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It's a limited offer that runs through the end of August

Windows RT-hasn't been the most popular Microsoft product, but the tech giant is looking to remedy this by slashing the price of its Surface RT tablet for schools and colleges. 

Microsoft will soon introduce the "Microsoft Surface for education limited time offer" this month, which will offer discounted Surface RTs to schools and colleges interested in adopting the tablets.

The offer, which will reportedly run until August 31, 2013, will sell Surface RTs (without keyboards) to schools for only $199. The Surface RT retails for $499. 

If the schools want a touch keyboard with their Surface RT, the total price is $249 (retail $599). With a type keyboard, the cost is $289 (retail $629). 

Microsoft won't make K-12 schools or colleges order a minimum number of the RT tablets. They simply fill out a purchase order before the deadline, receive a confirmation from Microsoft and receive their tablet shipment. 

The limited offer will be available to schools 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 is expected to provide further details on the offer on June 24. 

Just last week, Microsoft announced that it was giving away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The idea was to spread RT adoption in schools by supplying teachers with the devices and even training them how to use it. 

Earlier this month, Microsoft was reportedly planning to cut the price of its Windows RT software for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that make smaller tablets. 

Hardware makers haven't seen a whole lot of success with RT. Back in April, many computer companies started slashing the prices of their RT-based tablets in hopes of clearing their stock. For instance, at that time, Dell's 32GB XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT launched at $500 last fall and dropped to $450. The XPS 10 was slashed again in May to a starting price of $299.99. ASUS' VivoTab RT was another device to take a cut ($599 at launch, cut to $382 for 32GB on Amazon while Newegg listed it as "discontinued").
 
Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it currently doesn't have any plans for an RT device. Acer called Windows RT "immature," and said that it is focusing on Windows 8 Pro and Android-based tablets instead. Samsung said it hasn't decided whether it should make a successor to its RT tablet. 

Microsoft's Surface RT inventory is likely pretty heavy as well, with Windows 8 Pro-powered tablets being a more popular choice (since RT is an ARM-based operating system that doesn't provide all the features found in W8 Pro). All these RT give-aways make it seem like Microsoft can't get rid of them fast enough. 

Source: ZDNet



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Homeschool?
By Lazarus52980 on 6/18/2013 10:44:48 AM , Rating: 4
I wonder if they would let me buy them for my homeschool at the discounted price. Could be worth it...




RE: Homeschool?
By retrospooty on 6/18/2013 1:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
LOL I wish...

My wife is a pubic school teacher, certified and all... So I was hoping she could get it. Apparently it cant just be someone that shows teaching certs... It has to be done through the school on an official Purchase Order :(


RE: Homeschool?
By Jim_Liquor on 6/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Homeschool?
By Motoman on 6/18/2013 3:17:41 PM , Rating: 2
$80k/year babysitting job huh?

Who wants to punch him first?


RE: Homeschool?
By retrospooty on 6/18/2013 4:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Clearly the result of a failing education system. ;)


RE: Homeschool?
By Kiffberet on 6/19/2013 7:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
Some blame the schools, but I recon his parents were just as stooopid!


RE: Homeschool?
By Kiffberet on 6/19/2013 7:36:48 AM , Rating: 2
Right about the babysitting. Prents expect teachers to bring up their kids these days.


RE: Homeschool?
By BRB29 on 6/19/2013 7:57:16 AM , Rating: 2
yep, hence why preschool, preK and summer schools are so popular these days.


RE: Homeschool?
By Jim_Liquor on 6/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Homeschool?
By Just Tom on 6/18/2013 8:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
You're exactly wrong of course. Only about 25K high, not bad. Heck, there is only one county in the entire country where teachers average more than 80K/year. And less than 40% of teachers are unionized.

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/high-sch...

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t03.htm


RE: Homeschool?
By retrospooty on 6/19/2013 12:43:47 AM , Rating: 2
Not a union member, and your fantasies about 80k per year are rediculous... It should be bit it isn't anywhere close.

Teachers for the most part take their extensive education that could make real money in the private sector and take far lower paying jobs to teach children, its a huge sacrifice, not a selfish free ride you heaping ignorant jackass. Seriously where do you come up with this crap? You have no clue.


RE: Homeschool?
By Jim_Liquor on 6/19/13, Rating: -1
RE: Homeschool?
By FITCamaro on 6/19/2013 7:14:58 AM , Rating: 1
As someone is pretty critical of the public education system, all I can say is wow. Way to look like an ignorant jackass.

