Staples to Offer Microsoft Surface

  Staples to Offer Microsoft Surface

                    Surface Available Starting December 12

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- December 11, 2012

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company and
second largest internet retailer in the world, today announced it will carry
Microsoft Surface at all Staples locations and Staples.com as early as
December 12.

Microsoft Surface available at Staples (Photo: Business Wire)

Microsoft Surface available at Staples (Photo: Business Wire)

“Staples is excited to provide this innovative product to customers just in
time for the holiday season,” said Mike Edwards, executive vice president
merchandising, Staples. “Staples is a leader in offering the latest technology
for small businesses and consumers, and our customers can now experience
Surface in store or online.”

Microsoft Surface features an extension of the Windows experience, letting
customers work, play and connect with others. Features include:

  *Preloaded with Office Home & Student 2013RT
  *Integrated Kickstand for hands free entertainment
  *Tough yet elegant design at only 1.5lbs
  *Ultra-light durable casing equipped with Gorilla Glass 2
  *16:9 widescreen with high-definition ClearType display
  *Front and rear-facing 720p HD video cameras
  *Full-sized USB port and HD Video out port

Surface will be available at Staples and feature the following models:

  *Surface with Windows RT 32 GB - $499
  *Surface with Windows RT 32 GB with Black Touch Cover - $599
  *Surface with Windows RT 64 GB with Black Touch Cover - $699

Customers who purchase the Microsoft Surface from Staples will receive the
exclusive ‘8 Was Easy’ offer which includes free personalized training, free
support and free startup with the purchase of any Windows 8 computer.
Consumers who purchase any Surface regularly priced $699 and above will also
receive free data transfer from their old computer.

Staples customers nationwide can experience Windows 8 on the latest computers
and tablets, and get help selecting the right computer with support from our
more than 4,000 Certified Advisors. These advisors are Staples associates who
have become certified by Microsoft Corp. with extensive product and new
operating system knowledge.

Microsoft Surface is the latest addition to a wide selection of the newest
technology products at Staples. Staples full suite of technology products and
services include the latest computers, e-readers, tablets and smart phones.

About Staples

Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted source
for office solutions. The company provides products, services and expertise in
office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and breakroom, and
furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has
annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales.
With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout
North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for
businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside
Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at
www.staples.com/media. Follow Staples on Twitter at
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Contact:

Staples
Karen Pevenstein, 508-253-0879
Karen.Pevenstein@Staples.com
or
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com