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Staples Makes Windows 8 Easy and Launches Pre-Sale of New Computers

Exclusive “8 Was Easy” Launch Program, Plus Latest Computers Optimized for Windows 8

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2012-- Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world's largest office products company and second largest internet retailer, today announced plans to make buying a personal computer easier with the exclusive ‘8 Was Easy’ launch program. Starting Oct. 12, customers can pre-order the latest computers and tablets optimized for Microsoft Windows 8 at Staples and Staples.com and receive the free ‘8 Was Easy’ launch program, which includes free personalized training.

“This is an exciting time for Staples with a huge array of new computers and tablets designed to maximize Windows 8 and our exclusive ‘8 Was Easy’ launch program,” said Mike Edwards, executive vice president merchandising, Staples. “We also introduced new store layouts to highlight the latest products and allow customers to try out the newest technology. With our extensive selection and more than 4,000 certified Microsoft Advisors in our stores, Staples make it easier for customers to upgrade to the latest tech without concerns.”

The exclusive Staples ‘8 Was Easy’ launch program includes free personalized training, free support and free startup with the purchase of any Windows 8 computer. Consumers who purchase any Windows 8 PC regularly priced $699 and above will also receive free data transfer from their old computer. For more details, view ‘8 Was Easy’ offer on Staples.com.

Staples makes Windows 8 easy with more than 4,000 Staples associates who are certified Microsoft Advisors. These certified advisors have extensive product and new operating system knowledge to help customers find the right tech solution for their needs. The Microsoft Advisors will assist customers with personalized one-on-one training and equip them with the knowledge necessary to use all the great new features of Windows 8.

The latest, highly innovative computers that perfectly complement Windows 8 features are available for pre-order on Staples.com, arriving in stores nationwide by Oct. 26. Windows 8 features a new start screen to accommodate touch screens, live tiles that make it fun and easy to navigate, apps for work and play in the Windows store and more.

A selection of the newest computers using Windows 8 available for pre-sale are:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Twist: $899.99
  • HP Envy™ 4 Ultrabook: $799
  • Sony T13 Touch Ultrabook: $849.99
  • Asus VivoTab RT Tablet: $599.99 on staples.com
  • Samsung ATIV Windows 8 Tablet: $649.99
  • Or visit Staples.com for a full list

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.

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Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@staples.com

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