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Microsoft cuts the price of Surface Pro by $100

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Microsoft cuts the price of Surface Pro by $100
Microsoft’s Intel i5 powered, Windows 8 Pro packing tablet, the Surface Pro is now on sale at the Microsoft Store, $100 off both the 64GB and 128GB models.

Arguably, this is not a “get everything off the shelves” price reduction, but when prices start to get marked down it means that a successor may be in the wings, or Microsoft just wants to add some allure for folks getting ready to go to school.

We do not know if the Surface Pro has had any sales issues that its cousin, the Surface RT had (now deeply discounted). The Surface Pro appeared to have a much stronger launch thanks to the fact that it had the full version of Windows 8 Pro installed, and came with a stylus to boot.

The trade-off was significantly less battery life, but that did not seem to be much of a compromise for folks that wanted portability coupled with full-PC power and functionality. The Surface Pro also shows of a nice 10.6-inch 1920x1080 display.

The 64GB model now starts at $799 and the 128GB version starts at $899. There is also an option on a bundle package of including Office Home and Student 2013, 2-year warranty, TypeCover, INCIPIO sleeve and Surface Pro Screen Protector for $309 (normally $479). Taken together, that still puts the price range within other equally capable Windows hardware from other OEMs, but it is not stratospheric pricing.  By itself, the Surface Pro tablet is a worthy consideration amongst all the premium tablets, none of which arguably offer the depth or breadth of options a Windows machine can provide. 

If you like the new price of the Surface Pro, but are balking at the accessory bundle, and still want or need Office, look into Office 365 Home Premium, which includes all the apps, plus an extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage, 60 minutes of Skype calls each month, and perpetual updates for $99 per year.  That subscription lets you use it on up to 5 computers at once plus web-access to Office on-Demand from any connected computer.

The sale on the Surface Pro is in effect until August 29th and right now, is only being offered in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

source: Microsoft Store

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posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:35 2

1. karim77 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

Well,Microsoft you didn't have to show your guts off at the begining by putting your tablets at ridiculously high prices, now you are just humiliating yourself by reducing them

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:44 4

3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Well the thing is that Google is in a unique position. It's business model relies almost entirely on internet advertising revenue. While it's been working out very well for them because they can offer great incentives like free services and not charging OEMs for Android etc. having all your sourced revenue from one thing is very unstable and dangerous.

Microsoft is an older company so it's business model is traditional in that sense that they create a software product and sell it. They're making a transition that is currently underway to compete, but they can't just subsidize the cost of any hardware they release because advertising revenue isn't their main source of income like it is for Google.

I don't think it was them trying to price things like Apple. Their business model literally cannot allow razor thin margins, especially when they put a lot of money in R&D for a radically different design.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:57 3

7. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

And that's why we don't need Microsoft on the market anymore... We don't want closed software, and expensive hardware anymore, as you said we are no more in 1999.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:59 5

9. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

lol dude... you don't work right?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:07

10. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

why do you say this ? you are OK to buy a 1000$+ ...... tablet ?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:15 6

12. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

lol dude, I know you love your tablet for play but do you know that Microsoft are still the #1 in any work environment?

you are paying 800$ or 900$ (not 1000$ like the article said) for a full loaded pc with a nice touchscreen in a super portable size, maybe its not for you, but I think its a very attractive price, if you prefer you can buy a MacBook air for 1000$ without the touch screen, but its your choice...

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:34 1

15. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Microsoft is #1 but not for long. Every schools I where in now use Open Source Linux distributions, and editing software...

And I'm shocked to see you saying that people should still use Microsoft because you think they are #1.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:48 5

22. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

I don't know if for too long, i'm informatics engineer, and its look like neither google, or apple neither open source Linux will remove Microsoft from office environments...

tools like sql, office, outlook even lync are so important that I don't see any of those products in danger soon, neither windows...

btw 64gb ipad cost 700$, with 100$ more you have a intel i5 4gb of ram in a tablet format... don't look bad for me.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 18:27

23. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

For $1000 I can get a low end sager laptop that stomps all over this tablet.


posted on 04 Aug 2013, 18:35 1

25. papss (unregistered)

Sager? Way to reach...lol

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:18 1

13. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

And just let Google take over everything? Yeah, ok.

Google has impressed me more than Microsoft has lately, but you want them out of the market? Are you crazy?

We need a new Microsoft, restructured to do well in the future. Ballmer is taking steps to do that, and we'll see if it pays off.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:38

18. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

You don't know nothing because there is a lot of other OS on the market, when Microsoft will be over well another OS will just take it's place.

It is non sense to say that if microsoft goes Google will take every thing and you know it; since microsoft is like 1% of world mobile OS share so they can go with their politics, no one can even see it.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 18:31

24. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

You think some small start-up can match up against Android? Microsoft already has a small but strong footing established and that's why they aren't out yet even though they have such a small marketshare. Google, Apple and etc. could crush anything before it could even start gaining momentum.

The only way is if that small startup had some strong backing from big investors and veterans from other companies, which, if happens, would involve a lot of those "dark-handed business politics" that you seem to be demonizing Microsoft for. Sneaky and dirty play is the only way an unknown OS could start booming out of nowhere. I'm sorry, but the one who doesn't know anything is you...

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 19:26

28. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Again non sense you are saying. If the market goes 100% not only this is just plainly impossible because Google don't have the same poop politics as Microsoft just to gain all market share (ie: Windows for desktop), but any OS can take a good percentage on Google because indeed of what I just said, but also Google is not a "must have" OS. They don't sell for the moment their own hardware (I include Motorola because those are not at all aggressive) Samsung who sells the majority of Android phones can just start to make their own OS like before or use an other one if they find that Google is not competitive and don't complete their needs, as well as Sony, Nokia, HTC, Intel, etc... And in consequence if Samsung does this Google will be in danger. Remember that customers need to compare before they buy. If there is only one OS lot of chance that it will not sell well, if iOS goes down at 5% and Google 95%, people will stop buying like today. But not with the 1% of Microsoft. There is absolutely no need for Microsoft to be on the market, and I'm not even saying that additionally they are useless, even they really are.

