In September, as part of a massive meeting in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft's full time employees were told that they would all be able to get free Surface tablets. It's been three months since that meeting, and over a month since attendees of Microsoft's BUILD 2012 conference all received their own free Surface RT tablets, but today is now the day for Microsoft team members to get some long-awaited no-cost swag.
It's Christmas in Redmond! We all get our surfaces today! twitter.com/OmarShahine/st…— Omar Shahine (@OmarShahine) December 12, 2012
ZDNet.com reports that a number of Microsoft employees took to Twitter to announce they have received their free Surface tablet today. The article states that employees in the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Austria, Ireland, Puerto Rico and New Zealand are all getting their tablets today, with employees in other countries to get their units sometime later.
The apparent plan is for the vast majority of company employees to have their Surface by Christmas. The generous move by Microsoft comes on the same day that the tablet is also selling to the general public in the US outside Microsoft Store locations. Staples and Best Buy have now started offering the tablet to its customers for sale.