Microsoft extends $199 Surface RT school discount to September 30th

Microsoft cut the price of the 32 GB version of the Surface RT tablet down to $349 just a few weeks ago. Before that happened, Microsoft offered to sell the Windows RT device to qualified K-12 schools and colleges for just $199 each until August 31st.

Although that date is now just a few weeks away, Microsoft has now elected to extend that Surface RT $199 offer to schools for a few more weeks. ZDNet.com got a statement from Microsoft which stated:

Thanks to great customer interest, we are thrilled to share that this special offer to education institutions will continue until the end of September. Microsoft has a long tradition of supporting education institutions, and this offer is intended to get Surface in the hands of even more educators and students.

Just a reminder: This $199 offer is being made for schools and colleges to use, not directly to students, although the schools could then lend or let their students purchase the Surface RT tablets.. The discount also includes buying the Surface RT with a Touch Cover for just $249 or a Type Cover for $289. Besides the US, this discount is being offered in 24 other countries.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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If what, in essence, is an improved netbook can handle the tasks at hand, then buy. However, if laptops or desktops are more appropriate, buy them.

the idea is to brainwash younger generation to loves the crappy metro, so there will be less resistant of metro-ism in next generation.

Let face it those who resist metrofication are usually the veteran from non-metro generation.

So yeah, selling at loss is a long-term investment on MSFT part.

Unfortunately, I have 3 nieces & nephew. Theirs school aren't participating in the program, so they can't take advantage of the deal

Don't worry folks.. MS will extend this offer to everyone after school is over. When they make it $150 then I think it is not bad for web surfing and you tube.

Is there a contact at Microsoft to email/ and ask if you supply them with a .edu email they'd let you buy? My wife is a teacher. Would be nice to get this instead of a Nexus 7

No, it requires a lot of School accounting information on the order form,

If your Wife is a teacher ask the accounts team if she can order it through the school, there is nothing limiting this to the IT Department.

If they OK it show the interest with the headmaster (however the school is setup) see if there is interest in the school to put an order in.

All you need is the schools accounts team on-side and the cash to pay for it and that's it..

As a University instructor, I wish I could order one for myself to use when teaching my classes, instead of counting on my IT department to order anything (we still have most PCs running Windows XP for Christ's sake...)

I agree! It's an excellent deal, but it sucks that teachers can't order it... I mean I get it (you can imagine all these teachers ordering it for personal use and abusing the offer - same with students with .edu emails). IT departments need to get on this ASAP.

I really wish they would offer this directly to any student with an .edu address. My brother is in college and he and a few of his friends want Surface RT to bring to class (because of Office) but they won't pay $349 for them. $249 with a cover they will though. Plus my brother's girlfriend could get me one

Have you tried asking your schools IT Department?
No harm in asking if the school would be keen to bulk order some for students, IMHO its a great way to improve school productivity

I'm not in school but my brother is and he went to the computer store on campus with the flyer from a while back printed out but they gave him some generic "thanks for your interest, we'll see" line. The comp store where he goes is very pro-Mac though.

Don't see the harm in opening it up to .edu email address, like with the $79 4-year Office Student 2013 subscription they have. I doubt MS will want to firesale any inventory like HP Touchpad and destroy the Surface brand, and this looks like they're helping out students.

Stryker297 said,
I really wish they would offer this directly to any student with an .edu address. My brother is in college and he and a few of his friends want Surface RT to bring to class (because of Office) but they won't pay $349 for them. $249 with a cover they will though. Plus my brother's girlfriend could get me one

I think they way they're making this deal possible might be part of some program where because it's offered directly to schools MS gets something out of it which allows them to cut the price this low? I'm just guessing here but if they tried to sell it to students then that wouldn't be the case, if it is. We could be talking tax cuts or something for selling to schools at lower prices?

Stryker297 said,
I'm not in school but my brother is and he went to the computer store on campus with the flyer from a while back printed out but they gave him some generic "thanks for your interest, we'll see" line. The comp store where he goes is very pro-Mac though.

Don't see the harm in opening it up to .edu email address, like with the $79 4-year Office Student 2013 subscription they have. I doubt MS will want to firesale any inventory like HP Touchpad and destroy the Surface brand, and this looks like they're helping out students.


Im not sure how your region would work but ideally the computer department of tech department
(In Aus) The IT Department would be responsible for orders like this not so much the in-house computer store (Guess it would be based on how the school is setup).

The order form asks for a lot of school-finance information which normally has to go via a schools accounting department to complete.

GP007 said,
MS gets something out of it which allows them to cut the price this low?

In AUS they get a special Tax write off for a lot of resources and it also allows early injection by schools into the learning place.

brent3000 said,

Im not sure how your region would work but ideally the computer department of tech department
(In Aus) The IT Department would be responsible for orders like this not so much the in-house computer store (Guess it would be based on how the school is setup).

The order form asks for a lot of school-finance information which normally has to go via a schools accounting department to complete.

In AUS they get a special Tax write off for a lot of resources and it also allows early injection by schools into the learning place.

Yeah, I figured it'd be part of some special program that lets you save on taxes OR the schools pay a bit and the gov program pays the rest? I bet MS isn't losing on these, maybe breaking even but not a loss even at $199.

brent3000 said,

Im not sure how your region would work but ideally the computer department of tech department
(In Aus) The IT Department would be responsible for orders like this not so much the in-house computer store (Guess it would be based on how the school is setup).

The order form asks for a lot of school-finance information which normally has to go via a schools accounting department to complete.

In AUS they get a special Tax write off for a lot of resources and it also allows early injection by schools into the learning place.

Yeah at his (and my) school the Computer Store is where students go for requests like this. They have employees in the actual store where you buy stuff, but also employees at every computer lab on campus. They're also basically the IT staff/help desk for students.

Dinggus said,
So, my school can't order this for me to actually keep?

You can, but your school would need to foot the bill and it would be abit hard to run that past most schools.

I have my orders in Apparently the AUS team got slammed with orders under this system so delayed 1-3 weeks

Dinggus said,
So, my school can't order this for me to actually keep?

If you're willing to pay them back for ordering it then maybe? If what you want is them to buy it and give it to you for free then I dunno, could be harder.

GP007 said,

If you're willing to pay them back for ordering it then maybe? If what you want is them to buy it and give it to you for free then I dunno, could be harder.

I don't expect to have it for free, I would like to order one and pay them back.

I hope my school buys Surfaces, but it's unlikely. My district usually only does technology stuff during the summer, and that's over now. If they were to ever buy Surfaces, they would go to the teachers first, and usually the school listens to the teachers' first experiences with all their new technologies, so the teachers will just use Windows 8 for 2 minutes, and complain. I still respect my teachers, they're all cool people, but when it comes to technology, I can't say they're experts.