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Surface RT price slashed by $150

Rumors started swirling this week that Microsoft was set to slash the price of its Surface RT tablet. The Surface RT tablet hasn't sold in the volumes that Microsoft had forecast so the Redmond, Washington-based giant is hoping that a steep price but will give its tablet some traction.

The base price for the Surface RT 32 GB tablet after the price cut will be $349.99.

The Surface RT with 64 GB of storage will sell for $449.99. Users wanting the Surface RT with the slick Touch Cover featuring an integrated keyboard will have to cough up $449.99 for a 32 GB version or $549.99 for the 64 GB version.


Staples ad for July 14
 
These price cuts now been confirmed by national retailer Staples via its weekly promotional ad. The ad says that the price cut will be in effect as of Sunday, July 14.
 
The move would come after Microsoft slashed the price of the Surface RT tablet for schools to $199. There are also some indications that Microsoft is set to launch refreshed versions of the Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets with new processors.

Sources: The Verge, Staples



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Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By Fivestarmichael on 7/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By inighthawki on 7/12/2013 11:19:35 AM , Rating: 5
With the exception of the quantity of pps available on Windows RT, I consider it to be an upgrade on pretty much every front. The OS is just as snappy as ios or android and is far more full featured with far more power at its disposal. Believe it or not there are people who like Microsoft's software. These days the only people who typically think of Microsoft's stuff s low quality are the UNIX fanboys that haven't used Windows since Windows 98.


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By corduroygt on 7/12/2013 3:11:38 PM , Rating: 2
My only problem with RT, besides the lack of Apps of course, is that not everything has been converted to Metro. You can still access deeper control panel stuff and the desktop. It has to be fully Metro to be a better alternative to the iPad (besides the Apps).


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By maugrimtr on 7/15/2013 10:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
These days the only people who typically think of Microsoft's stuff s low quality are the UNIX fanboys that haven't used Windows since Windows 98.


Depends on the UNIX fanboy ;). Their development tools and productivity applications aren't criticised that much by geeks unless they are wholly insane fanboys. I have an Office license and I use Windows 8 (cheap upgrade price + new PC made it worth the inconvenience of Metro).

I do a lot of programming using open source languages (like Ruby, Python and PHP) so for that I either switch into Ubuntu Linux or, when I need Windows available, I run Ubuntu from a virtual environment. It's not by accident that so many programmers not deeply invested in Microsoft's tech (.NET/C#/etc.) use Linux for their servers and either Linux/Mac OS for their main environment when coding.


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By inighthawki on 7/15/2013 10:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's not by accident that so many programmers not deeply invested in Microsoft's tech (.NET/C#/etc.) use Linux for their servers and either Linux/Mac OS for their main environment when coding.

That's interesting. Perhaps it's just the places I've worked and the people I've worked with, but I actually rarely see people programming on OSX/Linux, even outside of .NET/etc. It likely comes down to value and what exactly you're doing. Linux offers a lot of free tools to devs which makes it appealing for some, especially those without a lot of money, but in the end tools like Visual Studio blow everything else out of the water, and free versions are available these days too.


By annabelle101 on 7/18/2013 1:52:04 PM , Rating: 1
until I looked at the paycheck of $6283, I did not believe that my neighbour could actualy receiving money in their spare time online.. there neighbour has been doing this 4 only eighteen months and just paid for the dept on their cottage and purchased themselves a Alfa Romeo. this is where I went, www.Kep2.coM


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By Da W on 7/13/2013 10:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
Looks likes grown up boys who used to build computers in the 90s (intel celeron 300A + Windows 95, ah memories) still like Microsft. But kids nowadays, everything Microsoft does is crap. They prefer to give their souls to Google, Samsung and Sony. Thigs change.


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By WhatKaniSay on 7/12/2013 11:33:33 AM , Rating: 2
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If Google would come out with an operating system and alternative for MS Office I would gladly never use MS again


Google Already has an operating system --since 2009! It's called " Chrome OS " --- (http://www.dailytech.com/Google+Unveils+Linuxbased...
Google also has a primetime ready MS Office alternative, it's called Google App (Word, spreadsheet, etc).
It is more likely than not that you are aware of this, --considering you are reading/commenting on DT articles.
So you might need to reconsider what is ready holding you back. Certainly not lack of alternatives.


