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Special Surface Offer for TechEd Attendees via Microsoft Retail Store

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As loyal members of the Microsoft family, we are excited to provide TechEd North America 2013 attendees a special offer on Surface. This offer will allow each of you to get your hands on one or both Surface devices   and, when it becomes available, update them to Windows 8.1 Preview to test drive it on these great tablets.

• Surface RT 64GB with touch cover bundle for $99.99 USD
• Surface Pro 128GB standalone for $399.99 USD

These offers are only available during the event, Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6.
Limited to one Surface RT and one Surface Pro per attendee. No exceptions.
No cash.  Credit card transactions only.

This offer is good for:

  • Full Conference Pass Attendees
  • Partners (with an orange or purple Sponsor/Exhibitor Attendee Badge)
  • Faculty and students
  • Press
  • 3rd Party Speakers
  • 3rd Party Staff

See daily store hours below:

  • Sunday, June 2:  12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 3:  10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4:  9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 5:  9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 6:  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can't miss the store located in the middle of the TechExpo in Hall D between the game zone and the digital wall.

 

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The Discussion

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    Rudy Aktas

    How about us we can't attend?
    Thanks my boss, he assigned me too many projects.
    I would prefer Pro edition but RT would do fine for now.
    I am so sad :(

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    Harjit

    Wow! This is awesome! I'm getting myself a Surface Pro at TechEd. Thanks TechEd.

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    llopezluna

    Awesome!

     

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    YehDood

    nice!

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    Gray

    Will there be enough for everyone or do we need to try to get in line right away before they run out?

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    Eric

    Would be nice to extend it to those that attended MMS??

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    Eric

    AND of course this is the one year I don't attend and they offer it....Bummer

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    aseigler

    Nice!

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    MatsO

    Great!

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    MBell65

    Very cool! I might have to take advantage of this!

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    TonySwe

    399 usd? yeah... I have no choice.... I got's to have one... Not that I needed one really.

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    nothatsyou
    Ya, what Gray said. Will there be enough on hand for each attendee or will it be a mad rush to grab one?
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    Microspecia​list

    Yeah Awesome !

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    Dan Cox

    The first year in 6 years that I am not going and they offer this.... Figures.....

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    Harjit

    , nothatsyou wrote

    Ya, what Gray said. Will there be enough on hand for each attendee or will it be a mad rush to grab one?

    Good question. I'm planning to get both but would love an extra RT if someone else is not getting theirs.

     

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    KRemde

    Wow!  That's an amazing price.  Are Microsoft employee attendees eligible to take advantage of this?  (please say yes!)

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    justimorris

    Incredible! Does this include speakers?

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    expta

    Are there limited quantities?  Will all attendees be able to purchase them?

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    DaveStork

    SOLD!

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    tbutts99

    This is great news.

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    Blaise00

    Guess I gotta get the pair Cool Excellent promotion!!!

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    Poiriers

    ME WANT!

    Any rebate on other Cover ?

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    rdtsai

    What about Build event? Is there a similar offer for Build event attendees?

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    DBegley

    Yes. There will be enough to go around, they will not run out!

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    groetman

    Great! Now which one to purchase?   Perplexed

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    JasonMD

    And question answered.  Thank you, DBegley.

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    AdamMachanic

    Which one to purchase?? Both!!

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    Fredrik​Nilsson
    Ohh this,is better then Christmas Smiley I'm getting both Smiley W00T
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    darktrancer

    I agree with Adam. I am buying both.

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    jyapurv

    Wow!!! Amazing, I'm buying both!

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    ohorvath

    Any chance for the same discount on Teched Europe? :)

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    pdtit

    Great offer! I think I'll go for it, although I already have an RT... but not a Pro yet...

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    Sonics

    I'm in for both!!!!

     

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    ColoBob

    Awesome, any discounts on Keyboards, will they offer keyboards this as well? Will it be at the check-in?

  • User profile image
    DBegley

    @ohorvath Stay tuned re: offers for TechEd Europe.

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    DBegley

    @rdtsai Please look to the Build team for any announcements re: offers at Build.

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    tferrill

    @DBegley: Is this for all attendees? Meaning Press, Speakers, etc.?

