At Microsoft, we have an unwavering commitment to education. It’s a phrase you’ve heard me say more than once, and it’s true not just in theory, but also in practice. In fact, during the last year alone, we’ve recommitted to our work with educators by extending our investment in Partners in Learning by $250 million; we’ve launched Youthspark to bring opportunities to 300 million youth worldwide; and we’ve offered Office 365 for free to educational institutions worldwide.
Today, I am pleased to announce one more great opportunity exclusively for education institutions: The availability of Surface RT devices at a reduced price for a limited time.
Now through August 31, 2013, K–12 and Higher Education institutions can get:
• Surface RT (32 GB) for $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499 USD)
• Surface RT (32 GB) Touch Keyboard Cover for $249 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $599)
• Surface RT (32 GB) Type Keyboard Cover for $289 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $629)
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 — more than 20,000, to be precise — 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. Quite simply, this is a great choice for schools and universities.
If you’re asking why now is the right time to take such an ambitious step into the education market, the answer is simple: It’s because Microsoft believes every student and teacher deserves a fair opportunity to reach his or her full potential, and this means ensuring our education customers have access to affordable and high quality tablets with laptop functionality ready for education.
What we’re announcing today is just one offer. Windows devices come in a variety of shapes, sizes, features and price points to serve all our education customer needs. We continue to work with OEMs on delivering their latest tablets and PCs.
The Microsoft Surface for education 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).
For more information and to order in North America visit here; For the rest of the world see the Surface RT for Education brochure below and return the completed order form to SurfaceEDU@microsoft.com.
Update 7/18 – We’ve received great feedback and strong demand for the Surface RT for Education Limited Time Offer. Schools are discovering Surface and Windows 8 for the first time through this program and many of them have asked us to extend the offer so they can purchase when they come back-to-school in September. We’re excited by this response and we agree it makes a lot of sense to extend the deadline to September 30th. We want to make sure that every school that wants a Surface gets one.