"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.Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 | TechCrunch
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."
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)