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    DBegley

    @tferrill This offer is good for:

    • Full Conference Pass Attendees
    • Partners (with an orange Sponsor/Exhibitor Attendee Badge)
    • Faculty and students
    • Press
    • 3rd Party Speakers
    • 3rd Party Staff
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    TonySwe

    DBegley, for the love of all that is my economy... don't present any more deals of this kind Big Smile

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    Ranger1968

    Great deal!

    But then they'll probably be giving away the Surface 2 at Build Smiley

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    chaz2400

    I hope they have enough to go around... getting both here!

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    Michael​Bender

    Even if Surface 2 releases in the next few months, this is a sick offer! Count me in... $400 for a full-blown Win8 desktop with capacitive pen. 0_o #NoBrainer

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    MTNiehaus

    How about employee attendees?  Smiley

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    Harjit

    , Michael​Bender wrote

    Even if Surface 2 releases in the next few months, this is a sick offer! Count me in... $400 for a full-blown Win8 desktop with capacitive pen. 0_o #NoBrainer

    I feel the same way Bender. This is surely a great deal and a major savings.

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    DDrolet

    Smokin' deal!  I'll be getting one of each!

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    wyocoder

    Well done, D. Begley, well done.

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    SomeGuy

    WOW!!! That is 86% off the Surface RT price and 60% off the Surface Pro price!!!!

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    Chuckdet

    I'm gonna end up wasting all my time playing with my new tablets for all of TechEd Smiley

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    RallyJoe

    @MichaelBender:  My thoughts exactly

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    netlv

    Definitely in for one of each. Hope to pick up an extra one as well. 

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    Joe

    THIS IS AWESOME! Too bad I won't be able to make TechEd. Is anyone willing to buy the Surface for me and ship it to me? I can pay extra and some, since this is such a great deal! :)
    Contact me, please! joecmama at gmail.com

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    iamhungry

    wow. this is great....

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    SoQooL

    @DBegley: Put me on the list for Europe!

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    Josh Mallin

    Any word on discounts for purchasing touch covers, other accessories, and warranty pricing??

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    Ebrink

    @DBegley: Put me also on the list for Europe!

    I was planning to buy one the day after tomorrow (it's released tomorrow in the Netherlands).
    Now try to wait another 3 weeks... gonna be hard...

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    ittac

    yepp! One surface pro @TechEd Europe is going to be mine.... Cool

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    MikeColon

    Please, PLEASE make this available to those who attended MMS!!

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    Vecna

    May as well cancel the keynote...

    I have a question- in this " Surface Pro 128GB standalone for $399.99 USD"  I'm not sure what "standalone" means.  Thanks for an awesome offer!

     

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    Helmer

    Count me in for a Pro and an RT at TechEd Europe Smiley

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    jsnow

    @Vecna:Standalone means without a keyboard.

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    jshoq

    @Vecna: I think they mean just the Surface Pro itself, no covers.

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    DBegley

    Please note that you do not need to miss the keynote. There will be enough devices for everyone to get one of each.

    The Microsoft retail store will be open for business Sunday, June 2 through Thursday, June 6 at TechEd North America. See daily store hours below:

    Sunday, June 2:  12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Monday, June 3:  10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 4:  9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, June 5:  9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday, June 6:  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    You can't miss the store located in the middle of the TechExpo in Hall D between the game zone and the digital wall.

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    jdwallace

    Buy the RT if not just for the Touch cover.

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    LeiChat

    I'd love one for $99, or £99.
    Need some TechEd/Surface love in the UK. Smiley

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    Revisit

    Do we need to get a badge prior to purchase? I am wondering I can purchase this before i head to pre-con? Thanks.

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    DBegley

    @Revisit Yes. You need a badge to access the TechExpo. You will not be able to get this before the PreCon, unless you're running late to your PreCon. The store opens Sunday at Noon.

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    mattgrif

    I am so conflicted I am super excited for first pre-con, super disappointed I won't have Surface pro at it!

    You should open super early for hour or 2 for Pre-con attendees!

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    Vecna

    @mattgrif- love this idea.  But, to be honest, it would mean I would spend most of the precon fiddling with it, so maybe this is for the best.

