Microsoft offers $229 off Surface Pro 3 bundle at WPC 2014

Last year, at its Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft made its Surface RT tablet available to attendees for just $99, and the deal was so popular that the company sold over 16,000 of them at the event. This year, Microsoft's deal for those attending the event is all about the high end, with a discounted Surface Pro 3 bundle on offer. 

From today through to July 18, attendees will be able to purchase a Surface Pro 3 i5 256GB tablet with a black Type Cover 3 for $1199. The retail price for the two items usually totals $1428, so those buying the bundle at WPC 2014 will save $229 (or 16%) on the normal price. 

The promotional discount is available to Partners (All-Access), Exhibitors or Sponsors (including Booth Staff), and External Speakers (non-Microsoft), as well as analysts and members of the press in attendance. Only one bundle can be bought per person, and purchases will be charged the applicable local sales tax in Washington D.C. 

We're at WPC 2014 this week, so be sure to stick with Neowin for all the latest Microsoft news in the days ahead!

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At that price, I would bite. For me, it's more a question of getting an extremely mobile computer that I can use to get my work done, rather than an expensive tablet. If you're just browsing and watching YouTube videos, then yes, you're wasting your money buying one of these.

The weirdest thing about Microsoft's strategy with the Surface is that they have a really awesome product but seem to do everything possible to sabotage that.

It's a laptop replacement but only if you want to buy an accessory and pay a large sum of money to run Windows. You can't go after the MBA when the MBA is actually a laptop out of the box nor can you jack up the price based on build quality/aesthetics because the operating system can be found on low-end machines.

It absolutely beats the ###### out of the iPad until you realize that the iPad is much cheaper and more ubiquitous. If someone wants a somewhat niche product like a tablet, they'll choose something running Android that's very cheap or pick an iPad because of how common it is.

When the Surface was announced, I wanted one really bad. I prefer Microsoft/Windows. That was until I realized I'd be paying over $1000. It's worth that much in terms of quality but it's not worth that much to me. They can't use the same strategy as they did with Windows/Office of "we were here first so now we're the standard." They can't even slash their prices to saturate the market because then they would ###### off their OEMs.

Pretty much.

I was strongly considering the Surface Pro 3 until I saw the price. Decided it was far more than I wanted to spend and I got an iPad Air instead. Sure the iPad can't be my laptop, but I already have a laptop so no need to replace it.

This is a great summary of why Microsoft is not more successful with the Surface Pro.

Any why discount the Surface Pro at a conference where most everyone is already going to be inclined to buy one anyway???? Why not start throwing in the keyboard as suggested and/or offer a discount to the general public???

JHBrown said,
These discounts will hit retail in a few months. Patience my friends.

Doubt it, MS will kept their silly well over-the-odds pricing strategy.

JHBrown said,
These discounts will hit retail in a few months. Patience my friends.

Absolutely right, wait couple of more months and then you will get this with a steep discount. Same as with Xbone purchasers who over paid $100 for something which they will rarely use.

TruckWEB said,
Still waiting for a Surface Pro with a decent mobile GPU.

Seen people play BF4 and Crysis 2 on Surface 2 Pro.
How is that a bad GPU?

Playing games at lower resolution and lower quality setting in order to have decent frame rate is not what I call a good gaming experience.

It's not meant to be a gaming rig. With that said, I can get by pretty well with my first gen Surface Pro. Team Fortress 2 with the highest details at 720p isn't too shabby. I know it's an old game, but it still plays pretty well. Tomb Raider (2013) with low details at 720p also looks pretty nice. Now, this is on the small screen, not hooked up to an external 1080p display; that would look pretty bad (I've tried). All in all, it's a very good machine. I didn't get it for gaming, but the fact that I can, even with some minor setbacks is actually a plus to me.

The i7 has the intel 5000 card, should be good enough. Otherwise, have you considered the newest Razer Blade with a discrete Nvidia GTX 870M? Twice the price but you get the power to max out your games.

I agree with this and it has the hardware to do so but I think they should look at making a new "laptop" like "cover" that's hard enough so you actually use it like a laptop and not try to rely on the kickstand for "lapability".

I mean with how thin the SP3 is, what little extra thickness this type of attachment would add would be minor IMO.

That's exactly what is needed for that all important "never have access to a table, desk or equivalent flat surface" demographic.

I am a Microsoft fanboy but if I will spend $1,150 to $1,200 dollars in a laptop. There are much more better and cheaper alternatives out there. Even the Macbook Air is a great alternative.

There definitely are better alternatives running Windows. That's what's great about the Wintel platform.

I'm not sure what MS' ultimate goal is with the Surface anymore. I think we're going to see the enterprise tablet be more of a laptop replacement and somewhat of a recovery for desktops as apps didn't really do much with the tablet craze. Enthusiasts will be in 7th heaven next year with the Skylake platform, so it'll be interesting to see how things play out with high-end to midrange tablets.

"I am a Microsoft fanboy but if I will spend $1,150 to $1,200 dollars in a laptop. There are much more better and cheaper alternatives out there. Even the Macbook Air is a great alternative."

Better is subjective - find me a better designed product with the same build quality and versatility of the Surface Pro 2 or 3 and performs just as well it is by far the best laptop I have ever used - no compromises with the Pro 3

macoman said,
Even the Macbook Air is a great alternative.
The MBA is certainly its competition, but unless you want the 11" model, then you will be spending roughly the same price, but getting a far inferior screen (my only complaint about Macs other than the Retina models) and slightly better battery.

Microsoft needs to stop kidding itself and include the TypeCover with the Surface Pro. It's not a laptop replacement without the keyboard and the $120 price is not well hidden once you seriously consider buying a Surface Pro, but it's far too expensive to always be a tablet except in very rare business scenarios. I say all of that as an owner of a Surface RT and Surface Pro (v1), and I just bought my fiancée the Surface Pro 3 for her last year in Law School.

George P said,
I agree with this and it has the hardware to do so but I think they should look at making a new "laptop" like "cover" that's hard enough so you actually use it like a laptop and not try to rely on the kickstand for "lapability".

I mean with how thin the SP3 is, what little extra thickness this type of attachment would add would be minor IMO.


It is perfectly usable on lap. And no, I'm not saying this without experience. The ones who complain are just drama queen.