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By WhatKaniSay on 7/12/2013 11:37:02 AM , Rating: 2
that will be.....
So you might need to reconsider what is really holding you back. Certainly not lack of alternatives.


RE: Why would anyone buy a MS tablet?
By fortheloveofreason on 7/12/2013 11:48:39 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone with a lick of brains and normal size ego knew what he meant.


By Mitch101 on 7/12/2013 12:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
He was plenty smart enough to know he would have to explain it to the rest of them.


By hubb1e on 7/12/2013 4:19:53 PM , Rating: 1
The surface RT is a wonderful device and the OS is way more fully featured than Android and iOS. It can do things the others can't and I have both an Android tablet, an iPad mini, and my brother has a Surface RT. The Surface is the best of the bunch. The lack of Apps and the slow hardware are the only things holding it back, but MS is paying developers to convert their Apps to it, and the new quad core Snapdragon processors will fix the speed issue. I'm waiting on the Surface RT v2 and then I'm getting one.


One week sale
By Zuul on 7/12/2013 11:00:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
These price cuts now been confirmed by national retailer Staples via its weekly promotional ad. The ad says that the price cut will be in effect as of Sunday, July 14.


How come there's no mention that this ends on July 20th? That ommission implies this is a permament price cut.

It's a 1 week sale - the deliberate usage of the words "slash/cut" throughout the article sensationalise this like it's some kind of massive blow out.




RE: One week sale
By koenshaku on 7/12/2013 11:05:10 AM , Rating: 2
My immediate response was going to be that this was a Jason Mick article, but Shane McGlaun could indeed be worse! :o


RE: One week sale
By Zuul on 7/12/2013 11:45:23 AM , Rating: 2
It's almost like they're trying to draw out the anti-MS crowd.

IMHO - I honestly believe this is likely a trial-run to determine an optimal pricepoint for a big price cut.

I do believe Windows RT is likely a failure in it's current form. Personally I believe it's a lame-duck stop-gap product until they figure out while they try to apply their normal business model to this market (provide tier'd products to meet different price points like Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Pro / Starter). They're going to have to go back to the drawing board on this one for sure.


RE: One week sale
By Solandri on 7/12/2013 4:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, as tempting as it is to write them off, remember, Windows didn't become a success until version 3.0.


RE: One week sale
By nikon133 on 7/12/2013 5:33:51 PM , Rating: 2
There is no need for it. Atom based Windows tablet can compete with RT on every level, plus fully functional desktop mode.

I think RT should lose desktop, get simplified Modern version of MS Office and basically merge with Windows Phone down the path... Priced below Atom tablets.


RE: One week sale
By Alexvrb on 7/12/2013 8:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
If Windows RT didn't exist, Intel's tablet chips would cost twice as much. MS needed an ARM port. Now that they have one, maintenence is cheap from here on in, so killing off Windows RT wouldn't help them, and it might hurt them.

Other than that I agree with you that they need to release WinRT tablets at much lower price points. But I believe that's exactly what they're gearing up to do, especially with the release of a smaller (8"?) tablet. Combine that with more modern chips like Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 series, and they will compete better in terms of performance and undercut Intel-based devices on price.

I would like to see a Temash tablet or two, to put pressure on Intel from the x86 side too. I'd definitely consider getting one of those if the price was right.


RE: One week sale
By domboy on 7/15/2013 9:03:45 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
There is no need for it. Atom based Windows tablet can compete with RT on every level, plus fully functional desktop mode.

I think RT should lose desktop, get simplified Modern version of MS Office and basically merge with Windows Phone down the path... Priced below Atom tablets.


Windows RT should only loose the desktop if they release a fully functional ARM version of Windows 8... i.e. get rid of the restrictions Windows RT has in its current state (locked desktop etc). Windows Phone can be the desktop-less OS for phones and really small tablets, and have Windows 8 be the full OS for larger x86 and ARM devices (probably 10" and larger).