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    sethkn

    Man where was this at MMS!!! I guess I should have applied to be a speaker at teched instead!

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    Doug_​Kinzinger

    SOLD! Booyah!!

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    Doug_​Kinzinger

    @MichaelBender:Ditto

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    coryw

    Awesome deal! I'll have to get both.

    Not to complain, but is there any way we could get the type cover instead of the touch cover, or at least a discount on the type cover? I've heard that it works much better.

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    mderooij

    All your Surface are belong to us!

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    Curtiss

    "and for those of you who went to MMS instead: @$*& you!" -The Surface Team 

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    Daniel​Stinson

    @mattgriff If you got one before the precon you'd spend all your time playing with your new toy!

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    Erdal_Ozkaya

    I have a Surface Pro, but will buy one for my wife and the RT goes to my big boy Wink

    Love it Smiley and I highly recommend surface pro, specially if you are a traveller Wink

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    walterh

    Sold, One of each please!!

    Will we be able to add in the Microsoft Complete at the time of purchase?

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    TommyToww

    lol, everyone wants to be Apple lol.

    www.GetYourAnon.tk

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    Susantha Silva

    Common we all know most of the MVP's won't be able to attend and we try to grab what we missing by going to Channel 9 or online webinar's. That doesn't mean we don't like to attend but we face numerous challenges. But an offer like this should be extend to people like us as well. After all 5000 of those devices to b given among MVP community with that price won't hurt Microsoft right?

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    Jarred​Capellman

    Sunday just got even better, very excited!

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    Rafael Machado

    Shut Up and take my money!!!

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    iamsaltman

    Coolio.  Very coolio. I will be getting one of each.

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    dnewkirk

    Sounds Great! But, Are both units upgradeable when the 8.1 upgrade comes out or will these units be obsolete and left behind?

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    cbae

    , DBegley wrote

    Please note that you do not need to miss the keynote. There will be enough devices for everyone to get one of each.

    The Microsoft retail store will be open for business Sunday, June 2 through Thursday, June 6 at TechEd North America. See daily store hours below:

    Sunday, June 2:  12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Monday, June 3:  10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 4:  9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, June 5:  9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday, June 6:  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    You can't miss the store located in the middle of the TechExpo in Hall D between the game zone and the digital wall.

    Does this mean that even expo-only attendees can purchase one?

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    WesB

    Now it's going to be a long 3 days... Looking forward to both RT and Pro.  

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    Scripting​Wife

    Will Microsoft employees be eligible to purchase at this price? What about spouses of FTE's? Thanks

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    Vecna

    Folks with tablets already- what do you use them for most of the time?

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    mfifer

    TOTALLY unnecessary.  And TOTALLY awesome!!!

    -=- mf

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    SteveHunter

    @cbae:Tried calling MS Store for 1/2 hour, but no resolution... I'm also interested to know if the offer extends to TechExpo booth exhibitors. 

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    firth

    Does this offer apply to TechExpo Only Pass holders too?

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    warprunner

    What about Teched in Europe please? Let us know Devil

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    reiter

    Wow -- Awesome Deal -- Can't Wait!!!

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    charbelhanna

    Guys that can't attend the event and are also loyal Microsoft Friends can't benefit from this great offer ? :((((

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    Tobias

    What about Europe?? :)

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    H4WL3YW00D

    Super stoked! I just woke up on the floor - it appears as though the blow of information was too much for me. Someone call my cat back - i just scared her away with all the commotion. Oh S#!t i also knocked over a plant. 

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    JHahnDe

    Great Deal! Imagine super longe queues of people waiting to get one! One? No two, RT and Pro

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    Paulz

    What will be the offer for europe ?

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    Peter Schmidt


    Awesome deal!

    Will you have the same deal at TechEd Europe ? :)

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    Incredible​Mouse

    Uh, yea, if you could come in on Sunday, and get a Surface Pro, that'd be great. Mmmm. Yea. Sign me up.

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    fcuss

    that's a DEAL...   been waiting for a reason to get a PRO.. this is the reason Smiley

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    Henk​Hoogendoorn

    Would be nice to extend it to those that attended MMS as well??

