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

By Jos · 21 replies
Jun 18, 2013
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  1. 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...

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  2. WOW. That would be a waste of almost 200 dollars.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Why doesn't Microsoft give up on this Surface RT thing? It doesn't even look like they can give these things away.
  4. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    I'd be more interested in a discounted version of the Surface Pro.
    Littleczr likes this.
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

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

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    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.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    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.
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    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.
  9. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    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.
  10. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    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.
  11. For schools and colleges ...
    ... and all kind of loosers
  12. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    If you went to school, you might be able to spell "losers" :)
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  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    For $199, this is excellent for both IT support in Windows environment, as well as students. Bonus Office suite!
  14. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 60   +40

    Wrong the RT doesn't include the Office Suite that is the Pro. Waste of $200 for us IT pros.
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    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. :)
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  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    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?
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Would you flog a dead horse?
  18. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    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
  19. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233


    Um, it's not dead. That's the point. If they gave up, it would be dead.
  20. "while supplies last"

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

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    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.
  22. Good one

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