I do agree Windows RT in its current state is frustrating... the jailbreak really shows what it should have been.


OEMs Were Right
By Slaimus on 7/12/2013 10:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
This is also makes any third party WinRT tablets obsolete. It looks like the OEMs that ignored it at launch like HP/Acer where right.




RE: OEMs Were Right
By koenshaku on 7/12/2013 11:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
The sell last a week..


RE: OEMs Were Right
By UpSpin on 7/12/2013 12:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
The same with WP8. MS more or less 'bought' Nokia for releasing a smartphone with WP8 granting Nokia many exclusive rights which makes it impossible for other companies without those or other rights to compete. They can't change the hardware, and they also aren't allowed to alter the OS. All they can do is put the same hardware in a different case and add some apps. Yeah.
So Nokia is the WP8 smartphone producer which handles the hardware and navigation specific extensions, while MS handles the OS and remaining ecosystem.

Maybe MS will move the Surface production (at least with Windows RT) over to Nokia, too, so MS can focus on their OS and Office, instead of becoming a hardware producer and seller. Nokia can do this much better most probably.

The competition went with Android long ago and probably stays there, because only there they can add their own taste to the OS and hardware. (see Galaxy Note 10.1, the combo systems running both Windows 8 and Android, impossible with Win RT).
They probably stay there forever because only Android supports everything (Intel, ARM, MIPS Socs) while Windows RT only Qualcomm SoCs.


RE: OEMs Were Right
By inighthawki on 7/12/2013 5:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
I would prefer Microsoft to take full control of their ecosystem and deliver a full hardware experience to phone as well. While the specs on the surface may be trailing the latest and greatest android tablets, the surface is by far the most polished off looking device I've ever used. It puts the iPad to shame. Nokia by comparison is a joke with their big bulky plastic phones. I love my Windows phone, but I've refused to upgrade to WP8 so far because the choice of phone models is absolute garbage. If Microsoft released a Surface Phone, I would probably buy it on launch day.


RE: OEMs Were Right
By inighthawki on 7/12/2013 6:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They probably stay there forever because only Android supports everything (Intel, ARM, MIPS Socs) while Windows RT only Qualcomm SoCs.

Windows Phone and Windows RT should run on any ARM device. WP8 currently only uses Qualcomm, likely due to a feature set they want. Windows RT, on the other hand, already runs on a variety of devices. The surface runs on an Nvidia Tegra 3, for example.


Isn't this how it works for most products?
By stm1185 on 7/14/2013 1:30:06 AM , Rating: 2
When you have the new model coming out in a few months you do a sale to clear the inventory of the old model.

Surface replacement can't be that far off at this point. It launched in Oct of last year, a good 9 months ago no?

Though I hope they ditch Windows RT and make the next Surface with a Baytrail SOC and Windows 8!




By inighthawki on 7/14/2013 3:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft needs ARM to hold pressure on Intel to compete. If not for ARM, Intel's SoC chips would cost more and do less. Even if you hate RT, it has a useful purpose.


By TheJian on 7/14/2013 8:22:40 AM , Rating: 2
This will have no effect until they upgrade the chip. T3 at 1.3ghz sucks. At least up it to the T3+ @1.7. But that wouldn't get me to bite either. Too expensive with T4 about to hit in HP/Toshiba/Asus etc tablets.




Windows RT needs some music.
By jmarchel on 7/16/2013 8:12:06 AM , Rating: 2
Hey Windows RT. They play Chopin's Sonata #2 for you.




Tempting...
By Wolfpup on 7/16/2013 10:49:37 AM , Rating: 2
I think if it was $350 with a keyboard I'd have to bite. I (and probably everyone) really want a Surface Pro though, if not for the cost!

If RT had an x86 emulator built in, and/or could run non-Windows-store programs like real Windows, it would be a LOT more compelling. Even still, it's the only ARM based thing with Flash (even if only for whitelisted websites), and it is cool it works with external storage and keyboards and has a desktop of sorts...I mean IE + MS Office + real file storage (*cough* iOS) is very cool. Can't run slower than Android on a Tegra 3 lol




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