F1 launch exclusive Microsoft Surface Pro/RT + Digital Courseware!

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Please contact us if you are interested in obtaining either a Surface RT or a Surface Pro Tablet with your training

  1. Overview
  2. Free Microsoft Surface Pro/RT tablet*+ Digital Courseware with Microsoft certification tracks
  3. Half price Microsoft Surface RT tablet + Digital Courseware or iPad with any 2+ day course
  4. Free Microsoft Surface Pro or iPad tablet(s) with all F1 Training Vouchers
  5. Introduction to Microsoft Digital Courseware and skillpipe
  6. What is the Microsoft Surface Pro/RT tablet?
  7. FAQs*
  8. *Terms and conditions

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently declared that Microsoft now sees itself as a "devices and services company", rather than its traditional role as a software company.

Embodying this change, in October 2012 Microsoft has launched their own high specification NVIDIA T30 based tablet, Microsoft Surface with Windows RT and in January 2013 Microsoft are releasing the even higher specification Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor based tablet Microsoft Surface Pro. The Surface RT tablet also includes a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 and the Surface Pro runs both Store Apps and all existing Windows Programs.

Simultaneously Microsoft have launched their own skillpipe Digital Textbook Reader for Windows 7 & 8, a revolutionary new reader which enables students to read, annotate and share notes in their automatically updated Microsoft Official Curriculum course manuals.

Note that the offline Windows Store App ‘Microsoft skillpipe Digital Textbook Reader’ is now scheduled for release in spring 2013. Until then Microsoft Surface RT users can access their courseware online via Internet Explorer. Microsoft Surface Pro users can download and use the Digital Textbook Reader immediately.

We at F1 are excited by the benefits of combining Windows RT and Pro tablets with Microsoft digital courseware to provide our students with the very best tools for lifelong learning.

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In March 2013 Microsoft released an update to Microsoft CRM Online which for the first time gives iPad users direct access to their CRM The iPad's latest version of CRM has "new features" including  sales representatives who need to get work done from the road, while they're on sales calls". 

F1 new offerings:

To empower our customers to make use of these great new tablets F1 launched three amazing and unique offers for our customers.
  1. Book on any Microsoft certification track and you will receive a free Microsoft Surface tablet + Digital Courseware or a free iPad.*
    • If price listed on the certification web page is < £3900 you receive Microsoft 32Gb Surface RT (with a Surface Touch or Surface Type Cover FREE. Offer available between 15/05/2013 and 30/06/2013) or 16Gb IPad
    • If price listed on the certification web page is > £3900 you receive Microsoft Surface Pro 64Gb or 64Gb iPad
    Just select the Certification of your choice here.

  2. Book on any of our 2, 3, 4 or 5 day F1 courses and you can opt to receive a half price 32GB Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet + Digital Courseware  (£155+vat) or a half price 16Gb iPad.* Just select the course of your choice from our schedule here.

  3. Buy any F1 training voucher and you will receive one or more 64 Gb Microsoft Surface Pro or 64 Gb iPad tablets completely free of charge.*For more information see F1 Voucher page here.

If you choose Microsoft Surface tablet, you can also be confident in the empowerment you will gain by:

  • Accessing your training selected digital course manuals on your Surface tablet any time, any place.
  • Adding titles to your bookshelf with every additional training course you take.
  • No more heavy training manuals to carry and store.

Introduction to Microsoft Digital Courseware and skillpipe
See the YouTube video here
How to use skillpipe


Advantages of Microsoft Digital Courseware and skillpipe
  • Online and offline readers: access your courses anytime, anywhere from Windows 7 and 8. Windows RT app to follow in spring 2013.
  • Central bookshelf for all digital purchases.
  • Add new books to your bookshelf simply by entering redemption codes.
  • Be environmentally friendly – save paper.
  • Take your notes with you – automatic synchronisation in the cloud to access your annotations from any other device.
  • Keep up to date with course changes and revisions.

Collaborative Learning

  • Annotate and highlight sections in your course.
  • Share selected annotations with other members of the class.
  • Access shared highlights and annotations from your trainer for superior course or exam preparation.
  • Browse or search your digital Courseware for annotations or highlighted sections.

Digital Rights Management

  • Digital Courseware can only be authorised using one-time redemption codes.
  • State of the art DRM technology Hyperlink.
  • Digital Courseware is locked to the user’s hardware (hardware fingerprint).
  • All communication between the Reader and the Student is encrypted and secure.

Customer Experience

  • Customize your Reader interface
  • Text size and font type, colour mode, reflowable text
  • Embedded content search.
  • Print option.