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    Bosse

    Europe?

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    MMA

    @ColoBob:You can get a discount on my touch cover keyboard. I need a Danish keyboard layout.

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    Kevin Yan

    How to be TechEd member?

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    wwwally

    Whoo, that's a great offer!

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    rasicoce

    I will be picking myself up a Pro at TechEd for sure!

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    slo32

    Does this offer apply to people who will only attend the techexpo?

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    OtherGuy

    Will we be able to buy more than one if others do not buy them? At the end of the conference maybe?

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    Burrito

    This is an awesome gesture!

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    gsmhelper

    Just want to get my hand on this device w/o paying the whole conference fee. So, if I register for a "TechExpo Only Pass", will I be able to get the deal?

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    RikardStrand

    @DBegley: I'm also attending Europe. Would be a nice gesture from Microsoft to have the same offer there (as well as all other Tech Ed's around the world).

    Please fight for us to have the same offer. :)

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    tabaldwin1

    I'll take 2 please

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    Kurt

    Very cool! Will there be tax on the Surface? Want to make sure I have the right cash. MS should have a cash line for these...

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    AlanFlorance

    Will this offer be the same for Tech Ed Europe ?

    Regards

    Alan

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    jjdurrant

    Score!

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    TennisFreak

    I'm getting both!!!  This is to good of a deal.

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    Kevin

    If you can't attend, I will gladly use your ticket. I live in New Orleans, and I will send you the RT if you want to buy it.

    louisiana (AT) outlook.com

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    sparky46

    Please don't forget us in Europe and bring this offer to Teched Europe

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    ljrivera

    This is awesome! Definitely leaving my netbook at home. Hello Surface Pro!

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    AshishKumar

    I wish they would offer touch cover with surface pro (and charge extra $99), otherwise, people will end buying both for sake of cover itself.

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    Venkat

    Anyone on this forum (going to TechEd, of course) willing to get me one. Please.

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    TimC

    Like Kurt asked a cpl of hours back, I am wondering if there will be tax added on?

    Sending cash with a co-worker, so want to make sure he has enough.

    Thanks for the sweet deal!

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    DBegley

    @sparky46 Stay tuned for any TechEd Europe announcements.

    @TimC and Kurt.  Yes. Louisiana State Sales Tax will be added onto the purchase price.

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    DBegley

    Please note that the Microsoft Store at TechEd will be only running credit card transactions, and will not accept cash payments.

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    zyvxn

    @Vecna: You asked how we use our tablets....

    I use my Samsung Series 7 Windows 8 slate in the same ways I used a notebook computer. Since getting it, I've not touched my netbook that I bought for portability.

    I do have a Bluetooth keyboard that I carry around too. Between the slate and keyboard; however, it is less space and weight than my notebooks. I find that I only pull out the keyboard when I'm doing coding or writing on the machine. If I'm doing other tasks with minimal typing, I use the on screen keyboard.

    I find I keep it with me a lot more. I also use it for a lot of 'less productive' things that a notebook just doesn't work for. I have use it with my xbox as well as use it when watching television to follow social media response.

    My initial inclination was that this was great for playing games email. I've found it is much more useful than that.

    If you use technology, then you'll find there is plenty to do with a tablet.

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    RussThomas

    That's pretty much a no brainer.  Wow guys, thanks.

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    TimC

    Thanks for the info DBegley! :)

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    Mike

    Does Microsoft Store at Tech Ed take all major Credit Cards?

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    Tobias

    @DBegley How long should we stay tuned for the Europe announcements? :D

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    Willy

    Does this offer apply to TechExpo Only Pass holders too?

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    Kurt

    Hi DBegley, can I pay for the surface with Microsoft Store gift card?
    Thanks!

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    EricFitch

    The excitement is unbearable......I'm shaking like a hairless Chihuahua!

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    jszczepa

    Awesome deal.  Will get both.  Quick question for everyone. What's the best way to get two additional laptops home?

