Microsoft lets businesses put in large orders for Surface tablets

Microsoft has so far promoted the Surface tablets a more of a consumer product, thanks in part to its highly choreographed TV ads. Now Microsoft has opened the door for large businesses to order mass amounts of both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro tablet via a new Surface Commercial Order website.

As reported by ZDNet, the Surface Commercial Order webpage is now live, although you have to have at least a Microsoft Account ID and password to see the page. One interesting thing is that Microsoft is not offering any discounts for large commercial orders. Business will have to pay the same price per tablet as everyone else does. The same goes for the prices of the few Surface accessories that are on sale, namely the Type and Touch covers, the power adapter, the VGA and Digital AV adapters and the Surface Pro pen.

Microsoft is also offering an extended three year hardware warranty for commercial Surface orders, which costs $200 for each Surface Pro tablet and $150 for each Surface RT tablet. At the moment, commercial bulk orders are just for US and Canadian businesses.

Microsoft has yet to reveal just how many Surface tablet it has sold since the Surface RT tablet launched in late October. A recent report claims, via unnamed sources, that so far only 1.5 million of the tablets have sold, which includes 400,000 units of the Surface Pro version.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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Still USA Only for surface pro so again totally pointless companies are not going to buy an RT tablet due to them being 95% consumer device and no better than iPad

I would argue that Office automatically makes them 100x better than an iPad, but each to their own opinion I still can't see why a company would want everyone to start using RT's though.

How many companies are there out there who can afford to ditch their perfectly serviceable laptops and desktops for Surfaces? Oh, lets not forget the tech support "hell" that happens when supporting two OSs, two UIs, training, etc., etc. It just never ends.

TsarNikky said,
How many companies are there out there who can afford to ditch their perfectly serviceable laptops and desktops for Surfaces? Oh, lets not forget the tech support "hell" that happens when supporting two OSs, two UIs, training, etc., etc. It just never ends.

Well, it is expensive to a degree. But by no means is this transition meant to take a year, two or even three.
The transition to this touch environment could take 5 years or more to really get the public liking or accepting it.

TsarNikky said,
How many companies are there out there who can afford to ditch their perfectly serviceable laptops and desktops for Surfaces? Oh, lets not forget the tech support "hell" that happens when supporting two OSs, two UIs, training, etc., etc. It just never ends.

The rise and prevalence of smart phones and tablets in the workplace makes this point moot.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Didn't realize businesses couldn't already.

Thus far, Surface RT and Pro have been available only at retail.

A small business could simply pop over to Best Buy and buy as many as it needs. A large enterprise rolling it out across its entire sales staff would have difficulty following this approach.

Microsoft is new to the PC OEM business. They're just closing the gap vs. HP, Dell, etc.