Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:03

Surface Pro 3 hits stores and selected offices

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 - the tablet that thinks it's a notebook, or perhaps vice versa - has arrived in Australian shops.

The Surface Pro 3 is now available from JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman, according to Microsoft officials. There was no indication of the number of units that have been shipped, or how widely they have been spread across those companies' branches and franchised outlets.

Prices start at $979.

The new device is also available from MicrosoftStore.com, which is the only source of the $149 RED Surface Pro 3 type cover, a screen cover that incorporates a mechanical keyboard. The other colours - purple, blue, black and cyan - are offered more broadly.

Other accessories include the $59.99 pressure-sensitive Surface Pen, a $229.99 docking station, and a $49.99 Ethernet adaptor.

Surface Pro 3 is aimed at people who want or need the convenience of a tablet and the power and functionality of a notebook. See iTWire's review of the Surface Pro 3.

If you're buying for your organisation, the message from Microsoft is 'speak to your authorised reseller.'

Coca-Cola Amatil and Fortescue Metals Group are participating in an early-adopter innovation program, and receive Surface Pro 3 units today, Microsoft officials stated.

Internationally, BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and LVMH - Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton are among the companies that have committed to Surface Pro 3.

BMW vice president of IT infrastructure Mario Mueller said "Surface Pro 3 is a truly innovative device that will replace both a tablet and a powerful laptop."


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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