Each of the 94,000 Microsoft employees in the Redmond research campus will be receiving a Windows 8 PC and Windows 8 smartphone, as well as a Microsoft Surface tablet, all for free in time for the October launching of Windows 8 and Surface RT tablets.
Microsoft is preparing for the launching of its Windows 8 line of devices and services in October. In a report by Los Angeles Times, it was during a company meeting regarding the launch, which took place earlier this week, when Microsoft announced to employees that they were getting a PC, phone and tablet.
Director of Microsoft's corporate communications Lou Gellos said in a statement, "In order to make sure that employees have the latest and best technology to both be more productive and to be great evangelists, he (Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer) announced that they would receive a new Windows 8 PC to replace their current work device, a new Windows 8 phone and a Microsoft Surface RT."
Employee Cheryl Platz tweeted, "Great Microsoft company meeting, even ignoring my onstage cameo and Ballmer's generous Oprah-style hardware giveaways to all employees."
Digital Trends reported that although CEO Steve Ballmer guaranteed that his Microsoft workers to be fully equipped with the most innovative next-generation gadgets, the free Windows 8 PC can only be used for work-related tasks. On the other hand, the Windows 8 smartphone and Surface tablet can be both used for work and at home.
With Microsoft's daring entry to tablet territory, the Surface is set to compete with other swarm of tablets currently buzzing in the market, which includes the bestseller Apple iPad.
The Microsoft Surface tablet has a 10.6-inch size touchscreen and an aspect ratio of 16:9 identical to that of an HDTV. Two types of cover accessories, touch cover and type cover, are also available for the upcoming tablet. They both serve as a protective cover for the device, as well as a built-in keyboard that eliminates the need to type on the tablet screen.
Employees will get their hands on their new devices in October when Windows 8 launches. Surface RT tablets (basic version) will also launch next month. Surface tablets running in Windows Pro is expected to be released in early 2013.