You think like Microsoft where a company must have money and pay to push absolutely every manufacturer to use their OS (again the example of WP with Nokia, bringing Nokia down). Google is NOT like that, even that Android is free. Your startup story is a joke and now it's the manufacturers who choose witch OS they use not like before when Microsoft was paying them or giving them illegally advantages. If Jolla for example is indeed good Samsung or anyone can give it a chance, no need for your sneaky and dirty play you talk about. Now everybody can have a chance to compete when Microsoft will be finally 0% over.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 19:53 1

31. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

The way you put Google on a pedestal is just shameful, blindly giving them the benefit of the doubt. You think Google is some sort of angel because they give Android for free to OEMs. Their business model allows them to give it away.

Whatever its pointless. I can see that no matter what I say you won't see both sides of the coin. If Google gets put into a pressured position you're going to see what I mean... well, if they do.

Just because Google happened to be able to give OSes and services for free they're all of a sudden a more moral and forgiving company? That's just your wallet speaking. Then when Microsoft finds a new way to generate cash flow for more flexibility everyone will cry foul or call them a Google copycat. You're just anti-Microsoft just because.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 20:02

32. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

I'm happy to see finally that you accept the real reality.

When a company is doing non sense and contradictory bad things for 20 years, it's normal that every (intelligent, thus) one wants to throw them out of the boat later.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 20:08

33. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

And why are you so pro-Microsoft ?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 20:42

36. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

dude... android have been in the top of the electronic world for the last 2 years.... Microsoft have been in the top of the electronic world at least for 20 years.... you cant be in top forever... let the time tell how long can android be in that position....

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:07

38. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Android isn't really free. Sure it can be installed on many devices without charge, but if an OEM puts it on, they have to pay about $25 in royalties and licensing fees (hence the development of a true free OS described in an article last week).

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:58 3

8. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

so by your logic reducing the prices are "humiliating"....

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:39 3

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

No, still no buy.

Would consider getting it around $499. But then comes then next iPad and Nexus 10.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:47 4

4. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

You do realise that 499$ are high end iOS and android tablets. Surface pro is not your typical tablet but a full fledged pc inside of a tablet that runs any program your pc or laptop has and its running an i5 cpu. Surface pro will never be in the same price range as ipads. Thats where surface RT comes. You can find win8 tablets for ipad prices but they run atom cpu's that cant squize much juice to play a good pc game or programs like photoshop properly.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:52 3

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Yeah I realize all that. But when your iOS/Android screen is vastly superior, your battery life laughs all over the Surface Pro, when all your connectivity, browsing, info and content access is so much faster on the simplified OSs, then the Windows X86 program compatibility isn't that much of an edge. Not an edge at all actually in the tablet format, you'll be better off getting a laptop for work. As for a Windows TABLET, it's competition is still the iPad and Nexus 10 of the actual year, and you can check the sales how many agree with me, about 95%.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:45 4

21. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Surface pro is there to eliminate laptops and ultra books that business people and office people use. Tablets like iOS and android are used for browsing and gaming mostly, and emaling etc. You can't do any serious work on them. When I say serious I mean run specific programs that business and office people use. Surface pro can run any full windows program that companies use right now on pc's and laptops. Like I said, surface pro ISNT competing with android or iOS, surface RT(windows RT) is the one that will be competing with android and iOS. You are comparing apples with oranges. Yeah surface pro doesn't have great bettery,. But with new haswell intel cpu's that will be fixed too. Its the first version of a new tablet. Wait a year or two and it will be just great to have and no need for a laptop or ultrabook. Plus it supports wacom pen that can be useful for graphic designers and not only.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 20:14

34. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

The Surface is competing with laptops and iOS/Android tablets. Microsoft's goal is to have an operating system allowing you to have one device that can be used equally well for the powerful task performance programs of PCs as well as the entertainment and less performance intensive apps of tablets offering the most convenient and portable package. The problem is that the Surface falls short on performance of equally priced ultrabooks and is still a ways off from the thin and lightweight form factor with a days worth of battery life offered by other tablets. Your right this is Microsoft first attempt and they did put together a good, but overpriced package offering too little when directly compared to the competition by either people who need to run PC software, or those wanting the easiest travel companion for entertainment. I'm rooting for an all in one device to come out with fewer tradeoffs and hoping your right and Haswell will help make it become a reality.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 16:55 4

6. papss (unregistered)

I'm not sure what you are smoking but this PC destroys the iPad and nexus 10 if you want to compare them

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:09

11. sipha (Posts: 439; Member since: 12 May 2012)

Destroys them in what?? Benchmarks, right?? What bone is saying is that in real life functionality the surface pro can not justify charging double the price of its competitors... The two tablets are as fast in use, better screen & have essentially all needed software..

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:23 3

14. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

destroy them in everything!!!! you have all the software that pc windows have!!! I mean full office!!! full adobe photo editing suit!, full corel drawing suit, full 3d studio, full audio editing software! full support for any hardware add on in the market, are you comparing this with the regular tablets? are you crazy?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:37 2

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

All pointless for a 10" tablet, ur far better off doing all that on a properly built 15" laptop with larger battery and usable keyboard, not to mention the atrocious free space that can barely handle the Adobe SW suite and a few other programs.

Would YOU buy a $800 Surface Pro with barely any free space in x86 terms?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 17:43 3

19. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

obviously sometimes you need those tools on the go, that's why the ultrabooks are so famous

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