Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 | TechCrunch

The Surface 2 (but not the Surface Pro 2) also comes with Office 2013 (including Outlook), but that probably meant more before both Apple and Google recently announced that their smartphone/tablet productivity suites are free (for new iOS 7 devices only, in Apple's case)
"Microsoft is stapling two things to each new Surface that you buy: 200 gigabytes of SkyDrive storage for two years, and a year of Skype service that includes international calling. The play here is simple: Buy a Microsoft device, and the company’s services come along with it. Microsoft, as you certainly recall, is pursuing a “devices and services” model – this is the fusion of the two.
If you were to buy 100 gigabytes of SkyDrive storage for a year, it would set you back $50. You currently can’t buy 200 gigabytes at a time. So, the SkyDrive perk is worth $200 – theoretically – by itself. Microsoft is essentially buying your digital storage custom with the deal.
The loser? Other storage companies that do not match that scale, such as Box."
Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 | TechCrunch
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