    I can't carry them on the plane since I'm only allowed one carryon and that will be my work laptop (which I have to take with me).  Not to mention I would have to take them out of the box and put each of them through security.  I also don't feel safe putting them in a checked bag.  I'm sure they would magically get "lost" with the disclaimer that the airline is not responsible.  I may have no choice but to ship through a UPS or FedEx store.  Any other ideas?  Thanks.

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    GHH

    Glad I'm flying in a day early...second in line on Sunday, my wife will be first.

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    zyvxn

    @jszczepa:  I'll carry them home for you.....  

    I was actually just having this same discussion with someone.  It would be a great if the Microsoft store at the conference could offer a shipping option - even if only for those of us in the US. Imagine they could get a discount if they were shipping hundreds of small boxes....

     

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    mikecrawfor​d71

    @DBegley is the store a member of Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS) to allow international visitors like myself a claim back of the sales tax? if so, is it a pay first, then claim after (at the airport) scheme or can the tax be avoided on presentation of my passport at the store?

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    DBegley

    @mikecrawford71: The Microsoft Store representatives will be able to let you know when you get onsite.

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    Vecna

    @zyvxn  Thanks for a thoughtful, insightful answer.  I rely on my notebook a lot because it has 750 gigs of storage, 6 gigs of RAM and is great for modern gaming (like SWTOR/WOW).  By comparison, tablets seem like toys.  But you made good points, and when I checked out lifehack, there were dozens of similar responses.  And this is a great way to get to know Win8.  So I'm looking forward to getting to know these two.    Thanks again.

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    expta

    For those interested in dimensions for packing or shipping, I called the Microsoft Store and had them measure a Surface Pro box. The RT is the same size:
    4.35 lbs (1.97 kg)
    15"×8.25"×2" (38×21×5 cm)

     

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    Mahmoud

    Begly
    please make them accept cash, you have worldwide attendee with different restrictions

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    craditp

    Amazing!!!! I'm speechless , can't wait until Sunday!!  Thanks MS

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    Qraze

    I'm gonna get one! Big Smile

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    riley4523

     @DBegley Does this apply to TechEd Expo only attendees?

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    J03pw

    w00t!! Excellent promotion!!

    Do we need a CC with PIN or can we swipe and autograph at the TechED MS Store?

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    jszczepa

    , expta wrote

    For those interested in dimensions for packing or shipping, I called the Microsoft Store and had them measure a Surface Pro box. The RT is the same size:
    4.35 lbs (1.97 kg)
    15"×8.25"×2" (38×21×5 cm)

     

    Thank you.  Very useful information.

    Just found out that there is a UPS store in the convention center in Lobby F.  Guess I'll head straight there after purchasing.  Very convenient.

    THE UPS STORE 900 CONVENTION CENTER BLVD LOBBY F NEW ORLEANS,LA,70130 504-670-8941
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    patgerber
    Wow!!! Amazing, I'm buying both!
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    riley4523

    @DBegley:What about TechEd Expo attendees only?

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    kangkim1

    Great!!!!!!!!!! Sold

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    gregisett

    Will we be able to order at TechED and have it shipped home?

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    David

    I hope this is also available during TechEd Europe :)

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    LayneCope

    Yeah! Count me in for both!

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    realpat

    Can you purchase 2 RT'S or 2 Pro's? Or only one of each?

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    webridges

    This is just the motivation I needed to purchase one!

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    HugANerd

    Good timing, the motherboard just died on my laptop, and it's cheaper to get the pro than a replacement motherboard. Probably better than carrying multiple laptops all the time anyways Smiley

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    DBegley

    @realpat:You can purchase one of each.

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    DBegley

    @gregisett:The devices will be distributed at the event. Shipping is not provided.

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    Otto Bock

    Any news on europe offers? :)

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    Rich

    I will not be attending TechED.

    Is there any way I can get one of the Surface RT 64GB models at $99.99?

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    Magnus Bjork

    I really hope this offer will be available in Madrid as well!!!!!

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    Mariod1

    Sweet hold one for Monday.

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    psikic

    Any word on extending this offer to those who attended MMS?  Most people can't attend both conferences, and those who attended MMS should not be penalized for their decision.

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    thebyte

    Is the Surface PRO and RT offer available to TechExpo only pass holders?

