
Whats flash like on RT? Anyone here used espresso or education city?
26th June 2013, 01:00 PM #8
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26th June 2013, 01:52 PM #9
So if you have an RDS farm this makes this look a very attractive tool at an attractive price
Originally Posted by AngryTechnician
26th June 2013, 01:55 PM #10
I thought Windows RT was dead in the water?
26th June 2013, 02:11 PM #11
sales wise maybe, but thats not going to stop Microsoft, they love flogging a dead horse, they'll bring out 2.0 horse soon. Although they'll probably call it horseone.
Originally Posted by zag
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26th June 2013, 02:16 PM #12
Horse manure more like. I think Windows RT is more floppy than a floppy disk. Microsoft must be selling them at cost or near to...
Not quite sure how they expected it to work in business or education, considering most have a Windows domain of some kind with GPOs/scripts to control various functions.
26th June 2013, 02:23 PM #13
Im sure some schools will just use them as stand alone tablets like we do with ours.
Originally Posted by Michael
although its only our caretaker that has a tablet at the moment.
26th June 2013, 02:27 PM #14
Can you map drives on them? If I could map the student shared drive on my domain then I would be happy to buy some.
Originally Posted by sparkeh
26th June 2013, 02:33 PM #15
Yes they're designed to be used as standalone, but this is somewhat a backwards step considering every version of Windows since Windows 95 could be joined to a network domain. I'd say this is probably one of the main reasons (as well as software compatibility), and Windows 8 itself why they haven't sold very many.
Originally Posted by hardtailstar
Even if you couldn't control them via GPO, just being able to authenticate against a domain would have been logical.
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