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[February 20, 2013]

Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Latest Example of Staples Meeting Technology Needs of Small Business

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--

Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products company and second largest internet retailer, announces the availability of the Windows 8 Surface Pro from Microsoft, a tablet that provides the power of a laptop. The Surface Pro is the latest example of Staples expanded technology assortment and helps bring to life the company's vision to provide every product businesses need to succeed.

The Windows 8 Surface Pro from Microsoft is the latest example of Staples expanded technology assort ...

The Windows 8 Surface Pro from Microsoft (News - Alert) is the latest example of Staples expanded technology assortment and helps bring to life the company's vision to provide every product businesses need to succeed. (Photo: Business Wire)

With an Intel Core i5 Processor (News - Alert) and full 1080p HD display, the Surface Pro is compatible with a wide range of desktop apps like Quicken, Outlook and Adobe Photoshop. Staples customers can purchase the Surface Pro 64GB Tablet both in store and online for $899 and the Surface Pro 128GB Tablet online only for $999. Staples also offers the must-have Surface tablet accessories, including covers, power adapters and keyboards.

Staples stores feature more than 4,000 Certified Advisors, associates certified by Microsoft Corp. with extensive product and new operating system knowledge, who assist customers with personalized one-on-one training on how to get the most out of Windows 8.

"Staples makes it easy for customers to research, purchase, install and maintain all of their technology products," said Scott Rankin, Senior Vice President, Technology Products and Services. "Staples has an extensive assortment of the latest tablets, smartphones, laptops and technology accessories, and cutomers can shop however and whenever they want, whether it's in the store, online or on-the-go."


Among the product and services Staples offers business customers:

  • Staples tech experts who can work with customers every step of the way, from installation and setup to regular maintenance and repair. Small businesses can make informed technology purchases online by visiting Staples Technology Research Centers, featuring videos and product comparisons.
  • The latest Android and Windows smartphones online or in select retail stores, including models from Verizon, T-Mobile (News - Alert), Sprint (online only) and AT&T (in-store only). Small businesses looking to take advantage of the Windows 8 platform can purchase the Windows Phone (News - Alert) 8X by HTC for Verizon or T-Mobile and can use the Staples upgrade eligibility tool to check instantly if/when they are eligible for an upgrade.
  • A wide selection of printers for small businesses, with top brands like HP, Brother and Epson. HP Officejet Pro 8600 series, Brother multi-function printers and Epson WorkForce Pro printers are perfectly suited for small businesses with fast print speeds.
  • All of the best tablets from Google, Microsoft, Samsung (News - Alert) and others. For small businesses, Staples features the Lenovo Twist, a four-in-one convertible Ultrabook that can be used in notebook or tablet mode for maximum productivity, or easily switch to a stand or tent mode for watching movies, reading or browsing.
  • As customers increasingly look to run their businesses using-cloud based services, the Staples App Center lets small businesses purchase and manage cloud-based applications all in one place, with a selection of the best business apps, an administrative console and one consolidated bill.

About Staples

Staples is the world's largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.


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