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Microsoft extends Surface RT educational discount

Due to the Surface RT's slim profile, features like an integrated Ethernet port had to be left out for the final production model. ZDNET reports that company called Pluggable had originally provided drivers to enable the use of USB Ethernet adapters on Surface RT, but Microsoft put an end to that generosity.

However, it now looks as though Microsoft will officially support Ethernet adapters on Surface RT tablets according to a source close to the company. ZDNET's Mary Jo Foley indicates that there is no definite release date for USB Ethernet support, but it will arrive between now and June 2014.

It should be noted that since Surface Pro runs a full-blown version of Windows 8, it has always supported a full spectrum of USB devices.

Microsoft has also announced that it plans to extend special pricing for educational institutions on the Surface RT tablet. The offer allows educational institutions to purchase Surface RT tablets at $199 each and was originally set to expire at the end of August 2013 -- the deal will now run through the end of September.

Microsoft recently cut the base price for the Surface RT tablet down to $349 to spur sales.

Source: ZDNET

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What about Pro Model
By techyguy on 8/7/2013 12:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
Due to the Surface RT's slim profile, features like an integrated Ethernet port had to be left out for the final production model.

The Pro model is thicker. Why was the Ethernet port left out on that model?

RE: What about Pro Model
By GoodBytes on 8/7/2013 1:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
'cause its still thinner than an Ethernet port.

RE: What about Pro Model
By WeaselITB on 8/7/2013 1:36:26 PM , Rating: 4
Let's compare --

8P8C ("RJ45" Ethernet) jack size is approximately 16mm to 16.5mm, give or take depending upon the exact jack build. Here's an example from Jameco --

Microsoft Surface Pro is 0.53in (about 13.4mm) thick --

So, even though the Pro is thicker, it's still thinner than a standard Ethernet plug. Hence, no built-in Ethernet jack.

RE: What about Pro Model
By Duncan_Macdonald on 8/7/2013 7:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
I have a thin cheap tablet (no-name chinese type) and it still provides a full ethernet port by using a connector like microUSB and a tiny cable with a microUSB connector at one end and an RJ45 port at the other end. (Passive cable - all the electronics is in the tablet.) If Microsoft had wished to provide a wired ethernet connection then they could have followed the same route. As usual they did not care about the customers.

RE: What about Pro Model
By troysavary on 8/8/2013 7:15:24 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, how often would someone use wired Ethernet on a tablet? While there are legitimate concerns with the first gen Surface, I hardly think, for most people, lack of Ethernet port is one of them. Unless you are specifically trying to find problems because you are anti-MS. And if so, name me an Android or Apple tablet that does have ethernet

RE: What about Pro Model
By nangryo on 8/9/2013 12:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
Because they NOT a true tablet. more of pc in tablet form.

The funny thing that i see here is that people in here will defend Surface Pro by saying that they are NOT a tablet, so we shouldn't compare directly to them. But when they did find something related that could give them the edge they will say otherwise like looks, all the other tablet doesn't have the either. What a double standard. The fanatics here is really bothersome

Byuer beware
By Ammohunt on 8/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: Byuer beware
By althaz on 8/7/2013 9:07:35 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, they really wouldn't.

The nexus is an awesome ancillary device. It is not a replacement for something that you do assignments on.

Don't get me wrong, I would buy a Nexus 7 before I'd buy a Surface RT, but not if they were available to me at the same price and certainly not if it was going to be my only portable computer (which for students and even a lot of others the Surface RT can be).

By markv.rodriguez on 8/7/13, Rating: 0
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