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Microsoft wants to move existing stock of original Surface Pro tablet

Microsoft is trying hard to get consumers to purchase its Surface Pro tablet. Back in August, Microsoft reduced the price for its Surface Pro tablet by $100 making the 128 GB Surface Pro available for $899 and the 64 GB version available for $799. Microsoft is now announced that it's taking an additional $100 off the price of these tablets.

The Surface Pro 128 GB tablet will be available for $799. The 64 GB Surface Pro will sell for $699 with the 256 GB version available for $999. These discounts are specifically for the original Surface Pro, not the recently announced Surface Pro 2 tablets.

The deal is valid from October 22 through December 31 of 2013, or while supplies last.
This is clearly a moved to get rid of all the stock of Surface Pro tablets left laying around and may help spur sales during the holiday shopping season.

For comparison the Surface 2, which is the new version of the Surface RT, sells for $449 with 32 GB of storage. The Surface Pro 2 is available starting at $899.

Source: TheNextWeb

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While supplies last
By exeedorbit on 10/24/2013 11:05:57 AM , Rating: 2
Heh.. yeah, take your time folks.

RE: While supplies last
By drumsticks on 10/24/2013 11:22:08 AM , Rating: 4
It's a good deal. A $699 Surface Pro, with stylus? A 64GB iPad costs $699. Battery life will be relatively atrocious (average for an ivy bridge ultraportable) but this is still a pretty excellent deal. You can manage windows down to ~10GB if you know what you're doing as well.

RE: While supplies last
By Argon18 on 10/24/13, Rating: 0
RE: While supplies last
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/24/2013 2:39:12 PM , Rating: 4
It's time to stop being a pathetic loser troll...

RE: While supplies last
By themaster08 on 10/24/2013 2:58:49 PM , Rating: 4
You've obviously not used Windows since Windows 95.

Time to rethink your mental health.

RE: While supplies last
By Samus on 10/24/2013 4:14:33 PM , Rating: 5
Why are both of you comparing a Surface Pro to an iPad. That's like comparing a McLaren MP4-12c to a Ford Fiesta.

The Surface Pro is an ultrabook with a removable keyboard. Call it a tablet all you want, but it isn't a traditional tablet.

It's also the best Windows 8 experience there is, because lets face it, Windows 8 sucks without a touch screen.

RE: While supplies last
By fteoath64 on 10/25/2013 3:44:25 AM , Rating: 1
"That's like comparing a McLaren MP4-12c to a Ford Fiesta"

Not that drastic but McLaren MP4 vs Mercedes SLR and here. I will take the SLR since the MP4 is way too hard to drive and control besides the insurance is going to cost more than a Fiesta a year!.

The iPad is more nimble in many tasks while its battery lasts and lasts. It is heck of a lot lighter.

RE: While supplies last
By Visual on 10/25/2013 4:01:16 AM , Rating: 3
Nimble? It can't do anything over a phone... and I already have a phone.

RE: While supplies last
By Visual on 10/25/2013 3:58:27 AM , Rating: 3
It is actually a traditional tablet. A tradition from long before Apple came and made you forget what a tablet really is.

RE: While supplies last
By Camikazi on 10/24/2013 4:19:06 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 is very stable and last I checked wasn't it iOS that needed a security patch every few weeks? As for reboots this uses full blown Windows 8 and I have not had to reboot my Windows 8 unless I installed a complicated desktop program, no app needed me to reboot. As for using them I would go with the one that allows me to use all tablet apps in their store AND every Windows program every made as well, it is way more useful than a tablet and mobile OS. This isn't Windows RT we are talking about here the Pro uses a full feature OS.

RE: While supplies last
By Visual on 10/25/2013 4:12:21 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, between the two I'd pick the one able to run Eve Online, Civ 5, LoL, WoW, PoE, Diablo 3, XCOM or most any other game; Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, CorelDRAW, VDub, AviSynth, AviDemux, 3DS Max, Maya, Autocad, Apache, PHP, MySQL, MS Visual Studio, Android Studio, or most any Windows software ever made. Hell, even a VirtualBox with OSX would not surprise me.
But you are free to stick to your Angry Birds on an oversized phone that can't even make calls for all I care.

RE: While supplies last
By overlandpark4me on 10/25/2013 1:01:39 PM , Rating: 3
You do know the reason there aren't a lot of viruses is because there aren't enough of your Apples around for the virus makers to care, right?

RE: While supplies last
By Argon18 on 10/24/13, Rating: -1
RE: While supplies last
By FITCamaro on 10/24/2013 2:14:31 PM , Rating: 3
Uh if I had the cash, I'd buy one. Only downside of them is the hard drive size. Attach and external monitor and USB3.0 hub and you have a handheld desktop replacement development machine.

Unplug it all and take it with you.

RE: While supplies last
By Argon18 on 10/24/13, Rating: -1
RE: While supplies last
By retrospooty on 10/24/2013 2:26:41 PM , Rating: 4
"The crashing, rebooting, constant security hole patching, you need an entire IT department of geeks just to keep it alive"


Seriously? Must you post your uneducated, outdated anti MS rant in every single article? How about just skip every other one for a while. We get it, you dont like MS and arent bright enough to get Windows working like the rest of the world has for the past (at least) 5 years.

RE: While supplies last
By themaster08 on 10/24/2013 3:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
He needs to be banned.

Don't expect any response. Anything that challenges his mentally unstable views will receive no acknowledgement from this troll.

He's one of these extreme Linux nerds that has nothing but hatred towards everything, whose views are so outdated it's laughable, and clear that this person has no true perception of reality and lacks any real world experience of any of the products he slates.

His posts seem to get worse, more extreme and more humiliating. The only convincing his posts achieve is convincing all of us that he needs to be committed.

