Did you buy the windows 8 phone, I5 tablet, or ultrabok? if not, were they loaners or demo's to your company? Why not get a surface the same way you got these devices? Not being combative, but just trying to show that we don't need personal deep discounts at an educational event in order to demo/showcase a technology.
@MikeBergin: To my knowledge, none of the other tablets that have made their way into enterprises (i.e., iPads, Android devices) are capable of being domain joined, processing group policy, etc. However, there is an RT version of Office 2013 that (presumably) runs Outlook. There is a Lync client. There is always O365. We live in a world that is increasingly becoming BYOD. As long as applications can be securely deployed to end-users (often via Citrix or MS RDSH/RDVH) then you can make it work in the Enterprise. People have been doing this with iOS and Android for years. RT is just another flavor there, though it's one that will probably be better supported than iOS or Android.
There is no Outlook for office RT. There are many BYOD devices out there that cannot be domain joined or "policized", but MS isn't giving those away either! I am not knocking the device entirely, I am simply stating that it would be foolish of MS to sell us a 100.00 surface RT or give them away for free. There is no benefit to the company to do so.
I am simply stating that it would be foolish of MS to sell us a 100.00 surface RT or give them away for free. There is no benefit to the company to do so.
Yes, and you've stated it repeatedly to the point that we can recite it by heart.
What we're saying though (and the point that I think that you keep missing is), we're not actually saying that it would be part of a business strategy, per se, to give us free or discounted hardware. However, it WOULD be a gesture that would be in line with previous behaviors AND would be appreciated by the community, and that is (in a sense), marketing. If they were basing their decision on whether or not to give away free hardware, discounted hardware, or any of the other perks that they've given away in the past on whether there was a concrete and quantifiable return on investment then they wouldn't have given anything away.
Yes, it would be nice.
Geez... First World Problems, folks.
I'm not trying to make light of the discussion, or people's desires for goodies. I should probably disclaim here: As a Microsoft employee, I have no insights into what if anything you'll get this year. But this is my 10th TechEd as a Microsoft Employee, and I attended 8 prior to that as a customer. I absolutely LOVE TechEd (obviously), but I do know that it's a LOT more fun as a customer than as an employee. You're all actually eligible for any giveaways! It seems every other year we employees have to beg for a conference t-shirt, and one year we didn't even get our backpacks until months after the event!
Whine whine whine... <heh>
On second thought.. no. Nevermind. I have absolutely NOTHING to complain about. I hope Microsoft is able to give you all that you desire at TechEd!
Well, Worldramp, looks like someone has been listening to you.
The sound you hear is me eating crow.
It a really good deal for the Surface RT if you figure its bundled with the touch cover. Its like they are giving you a free RT if you buy a touch cover.
Some companies have policies about expensive gifts given to employees from vendors so having you pay a small percent circumvents that in that you are buying it with your own money, only at a discount. Ha, its how congress gets things from lobbies.
The RT for $99 is just crazy. I have 32 GB RT that I like - I guess I'll buy the 64 GB RT for $99 - it is almost worth it just for the spare keyboard and power supply!.
@MikeBergin:So how about that Pro you were willing to bet?
Do you think they will actually have enough stock for everyone who is attending or will they sell out of what is on hand and then have you purchase the device but ship it from the warehouse?
They have enough stock for everyone to buy one of each onsite. Confirmed.
I wish they give out vouchers so that we can pick the product up at a local Microsoft store back home.
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