You do know that many teachers don't get paid during that 3 months off right? Or if they do its because they spread their salary across the whole year instead of opting for it just in 9 months? That most get 2nd jobs to cover the gap or teach summer school?

As much as I despise teachers unions, they are not public government unions. They are independently run. Granted they might as well be in many cases since they run lock step with the Democrat party. Not to say all the teachers that are a part of them do though either.

My children will never set foot in a public school to learn. But that doesn't make them all bad. I have a public school teacher in my bible study class at church who is perfectly aware of the problems in public education. But he continues to do it because he wants to teach kids.


RE: Homeschool?
By BRB29 on 6/19/2013 8:08:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You do know that many teachers don't get paid during that 3 months off right? Or if they do its because they spread their salary across the whole year instead of opting for it just in 9 months? That most get 2nd jobs to cover the gap or teach summer school?

Technically no teachers gets paid for the entire year. They get to choose a 10 month pay or 12 month pay plan. The sum is the same regardless of which plan.

quote:
As much as I despise teachers unions, they are not public government unions. They are independently run. Granted they might as well be in many cases since they run lock step with the Democrat party. Not to say all the teachers that are a part of them do though either.

Teachers have always had union and it's always been the same. I think this is probably the only profession that needs a union currently. Teachers are scraping when it comes to salary. Fairfax County is known to have one of the highest salaries for teachers. A teacher with a master's degree only start at 49k last I checked.


RE: Homeschool?
By retrospooty on 6/19/2013 8:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
"Logic dictates that in the United States of America .. where I am from ... teachers are REQUIRED to be in a union. "

That is absolutely untrue. "logic" has escaped you, and you are again showing us your complete and utter ignorance. Most teachers are NOT in a union, and everyone and their mother knows they are way underpaid.

Just Tom is right above...

"You're exactly wrong of course. Only about 25K high, not bad. Heck, there is only one county in the entire country where teachers average more than 80K/year. And less than 40% of teachers are unionized.

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/high-sch...

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t03.htm
"


RE: Homeschool?
By BRB29 on 6/19/13, Rating: 0
RE: Homeschool?
By retrospooty on 6/19/2013 3:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... This guy is rediculously uninformed. It's like I said - Teachers for the most part take their extensive education that could make real money in the private sector and take far lower paying jobs to teach children, its a huge sacrifice being a teacher. They generally do it because they like children and want to do some good in the world. Noone... Absolutely NOONE gets into Teaching for the money, because there simply isnt any.


Market Share
By saarek on 6/18/2013 11:18:06 AM , Rating: 2
At this price they are likely losing money on each unit.

I guess they are trying to purchase market share, between this and giving away the thousands of units they might manage to get a blip on the stats.

Probably stock dumping and getting ready to write down the losses.




RE: Market Share
By HoosierEngineer5 on 6/18/2013 3:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
But at $90 for a keyboard, maybe they have plans to sell as a loss-leader and make a killing on the accessories (and software)?


RE: Market Share
By FITCamaro on 6/19/2013 7:15:50 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. About one thing. Get kids used to Windows young and they'll always use Windows.


Free stuff
By Ammohunt on 6/18/2013 1:18:22 PM , Rating: 4
Even if i could obtain one for "free" i still would not have a use for it in my household. Its a one off proprietary appliance with little to no software as compared to it competition.




RE: Free stuff
By Motoman on 6/18/2013 2:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed.

Now if they did this with regular Windows versions, schools should be all over it. Then it would be a useful device.

As it stands now, there's not really any way to justify having them at any price. Probably just MS firesaling them before closing the door on their RT product, even though they've insisted they won't do that.


If you don't know
By BRB29 on 6/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: If you don't know
By PrairieLeafFan on 6/18/2013 4:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
Surface Pro and RT are derivatives of MS's Surface Tabletop that was geared mainly towards education. See link below;

http://www.howstuffworks.com/microsoft-surface.htm

PS this has been around for nearly 10 years by now I would guess. Seen them at a few universities and at oil/gas companies that use them for real time topography/mapping/sensor tracking.


I have a serious question.
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/18/2013 7:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
How useful would this be for college? I have a nephew who is starting school soon and he can get either an Acer with regular Windows 8 or maybe this RT tablet?




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Tablets In Schools
By dsrinc on 7/17/2013 12:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
I think tablets in schools are a great thing. Especially when you consider how familiar the general public is with Windows, its interface, and its software. http://www.dsr-inc.com/tablets-for-schools




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