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Microsoft slices another $100 off the original Surface Pro tablet

The discount, which only seems to apply to buyers living in the U.S. or Canada, sees the first-generation model fall to $699 and is due to expire on December 31. The Surface Pro price was previously cut by $100 in August. Microsoft is almost certainly doing this to sell off remaining inventory and could well stop selling the first-generation device altogether from 2014, as it is no longer listed on the firm's main Surface website. The company announced the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in New York last month and the former is now available starting at $899. (Worth reading: The 8 best accessories for Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablets & Best Buy will pay [...]
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Air Canada will replace pilot manuals with tablets

Each pilot currently carries 35 lbs (16kg) of print instruction manuals on every flight. On some long haul flights, planes have up to four pilots – each with his own manuals. Saving weight – and thus fuel consumption – is the main reason for the Canadian airline to switch from print to tablets. Another factor is saving time: pilots won't spend as much time updating their print folders with every manual update. (Worth reading: High time — FAA recommends flyers use 'most' devices during take-off and landing.) Air Canada has not announced which tablet device it will purchase. But as its Sky Regional (Air Canada Express) planes [...]
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Microsoft makes Surface tablets available to more IT Resellers

Microsoft's Surface reseller program, which debuted in the U.S. last month, has now been extended to 17 other countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK. "In addition to offering Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage, resellers bring a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection," said Microsoft Surface Director, Cyril Belikoff in a blog post.  Source article
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Microsoft expands Surface tablet reseller program in Canada and Europe

Microsoft announced the news in a blog post and confirmed that the Surface tablets come to partners in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. These partners will sell the Surface RT and Pro tablets but will also be able to kit them out with special features in order to entice customers in the enterprise and education sectors. For example, resellers will be able to offer value-added services such as on-site service and support, device recycling and data protection. Source article
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Microsoft chops $100 off Surface Pro tablets

The deal sees the 64GB Surface Pro drop to $799, with the 128GB model falling to $899. The discounts do not include a Touch or Type Cover. Bar the storage, both models have identical specs including Windows 8 Pro, a 10.6-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display and a third-generation Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. However, while the recent Surface RT discounts are permanent, Microsoft has confirmed that these discounts will only run from August 4 to August 29 and will only be available in the U.S, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The deals are now available from Microsoft’s website.
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