RE: While supplies last
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/24/2013 3:11:38 PM , Rating: 2
He needs to be banned.

RE: While supplies last
By retrospooty on 10/24/2013 4:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
I know, I have gone at it with him before. He universally narrow minded. He can be ignorant on many tech issues, CPU, smartphone, desktop OS, server OS, you name it, he has a ridiculous opinion on it. LOL.

RE: While supplies last
By coburn_c on 10/24/2013 2:31:16 PM , Rating: 2

Windows 8 is hands down the best tablet OS. The gestures alone.. my god it's like you've never used one... I absolutely wanted the ability to run all my legacy apps on my tablet.. and not to be restricted to app stores and dumbed down software that doesn't understand the mouse as an input device... my god it's like your post was created with inflammatory rhetoric in mind.

RE: While supplies last
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/24/2013 3:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
my god it's like you've never used one...
He hasn't...

my god it's like your post was created with inflammatory rhetoric in mind.
This is all he does...

RE: While supplies last
By inperfectdarkness on 10/24/2013 3:26:14 PM , Rating: 1
Technically, the Xbox shouldn't exist either. The only difference is that MS threw so much cash at it that it had no choice BUT to succeed. Hell, MS probably spent more money marketing Halo 3 than it did making the damn game!

No, I'm not going to spend $1,000 on a glorified tablet.

RE: While supplies last
By Camikazi on 10/24/2013 4:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
The Kin was just marketed wrong (MS does a lot of this) but the Zune was rolled into and expanded on with Windows Phone 7 and 8. While it is true that MS devices don't sell well the people who do buy them love them and think they are better than competing devices but mass market appeal (the shiny) falls to Apple and Android right now so no one sees other options.

too much
By Hector2 on 10/24/2013 1:56:38 PM , Rating: 1
I like the Surface Pro but that's still way more than I'd pay. After the $99 Intel-based tablets come out in time for Xmas, as Intel's CEO promised, let's see what the prices are then

RE: too much
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/24/2013 1:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
After the $99 Intel-based tablets come out in time for Xmas, as Intel's CEO promised, let's see what the prices are then
Keep dreaming...LOL

RE: too much
By coburn_c on 10/24/2013 2:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well, those parts were already delayed a quarter, and then you have to consider they are 1\4 the performance, gpu and cpu, of the core series. The add in the features like digitizer, real ssd instead of mmc, x86_64 instructions, and that we still have no real world battery tests of bay trail...

RE: too much
By HiTekMuppet on 10/26/2013 6:44:31 AM , Rating: 2
Not $99, but Bay Trail tablets with Windows 8.1 are very affordable and should be considered by anyone who wants something different from iOS and Android.

Will Keep Mine
By HiTekMuppet on 10/26/2013 6:40:45 AM , Rating: 2
I will keep my Surface Pro till the battery dies or dies a sudden tragic death.

It's a fantastic device which enables me to do far more than any tablet with iOS or Android could. Reading is still better on iPad (with GoodReader) and Nexus 7 (and other 7-8" tablets) are the best to carry with you when outside. But the sheer power of the hardware and software of Surface puts it in a different class although I understand it's not for everyone. In fact, tablets in general are not for everyone and many, many people buy them because it is a trend or there is one very specific thing they do with it that can be done with other devices.

I have seen so many tablets (both Android and iOS) that hardly have anything installed on them except a few popular games and a couple of gimmicky photo apps or similar fart-app level apps.

By Captain Awesome on 10/24/13, Rating: -1
RE: maybe...
By xti on 10/24/2013 12:21:46 PM , Rating: 2
your x86 software that you have bought over the last decade+ cant run on andriod.

RE: maybe...
By mattbmello on 10/24/2013 12:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of a full version of Windows on an X86 system you want Android? A Linux distro I could understand but Android? Really?

RE: maybe...
By ClownPuncher on 10/24/2013 12:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
Android is fine for a phone or a media tablet, but it isn't at all a productivity oriented OS.

RE: maybe...
By drycrust3 on 10/24/2013 2:10:15 PM , Rating: 2
but it isn't at all a productivity oriented OS

...yet. Don't be surprised if Android based equipment does start appearing in offices and commercial environments soon, indeed it may well already be here. After all, we do see Microsoft's Surface tablets appearing as a product placements in programs like NCIS:Los Angeles, so it shouldn't be surprising if there is already some use of Android tablets within the commercial environment.

RE: maybe...
By FITCamaro on 10/24/2013 2:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
Chrome OS may enter the work place but Android never will. It's not designed to.

RE: maybe...
By ClownPuncher on 10/24/2013 2:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
Chrome OS may, but it's still largely just a netbook media consumption OS. It's limited enough to make Windows RT look like an amazing feat of software engineering in comparison.

RE: maybe...
By dsraa on 10/25/2013 9:37:50 AM , Rating: 3
I actually setup a chromebook for somebody at my office, and I gotta agree - its extremely light in terms of productivity. Its just the chrome browser, with google apps, and some extensions. That's it. We found it could be used as a presentation tool, or as a loaner for a guest to lightly do email and look at a spreadsheet or 2. Beyond that, there's nothing in the Chrome store, that would make it worth working on. We can't use VPN even, which means it can't even leave the office to work from home.

RE: maybe...
By HiTekMuppet on 10/26/2013 6:53:22 AM , Rating: 2
While ages behind Windows in terms of almost everything, I think Android is well-poised to get to a level that can be used in offices and for productivity. Google usually does things in this way, brings a half-baked product to the market but steadily improves and enhances it to a point that it seemed improbable to get there when it launched.

The idea of Chromebooks don't intrigue me enough.

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