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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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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.


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