Microsoft BUILD 2012 attendees get their free Surface RT and Nokia Lumia 920

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Paolo Marcucci (@paolom) gets his free BUILD goodies

Around 10 minutes before the 7pm scheduled time to hand out the “BUILD 2012 goodies“, Microsoft staff began the process of handing out around 2,000 sets of the Microsoft Surface RT 32GB with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 and a coupon for 100GB of SkyDrive storage.

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Although not all 2,000 attendees are expected to collect their freebies tonight – the queue was so long in one of the two buildings that it went around a corner and almost went out a fire escape door, most attendees were rightfully anxious to collect their free devices to play with.

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Using a RFID (or NFC?) chip in their attendee badge, people were also asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement for the Windows Phone 8 device as they’ll be receiving future beta developer builds of the mobile OS before public release.

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