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    Techiedude

    For those worried about shipping, don't forget that MS is also giving attendees a backpack. That could be your second carry-on on the plane with one or both tablets in it or u might be able to fit the RT in your laptop bag with the laptop and the Pro in the MS TechEd backpack.

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    jackm75

    Sweet deal!  I'll be getting both!!!

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    GHH

    I've decided, one of each...

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    Randy

    Will Exhibit-only attendee be able o buy those as well?

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    Anuj

    Wish had someone buy and ship it to me(ofcourse I'll pay)...

    Would love to have pro...

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    Jayson Guglietta

    Expo only passes, can we also purchase them?

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    Mmmm

    You can carry a few laptops plus tablets as long as you can put them all inside your carry on bag and your backpack. There is no hard rule as how many computers you can carry, though you have to put each laptop on a separate bin at security checkpoint. You can search to see how others say about this.

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    John Barsodi

    Dang it! I can't attend TechEd this year... Perhaps the Surface 2/One will been on similar discounts for MEC2014!?!???

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    Sam Nadeau

    We need this for folk who went to MMS!

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    MSFT Employee

    Is this good for MSFT employees who are attending TechEd?

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    Hitechredne​ck

    Thank you MS

    I can finally give up my old win3.1 Compaq Concerto after all these years

    It was my 1st Win based Tablet and I used it to do the impossible way back when.

    So now a new Tool to do even more impossible

     

     

     

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    DBegley

    @MSFT Employee:This offer is not available for Microsoft FTEs.
    @Hitechredneck: Awesome! Enjoy it!
    @Jayson Guglietta: No. The offer is only available t

    • Full Conference Pass Attendees.
    • Partners (with an orange Sponsor/Exhibitor Attendee Badge)
    • Faculty and students
    • Press
    • 3rd Party Speakers
    • 3rd Party Staff

    @psikic @Sam NadeauMadJohn Barsodi: No word on offers to other event attendees.

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    Gmac

    cool cant wait to get there today and buy mine

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    Jamie​Mitchell

    Evidently this is not available to purple badges, darn.

    If anybody isn't going to use their Pro purchase shoot me a message Smiley

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    omonigatti

    Can I have the Surface RT with other keyboard layout (Swiss German)?

    What's with the power adapter? Is this only available with the american format?

    Thanks much for the answer.

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    omonigatti

    Can I have the Surface RT with other keyboard layout (Swiss German)?

    What's with the power adapter? Is this only available with the american format?

    Thanks much for the answer.

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    Steve Hunter

    Just found out only full attendees can get the deal. NOT exhibitors :(
    See https://plus.google.com/113060928544570003449/posts/YVmwFcxbmzz

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    Vecna

    Scored mine during lunch; it only took 75 minutes!  And I beat most of the crowd!  Tomorrow at 10:30 should be memorable.

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    rich

    Anyone down there right now? What's the wait time?

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    AkvTiger

    I might head down in a bit to give it a try. 

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    Duncanma

    @AkvTiger: Keep in mind folks, you can get these devices any day this week ... the lines are pretty big right now ... but there is no reason to rush down and stand in line.

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    mmarr12

    And the guys at work who just paid a Grand are going to be furious! Lol. Smiley

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    bozemancoll​ege

    Wow I wish I could have gone....Sad wouldn't suppose anybody would pick me up one? haha

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    NoMore​MSEvents4us

    I'm really disappointed that you guys changed the offer to exclude Booth Staff. The original post didn't make any mention of Purple badges being excluded. Really crappy thing to do and this will be the last event we sponsor. My entire staff is very unhappy.

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    JoseM

    This blog was definitely edited from a few days ago to now say Orange badge only for Exhibitors. I sent the link to everyone attending from our company and it clearly said Booth Staff(which I thought was too good to be true since we always get little to no love). I'm definitely bummed to learn purple badge gets no love :(

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    csharpfritz

    @DBegley: I was the one who pointed out your error on this page when I was kicked out of line after waiting 20 minutes to purchase a pair of devices.  The staff on the floor here in New Orleans called someone, with me standing in front of them, showing them my phone demonstrating what you call an 'error' on this article.  You quickly edited this article TWICE today... and now you're including everyone except the exhibitors.