What are the Microsoft Surface Pro/RT tablets?

The Surface Pro and the Surface RT are Microsoft designed and manufactured tablets that is receiving many enthusiastic reviews in the IT and National press.

Microsoft on their UK store web site state that the Surface RT is:

Who says that pretty can’t be practical? It’s time for a tablet that’s more than meets the eye. Powerful processing and beautiful design unite on Surface. Whether you’re working hard or hardly working, Surface’s integrated Kickstand and revolutionary Touch Cover let you work, play, and connect with others like never before. Plug into external displays like projectors and HDTV, and share your world. Pre-loaded with Windows RT, Microsoft Office 2013 RT, Xbox apps, and other essentials.

Likewise it says "the Surface Pro is all new, and yet you can do everything you’ve ever done on your PC. Touch-enhanced applications run as smoothly as your favourite desktop software, so you can work the way you want."

For more information please refer to the Microsoft UK Store site here


  1. Q - What if my Microsoft Surface tablet does not arrive before the start of my course?
    A - You have two options. If you have your own laptop, you can download your digital courseware and bring it along to use on the course. Alternatively, you can email us in advance of the course and we will provide, free of charge, a loan Windows RT tablet for use on your course. Note, these loan tablets are not to be removed from the classroom.
  2. Q - When will I receive my Microsoft Surface RT/Pro/iPad tablet?
    A - We order either your Microsoft Surface RT/Pro tablet from Microsoft UK Store site or your iPad from Apple Store as soon as we receive payment from you. Delivery is Direct from the relevant supplier.

  3. Q - Who is responsible for the guarantee that comes with the Microsoft Surface or iPad Tablet?
    A - F1 purchased the tablet on your behalf and ships it direct to your own address. Please contact either Microsoft direct as detailed here or Apple direct here.

  4. Q - When will I receive my Digital courseware?
    A - We order your Digital Courseware from Microsoft's publishing partner Avarto services as soon as we receive payment from you. Delivery is a direct download link sent to you via an email from Avarto. Please ensure emails from Avarto.com are included on your email white list.

  5. Q - What is different from ordering a course or certification with digital courseware and the normal printed courseware?
    A - When you choose F1’s digital courseware course option, instead of receiving a printed Microsoft Official Curriculum manual on the first day of your course, you will receive, in advance of the course, an access code for you to view and annotate your own skillpipe Digital Textbook manual which can be accessed from up to three Windows PC's or tablets.

  6. Q - What do I need to receive and use Microsoft digital courseware?
    A - You need to register a Windows Live ID. If you already have a Hotmail address you can use it. However, there are advantages if you use your normal company email address as a Windows Live ID instead. For more information please see here.

  7. Q - Can I request a printed manual instead of Digital courseware?
    A - Yes, just request "Printed not Digital courseware" when booking you course or certification and a charge of £15 per course will be added to your booking.

  8. Q - Can I have both Digital courseware and a printed manual?
    A - Yes if you have purchased Digital courseware you are welcome to print off your own manual and bring it to your course.
  9. Q - Can I choose a different tablet from the Surface?
    A - We understand that some companies do not have a policy to support Microsoft Surfaces, in which case we are happy to supply you with a tablet of equal value from another supplier.


*Terms and conditions
  1. You must quote the promotional code 'Surface Offer' at the time of your booking to receive this offer.
  2. You must pay the published price as shown on our Web site to receive the Microsoft Surface RT/Pro Tablet.
  3. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Offer/Discount/Promotion.
  4. All standard F1 Computing Terms & Conditions apply.
  5. Unfortunately Microsoft Software Assurance Vouchers cannot be used with this offer of the Microsoft Surface RT/Pro Tablet.
  6. Offers subject to availability.
  7. The Microsoft Surface RT/Pro Tablet will be dispatched to you once you have paid for the course/certification or F1 voucher and it come with standard manufacturer's guarantee and any issues or warranties relating to the tablet must be directed to the Microsoft and not to F1.
  8. Your Surface RT/Pro Tablet will be delivered to the delivery address as shown on your Order Confirmation or to an alternative address specified at the time of your booking.
  9. Currently your Surface RT/Pro Tablet can only be delivered to an address inside the mainland United Kingdom, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man and come with UK power adapter. However if you live outside of the UK please contact us and we will see if it is possible to accept overseas bookings and F1 place an order for your Microsoft Surface RT/Pro tablet in your home country  Microsoft Store site.
  10. F1 is not responsible for any liability if for any reason there was any tax payable by the recipient as a result of this promotion.