Microsoft Surface RT drops to $199... for schools and colleges

By on June 18, 2013, 2:00 PM

Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet hasn’t exactly been a smashing retail hit but the tablet is about to get a much needed shot in the arm thanks to a limited-time offer for schools and colleges. Under the program, which will run between June 24 and August 31, the ARM-based slate will be available starting at $199 (or $249 with a touch keyboard cover) to K12 and higher education institutions in a number of countries.

That’s a significant reduction from the normal starting price of $499 for the base 32GB model -- or $599 with the touch keyboard cover. Microsoft also provides the option to get the type cover instead for $289 (ERP $629).

The offer is available directly from Microsoft in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (via Digital China), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Microsoft isn’t specifying an order minimum or limit for institutions but is recommending that they get their orders early “while supplies last.” The move comes less than a month since Microsoft announced it would be giving away 10,000 Surface RT units to teachers attending a recent education convention in San Antonio.

Whether this is a sign of the tablet’s poor performance or Microsoft clearing up inventory ahead of a refreshed version is anyone’s guess. The device was originally announced exactly one year ago but it didn’t hit the retail market until October 2012, while its x86-based Pro variant arrived a few months later.




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Guest said:

WOW. That would be a waste of almost 200 dollars.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Why doesn't Microsoft give up on this Surface RT thing? It doesn't even look like they can give these things away.

1 person liked this | Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

I'd be more interested in a discounted version of the Surface Pro.

treeski treeski said:

Why doesn't Microsoft give up on this Surface RT thing? It doesn't even look like they can give these things away.

Why should they give up on a product line just because its first generation didn't sell as many as hoped?

coppersloane coppersloane said:

Why doesn't Microsoft give up on this Surface RT thing? It doesn't even look like they can give these things away.

Because if they gave up on it, it would give MS haters like yourself even more reason to spread hate and assassinate the reputation of their products before they're even released.

MilwaukeeMike said:

It might have nothing to do with poor sales. Apple has been in schools for years and when those kids grow up they're all used to using Apple computers. Now that MS is making hardware, they probably see it as a great expanding market as schools are devoting more budget to technology.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Tablet is just as fast i5 on Pro side the only downside is the can't install x86 apps on it. I working on restoring a SKYTAB S970 from SKYTEX with Windows 8 Pro 64-bit on Dual Core Atom 1.5GHz that runs at 64-bit instead of the the new to be released ACER W3 that Dual Core Atom 600MHz on Battery Mode and 1.5GHz/Turbo 1.8GHz @ 32-bit. What I can see on the tablet side is very limited from the Microsoft Store most apps don't work some have way too much ads in the app on free ones.

To me it's like using SONY DASH with Windows 7 desktop. Uses a lot of memory so if you have 2GB or RAM model just rest to sure your going to be max out fast. 4GB on Pro with the i5 hefty price should be more ideal.

$199 for the Windows RT if you need to buy one still cheaper than ACER W3 with Windows 8 Pro 32-bit tablet cost you $349 to $379. With the doc/keyboard $429 or higher.

Lure is not there yet, if the cost is too high some will pay over grand for a tablet to me that's just outrageous to spend today.

howzz1854 said:

It's not a bad product. I tried one out at the mall. it's very intuitive and I liked the UI. their only problem is the pricing. if they can make this new discounted pricing available to the general public, they might just have a chance. otherwise, they can dream about competing with ipad.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

Even the surface pro is kind of bad. I tried it out and clicking the menus is pain, unless you have pencil fingers. That's why they throw in a stylus.

Guest said:

For schools and colleges ...

... and all kind of loosers

2 people like this | avoidz avoidz said:

If you went to school, you might be able to spell "losers" :-)

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

For $199, this is excellent for both IT support in Windows environment, as well as students. Bonus Office suite!

fl21289 said:

For $199, this is excellent for both IT support in Windows environment, as well as students. Bonus Office suite!

Wrong the RT doesn't include the Office Suite that is the Pro. Waste of $200 for us IT pros.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Wrong the RT doesn't include the Office Suite that is the Pro. Waste of $200 for us IT pros.

Actually, the RT includes Office 2013 RT, while the Pro doesn't come with it... An IT Pro should know that, and should know it's a really good device to RDP to servers etc.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Well it comes with RT since you can't install it unless is was on MS Store. On the Pro x86 or x64 you can install anything you want on there. Office 2010 or Open Office. Still Office 2013 and the new one out Office 360. RT price range now might open more doors?

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Why should they give up on a product line just because its first generation didn't sell as many as hoped?

Would you flog a dead horse?

Fbarnett Fbarnett said:

Its a new market for Microsoft and they have 8 to 10 % of it. I think that's pretty good it has not even been a year yet. All they got to do is make it better and better which I am sure they will. I think it is a crime to have apple in schools. When kids get into the real world a start a job business use pc's. I deal with hundreds of businesses and they all use pc's have never even seen a Mac in the field

treeski treeski said:

@Skidmarksdeluxe

Um, it's not dead. That's the point. If they gave up, it would be dead.

Guest said:

"while supplies last"

Sounds like a fire sale to get rid of a sinking ship.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

I have a surface pro, I love it, works great. As for the rt, I think it's still a cool device, it's not for me as I wanted the ability to install any and all things I want to, but it's a good tablet.

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