    Why are you excluding the exhibitors of this conference?

    I'm not asking for freebies, I'm not asking for a favor.  I'm asking for you to abide by the offer you posted and the media picked up and rebroadcast.  You created quite a stir with this post...

    http://www.zdnet.com/whats-behind-microsofts-surface-fire-sale-7000016200/

    https://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsofts-surface-tablet-fire-sale-now-under-way-219637

    http://www.windows81.com/2013/05/teched-2013-attendees-can-get-surface-tablets-for-just-99/

    Can we clear this up by letting the other attendees participate in this offer on Thursday?  This way, attendees can be sure to get their device, and others can still have a chance to participate at this conference.  Don't create bad feelings in your customers and more importantly in some of your partners who posted above because of a communication problem between two of your departments

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    Jfmoots

    Aw bummer...

    I was excited the whole plane ride here to get a Pro for myself and take my boy the RT. I headed straight over, registered, and went right to the long line only to have a staff member tell me my badge wasn't valid for this promotion. This article was positively edited to dis-clue purple badge booth staff. What a buzz kill...

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    Rokksol

    MS probably didnt expect so much interest on either device and these things are just being sold righ, left and centre. In addtion, they also announced today Sunday June 2nd @ 5pm while shutting down the stored line up for surface devices that there will be plenty of devices for all Attendees (those that qualify for the promo I suppose). Anyways, anyone that gets the chance to grab these enjoy! otherwise if you are not interested help others that are. I expect MS to work something out for those that currently dont qualify for the promo.

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    jjdurrant

    Waited in line 2.5 hours.. worth it!

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    Incredible​Mouse

    I decided not to wait in the incredibly long line. I had a certification test to take anyway. I'll try again early tomorrow morning. The line was just entirely too long.

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    JFK

    @DBegley - Disappointing to see the terms were changed on the Surface promo then you went back and edited your old post… Quite a few unhappy people because of this….

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    Tobias

    Please give us som information about the TechEd Europe Offer :)

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    mvpatrick

    I would love to take advantage of this great offer, but I am unable to attend TechEd this year. I just returned from Interop 2013 in Las Vegas. Microsoft did not offer anything like this there. Any chance that I could somehow take advantage of this offer? Thanks.  Big Smile

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    Moreno

    I hope to find the same offer at Build

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    Henk​Hoogendoorn

    RT: Would be nice to extend it to those that attended MMS as well??

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    omonigatti

    Can I have the Surface RT with other keyboard layout (Swiss German)?

    What's with the power adapter? Is this only available with the american format?

    Thanks much for the answer.

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    marial71

    I would gladly pay $299 for online order and shipping costs? Sad  pretty please!

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    cdkimmel

    @Dbegley - Are these available to those of us who have just purchased a TechExpo pass only?

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    MSPartner

    @DBegley This is a great offer, thank you. However, as a partner paying for an exhibitor space (about 10k+ for booth plus travel expenses) and supporting MS in their efforts, it is dissappointing that only full exhibitor badges are able to take advantage of this offer (we receive 1 as partner & exhibitor of our 5 total people attending). Missed opportunity for MS to get more tablet marketshare and have MS partner using the devices and spreading the good word about them. And lots of dissappointed employees here.

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    Another​MSPartner

    @DBegley I second some of the other thoughts from partners here; this really is an amazing offer. We are an exhibitor and have requests for at least 15 Surface devices (mix of Pros and RTs) from folks at our office, most of whom would probably NEVER buy a Surface, given that most of them have iPads. This was an opportunity for MS to promote a device that has been slow to be adopted. And considering what it costs us to be at the show, it certainly doesn't seem fair that we (exhibitors) are being excluded. My 2 cents - you have an opportunity; please try and do the right thing here.

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    MadAboutThe​Surface

    Welcome to SurfaceTech2013. Glad we paid to sponsor Microsoft's selling bonanza. Not to mention how you screwed all the Booth staff out of it who pay just as much if not more to be here. Mircrosoft should OWN UP to their mistake and open it up for everyone else. Sessions are slow, booth traffic is slow because everyone is so caught up on purchasing.

