Microsoft: Original Surface Pro to remain available via commercial resellers

On Tuesday, we reported that Microsoft was discontinuing sales of its original Surface Pro tablet, even though it launched just seven months ago, in favor of its upcoming Surface Pro 2, which officially goes on sale Oct. 22. Today, Microsoft sent Neowin a new statement that offers hope for some people who still want to get their hands on the first Surface Pro model.

Microsoft's new statement to Neowin is presented below in full:

Surface Pro will continue to be available via authorized commercial resellers. However, after October 22, Surface Pro will no longer be available for purchase from Microsoft or its retail partners in most markets where Surface Pro 2 is sold.

Microsoft started offering Surface tablets to authorized distributors and resellers in July. The idea was to give businesses and large organizations a way to purchase the tablets in bulk. So those outlets will still be able to get their hands on Microsoft's first attempt at an Intel-Windows 8 product.

While the Surface Pro will no longer be sold in retail stores, Microsoft and other outlets will continue to sell the original Surface RT tablet, now nearly a year old, in its 32GB version for $349. Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the ARM-based tablet, however, indicating it likely still has excess stock, which may not be the same with the original Surface Pro.

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This just means that those resellers are going to keep selling it until they run out of stock, which makes sense for them as they're the bulk/special deal groups who sell to schools/business mostly for even lower prices than what you'd see as a individual at retail outlets like best buy.

I don't think its priced too high either. Honestly I thought they were going to be $50-$100 more before they got released. With all its flaws you're still getting a much better bottom line value with Windows than Android (or iOS for that matter) currently offer. It's not just the hardware. Windows + Office is a great value no matter how you slice it and dice it.

Falling asleep on the couch and read your comment. It sounds very logical. But why aren't the Surfaces selling as well as hoped, even with the commercials I see almost every day? I can't help thinking if it were the Apple Surface, they'd be flying off the shelves. Note: I own zero Apple products. Just an observation.

I think people are just tired of Microsoft. They dominated when there weren't good alternatives. But with tablets and phones, there are. As down as I am on Microsoft, I hope they stay in the game. It forces Apple and Google to keep improving their offerings.

JHBrown said,
Why are they still selling these things for over $300? I just don't get it. $199 maybe.

I did a quick look on Newegg's app, and it looks like it's actually an okay price for a Tegra 3 tablet. Its cheaper than some of the Android ones... Granted, I didn't check too thoroughly or do feature checking...

Personally, I think the new Surface 2 and this are $50 more than they should be. They seem ti be great devices, but Microsoft simply can't realistically ask for a premium price while being such an underdog.

JHBrown said,
Why are they still selling these things for over $300? I just don't get it. $199 maybe.

Every damn thread. Would you get over it already? It's not going to happen. Stop thinking it's going to happen.

JHBrown said,
Why are they still selling these things for over $300? I just don't get it. $199 maybe.

It's not a 7 inch cheapo tablet. It's not going to be priced like one.

Wait... You actually think they should sell Ultrabook level hardware, thats better than a Macbook Air's hardware, for $300? LOL your comments are always a laugh.

siah1214 said,

Every damn thread. Would you get over it already? It's not going to happen. Stop thinking it's going to happen.

If that is not going to happen then MS will still have almost 600,000 unsold inventory left and most of them will be going in a landfill. It's better to recoup whatever they can for their stupid management decision. Oh, by the way, MS will be bracing for another write downs for new upcoming failed product. It will be called fail 2. Fail 3, 4 ..... will be coming in future till they cease to make this failed product.

NoClipMode said,
Wait... You actually think they should sell Ultrabook level hardware, thats better than a Macbook Air's hardware, for $300? LOL your comments are always a laugh.
Reading your comments, I usually wet myself.

siah1214 said,

Every damn thread. Would you get over it already? It's not going to happen. Stop thinking it's going to happen.
Its called a forum. I am a member here and will post on whatever article I want. If you don't like it, get over it.

siah1214 said,

Every damn thread. Would you get over it already? It's not going to happen. Stop thinking it's going to happen..

Siah1214 has hard time accepting anyone criticizing his beloved Surface. It looks like his best defense is personal offense.