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Microsoft channel program will push Surface to businesses ( +11 photos)

The program creates a distributor network to push Surface to companies, government agencies and schools

  • Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • Customers try out Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • A sign advertising Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • Customers try out Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • Customers try out Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • Customers try out Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • Customers try out Microsoft's Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto on October 26, 2012.

  • The Surface tablet costs $US499 with 32 GB of storage.

  • Windows RT could mean longer battery life for users, but the OS won't run old software. All software and apps will need to come from the Windows Store.

  • Microsoft's Surface tablet runs Windows RT, a new version of Windows designed for mobile devices with ARM processors.

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