Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 Pricing / Launch Event Info

Pricing

September 23 2013, in New York City Microsoft announced the second generation versions of their Surface hardware. Microsoft opted to cut their Surface RT down from $499 to $349 because inventory was not moving well and they also introduced a permanent price drop of $100 on Surface Pro models.

Listed below you will find the full Estimated Retail Pricing (ERP) for all of the new hardware and accessories.

Surface Pro 2 (all devices come with a Surface Pen)
◾ 4GB RAM/64GB storage – $899
◾ 4GB RAM/128GB storage – $999
◾ 8GB RAM/256GB storage – $1,299
◾ 8GB RAM/512GB storage – $1,799

Surface 2
◾ 2GB RAM/32GB storage – $449
◾ 2GB RAM/64GB storage – $549

Accessories
◾ Touch Cover 2 – $119.99
◾ Type Cover 2 – $129.99
◾ Power Cover – $199.99
◾ Arc Touch Mouse (Surface Edition) – $69.99
◾ Docking Station for Surface Pro – $199.99
◾ Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers – $59.99
◾ Car Charger with USB – $49.99

Launch Event Info

September 23 2013, Microsoft had the formal launch announcement for their second generation Surface hardware. Here is info.

Surface Pro 2
◾ 46% more color accuracy to the Surface Pro 2 ClearType HD display.
◾ Boosted speakers and added Dolby to Surface 2.
◾ Surface Pro 2 is faster than 95% of laptops on the market today.
◾ Graphics performance on Surface Pro 2 increased by 50%.
◾ Overall performance on Surface Pro 2 bumped up by 20%.
◾ Windows logo is gone from the back of the Surface Pro 2 – simply labeled Surface.
◾ Angle of Surface Pro 2 kickstand increased to better accommodate use on your lap.
◾ Surface Pro 2 battery life increased by 75% (approx 7 hours).
◾ Haswell processor in Surface Pro 2 which operates cooler and quieter.
◾ Surface Pro will start at $899.
◾ Four configurations: 4GB RAM/64GB storage; 4GB RAM/128GB storage; 8GB
RAM/256GB storage and 8GB RAM/512GB storage

Surface 2 (formerly known as Surface RT)
◾ Labels this as an introduction as if it is a new device vice an upgrade of the Surface RT.
Calls it a product revamp.
◾ Surface 2 is now available in a silver color. Word is that this will be the only color option
for Surface 2.
◾ Increased CPU speed; runs 3-4 times faster than Surface RT; has Tegra 4 CPU
improved bus, etc.
◾ Has USB 3.0 now.
◾ Added Surface logo to the device kickstand.
◾ Full 1080p ClearType display.
◾ 25% more battery life.
◾ Uses same injection molding process as Surface RT did but is thinner and lighter.
◾ Launches with Windows 8.1 as the OS.
◾ Last year launched with 10,000 apps; this year over 100,000 apps in Windows Store.
◾ Comes with Office just like Surface RT except Windows 8.1 adds Outlook to the suite.
◾ Surface 2 also has the two position kickstand like Surface Pro 2.
◾ Surface 2 docked can handle powering a 3840 x 2160 pixel display.
◾ Surface 2 will sell for $449.
◾ Two configurations with 32GB and 64Gb storage.

Both Devices and Accessories
◾“Best of Skype” for one year includes free international calling and free WiFi hotspots.
◾ 200GB of SkyDrive for two years.
◾ Type Cover 2 (new colors are purple and pink) and is 1MM thinner and lighter than
original Type Cover.
◾ Type Cover 2 is almost as thin as original Touch Cover and is backlit.
◾ Type Cover 2 comes out “next year” according to Panos Panay.
◾ Surface Power Cover adds 30w battery to device which adds 2.5 times battery life to
Surface Pro 2.
◾ Surface Docking station provides 3 x USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0; Mini DisplayPort; Ethernet;
Audio In/Out and power. Available in “early” 2014.
◾ Touch Cover 2 is also backlit and now has 1092 sensors compared to just 80 in the
original Touch Cover.
◾ Touch Cover 2 is also thinner and lighter than the first version.
◾ Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 work on all Surface products.
◾ Surface Remix Project is available on 22 October 2013. It is a special edition cover that
lets you remix your favorite music and share it and is in conjunction with Xbox Music.
See http://surfaceremixproject.com/ for more info.
◾ Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will be available on 22 October 2013 – just four days after
GA of Windows 8.1.

Pirated Software, Do Not Download

software_pirateIf you walked into a retail store and picked up software and put it in your pocket, it would be call stealing. But when you download software for free off the Internet, you forget that it is still stealing. Unfortunately there a big different between stealing from a store or downloading the digital version of the same product on your computer, it is still stealing.

To get legitimate software to work without paying for it and having a proper license key, hackers manipulate the software internally. Sometimes you can’t notice a hidden file or spyware program that has been planted within the software to watch your key strokes.

So even if the software works, it will be affecting your computer in some way or another. We have to consider the fact that there might be something contained in this software, maybe a virus.

Your identity can be stolen which is worth far more than free software downloaded. Hackers can sign up for credit cards and spend money like it’s going out of fashion, and all in your name.

When that happens you will never think about downloading pirated software again.

Trade in your iPad

iPad trade Surface

 

Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card
Use towards the purchase of a Surface or other cool products at the Microsoft store.

What a deal

How to redeem this offer

  • Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.
  • Looking to upgrade your tablet? Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro.
    • Surface RT
      The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
      Starting at $349
    • Surface Pro
      The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365.
      Starting at $799
  • See store associate for more detail.

Expires October 27, 2013

Windows XP Reminder

XP logoEnd of Support 212 days

Time to be thinking about upgrading or buying a new Windows 8 desktop, laptop or Surface pro 2 or Surface RT 2 will be running Intel’s latest line of chips a Haswell-based Core i5 and ram choices are 4GB or 8GB.