Microsoft offers free Type or Touch Cover with Surface RT purchase

Microsoft is trying to make purchasing its Surface RT tablet more enticing for people in the U.S. and Canada, at least for the next 31 days. While the company isn't officially lowering the price of the Windows RT device, Microsoft has announced that people who do buy the tablet will now be able to get a free Touch or Type Cover to go along with the Surface RT.

In a post on the Surface blog, Microsoft states that the offer is good when people buy the Surface RT from the Microsoft Store. The deal is also available when purchasing the tablet from Best Buy or Staples. People can also choose to get two of the limited edition Surface Touch Covers (Skulls or Flowers) as part of the free offer.

Normally the Touch Cover sells for $119.99, while both the limited edition Touch Covers and the Type Cover sell for $129.99 each. The free Surface RT cover offer ends on June 30. The deal does not work toward Microsoft's Windows 8 device, the Surface Pro.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that attendees of next week's TechEd conference in New Orleans will be able to buy the 64 GB Surface RT for just $99.

Source: Surface blog | Image via Microsoft

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A vain attempt to give purchasers of Surface RT the feeling they actually bought a device that could create serious content. It still remains a content consumption device.

TsarNikky said,
A vain attempt to give purchasers of Surface RT the feeling they actually bought a device that could create serious content. It still remains a content consumption device.

your point being?

TsarNikky said,
A vain attempt to give purchasers of Surface RT the feeling they actually bought a device that could create serious content. It still remains a content consumption device.

I disagree to a point. With a type cover and with the jailbreak adding some very useful desktop programs, my Surface RT is a very useful device. But without a keyboard or with the touch keyboard, and without the jailbreak being available, I wouldn't have bought it as it would be too limited. So I agree Microsoft's vision for ARM/Windows RT is too narrow and they have unfortunately limited what it could have been (and I think should have been): Windows 8/8 Pro recompiled for ARM.

I also agree this price point is what it should have been (keyboard included), and I thankfully ended up getting mine $100 off due to a Staples coupon and an open box keyboard at Bestbuy. Nice that others may be able to get it for a much better price than previous.

i love my Surface RT, at the beginning it was buggy, but with the updates and enhancements its been a great ride, now that everything works as it should and there is support from developers i can say its a awesome device, specially to work with, at university it becomes a necessary tool because of integrated office and its light weight, so i would say its just better than other tablets and has a greater multitasking tool that other tablets lack!

They should have done this from the start, very attractive at this price point. Probably just means they are getting ready to announce 2.0.

jimmyfal said,
They should have done this from the start, very attractive at this price point. Probably just means they are getting ready to announce 2.0.

Yeah, I imagine they're clearing inventory at this point.

Anthony Tosie said,

Yeah, I imagine they're clearing inventory at this point.

With that special deal for TechED, and I bet the same again for BUILD they probably are. New Tegra 4 and Haswell RT and Pro models coming with Win 8.1 to market for the holiday?

Very likely, I went to buy one at staples yesterday and they were inactive in all stores as if they were not shipping any more. I went to a MS store and got them to match the 100 dollars discount staple had but now I feel cheated because I bought the keyboard and it was 129. I hope I can get credit for that keyboard.

jimmyfal said,
They should have done this from the start, very attractive at this price point. Probably just means they are getting ready to announce 2.0.

Yup! They should have done this when they first introduced but their marketing department seems to be from the stone age!

I would propose they continue selling this version even after introduction of v2.x. At a slightly reduced price of $349.95 without the Touch or Type Cover, Microsoft will still be able to shift Surface at a higher rate than they are right now. Many non-techies like my Surface RT but are discouraged by the price. I like it as my consumption device but also get a lot of work done it as well.

jimmyfal said,
They should have done this from the start, very attractive at this price point. Probably just means they are getting ready to announce 2.0.

Agreed. I am pleased with mine w/o a doubt. Free cover makes me want to buy another for the wifey but I'm waiting for a Prov2 and my wife gets the RT for consumption.

So I pay how much for my surface pro 128GB and still had to shell out for the type cover!? Bah well suppose all things happen for a reason. Love my Surface Pro

BaZurk said,
So I pay how much for my surface pro 128GB and still had to shell out for the type cover!? Bah well suppose all things happen for a reason. Love my Surface Pro

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