15 Scenes From Microsoft WPC 2013: Surface, Hybrid Cloud Steal The Show

Surface Controversy

Partners waited in line for as long as two hours to purchase a Microsoft Surface tablet at WPC 2013. Microsoft marked down the Surface RT to $99 and the Surface Pro to $399 for the event. "It's our way of saying thank you," Jon Roskill, Microsoft corporate vice president for the Worldwide Partner Group, told CRN at the conference, adding that 16,000 units had sold between July 8 and 9. But Microsoft had angered some partners over the decision to sell Surface through 10 large account resellers (LARs) and not through solution providers.


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