Microsoft Australia joins Surface RT education pricing program

surfaceeduFollowing on from a blog post from Microsoft’s head of education, Anthony Salcito, the company’s Australian arm is getting in on the act to try and boost the popularity of its Surface RT tablet.

For a limited time, education institutions will be able to purchase a 32GB-equipped Surface RT tablet for $219 including GST, down from the $559 RRP.

Throw in the Touch keyboard cover and you can get it for $279 inc. GST, a drop from $679 and the Type keyboard bundle for $319, down from $708.

These prices are all well under half the recommended retail level, which makes them certainly the most generous education hardware deals I’ve ever seen.

The deal is you have to download the offer brochure available at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ausblog/archive/2013/06/26/australian-details-surface-rt-for-education-offer.aspx and fill it out. Completed forms (and any questions you might have about it) need to be sent to SurfaceEDU@microsoft.com.

The brochure comes with a terms and conditions document, which you’ll need to read to be sure you understand what Microsoft is expecting as far as payment terms.

You’ve got until August 31 to get your order in.

The tablet is powered by Windows RT and will get the Windows 8.1 update when it’s released later this year. The Surface RT models offered are the original Nvidia Tegra 3-powered models, not the updates being rumoured to come out later this year. They include 2GB of RAM, a 10.6-inch touchscreen panel with 1366×768-pixels. Wireless technology includes 802.11b/g/n support and Bluetooth 4.0.

There are two 720 HD cameras – one facing the front, the other the rear and it includes a MicroSDXC card slot for up to 64GB of storage. You also get a standard Type-A USB port.

The 31.5-watt-hour battery is rated for eight hours and it comes with Office RT productivity software included.

 

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