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    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)

    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
    More details on Academic pricing on Surface RT - FE blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novalee View Post
    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?
    Well they can't be joined to a domain no.

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    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
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    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.

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    Do they do Remote Desktop for them (thinking for a connection to MS RDG farm here)

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    Whats flash like on RT? Anyone here used espresso or education city?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Do they do Remote Desktop for them (thinking for a connection to MS RDG farm here)
    Yes. Microsoft's Surface RT: Using existing Windows apps remotely | ZDNet

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    So if you have an RDS farm this makes this look a very attractive tool at an attractive price

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    I thought Windows RT was dead in the water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I thought Windows RT was dead in the water?
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    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.
    Im sure some schools will just use them as stand alone tablets like we do with ours.

    although its only our caretaker that has a tablet at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Well they can't be joined to a domain no.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    Im sure some schools will just use them as stand alone tablets like we do with ours.

    although its only our caretaker that has a tablet at the moment.
    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.

    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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