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    LayneCope

    Thank you Microsoft! I LOVE my new Surface and NOW I even understand where you are going with Windows 8!!!  This toy ROCKS! And I can even do some work with it!

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    ElieA

    I guess I'll get another iPad instead of the surface pro if the offer doesn't appy because i have an exhibitor badge. my entire team was exited by the offer at first. Way to disapoint

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    Ove

    Any news on offers fors TechEd Europe in Madrid?

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    RockmanNeo

    No Surface love for booth personnels (purple badge)? :(

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    Hooray

    Purple badges are now allowed to participate! Thanks MS!

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    Tbolesen70

    Anyone that has not used the RT offer and can let me buy it for my son so both of them will get one?

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    slo32

    I was unable to attend the entire conference due to a conflict but could only make the techexpo.  Will techexpo passes be able to buy one also?  We shouldnt be discriminated against.  I am an avid microsoft user also and as stated above the original post did not give specifics and was later edited.

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    ssinger

    @DBegley: I paid for the TechEd conference then my boss said i couldn't attend.  Is the offer good for paid attendees who couldn't attend?  Say YES!

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    KevinS

    @ssinger... send me an email, maybe we can work something out. I work a couple blocks away. Show ends @ 3 tomorrow!

    louisiana AT outlook.com

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    Teo

    Please keep the offer for Europe the same! Pretty please :)

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    Derek

    Wow, lot of complaining on people not being able to purchase one. But if you could are you going to evangelize the product and stand behind it or are you just whining because you couldn't get a new toy?

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    david

    Still no news for the Europe offer? :)

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    Troy Lanphier

    TechEd Expo (only) attendees were NOT allowed to get either machine, though this post initially said that they would be able to.

    Additionally, ALL printed signs at TechEd said that TechEd Attendees would be able to purchase these - there was NOTHING that said Grey Badge holders (Expo only attendees) would not be able to get a Surface.

    Initially, the Vendor staff were not able to get Surfaces either, but Microsoft relented on the second day. I kept hoping things would change, and checked regularly until the trade floor closed yesterday, hoping that Microsoft would follow what the signs (and this post, initially) were saying. No luck.

    Went home with no Surfaces. Microsoft staff had to ship extras back home with them. I would understand if the Trade Floor attendees would be last to receive these, in order to make sure that all full ticket attendees got a chance, but I really don't understand why Microsoft would turn down willing, paying customers.

    Truly Disappointed - Next time, please communicate things like this ahead of time and stick with what you communicate.

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    ssinger

    @KevinS: Kevin, thanks for the offer to help.  You are appreciated!  My schedule here at work prevented me from monitoring this post and couldn't get back to you in time. 

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    tdmwlm

    @DBegley: curious, please surface or not surface that's the big Q (for Teched Europe)

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    Steve Stock

    Bring on the Surfaces to TechEd Madrid! :D

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    WillemsPh

    Please, let Teched Europe attendees have the same oportunity like the Teched NA attendees.

    It's a great oportunity for us.

     

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    syl74

    @DBegley:How can it be possible for MSFT to make an offer on Surface to US TechEd and not on Europe TechEd ? 

    What a bad message sent to all european developers...

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    MisterX

    http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TechEd/Special-Surface-Offer-for-TechEd-Europe-2013-Attendees#fbid=cG7xCjUZQxV

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    Matt5150

    How do you activate Office on these?!  It's asking for a  key and I don't see anything Office related in the box.

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    Belve

    who can buy one for me and ship it to me? :)

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    Wayne

    Wish I would have gotten one..

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    aspies

    How do we get a receipt for our purchase? I did not get one via email and I have tried contacting the registration support and they are not getting a response on this issue either.

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    Ali Khurram

    The Same offer in Australia is for $300 what a Rip off. I will not buy it for $300 what they giving away for $100 in USA. In fact I will never buy Windows tablet for this unfair thing. I will buy Android or IPAD. I was planning to get it for $300 but now seeing it is offered for $100 to USA make me feel treated unfair. Nps you guys use it I will check what I can buy from Australia. Never Never Windows Tablet. :o))

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