Cell phonesTomahawk, WI 3/28/2013 (BasicsMedia) – AT&T (NYSE: T) says it will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung (PINK: SSNLF) Galaxy S 4, the season’s most eagerly awaited smartphone, on April 16 for $250.

The amount is $50 above the usual introductory price for high-end smartphones.

AT&T didn’t say when the phone will go on sale in stores, or when the pre-orders will be delivered, but pre-orders usually start a week or two before deliveries.

The S 4 is the successor to the Galaxy S III, which has been the biggest competitor to Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone. AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to announce a price and pre-order date, but others have said they’ll sell the phone. British carriers started taking pre-orders on Thursday.

The Galaxy S 4 comes with a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery and a faster processor.

The world’s largest software maker  Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is seeing success in the government and education sectors. Its Office 365 suite won eight customers including the City of Kansas City, Mo; the City of Seattle; Dupage County, the University of Miami; the University of Colorado, and King County, Wash among others.

The suite won on different counts at these players. While the Kansas City government and the City of Seattle chose the solution to increase operational efficiency, reduce IT costs and lower carbon footprint , the University of Miami chose it to serve as a common platform of communication for its 40,000 odd students. The Miller School of Medicine’s adoption of cloud services makes sense as it is situated in an annual hurricane zone. The adoption of the service will ensure business continuity even in the face of adverse conditions.

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