Microsoft Store offering free Touch Cover with any Surface until Saturday

Microsoft has positioned the optional keyboard covers for its Surface line as must-buy accessories, but for a limit time a Touch Cover will come free with any Surface tablet purchased through its online store.

All Surface tablets – the Surface, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, as well as refurbished models – will come with a touch cover when purchased through the Microsoft Store by Saturday. The deal also applies to the recently released Surface 2 with LTE on AT&T, and users can select any Touch Cover color (including cyan, black, white, red and magenta). Microsoft's online store provides the following official disclaimer for the deal:

Valid 3/23/2014 until 3/29/2014, or while supplies last.  Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. Not combinable with other offers. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Limit 5 per customer.

Microsoft's deal does not include the Touch Cover 2, nor does it include the Type Cover – only the original Touch Cover, which regularly costs $79.99 before taxes. The deal likely means Microsoft is attempting to get rid of excess inventory, as the original Type Cover probably isn't as popular as its successor.

Source: Microsoft Store via @Surface (Twitter) | Image via Microsoft

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If they still have any original type covers left as well then when they finally offload the touch covers they can do a special for them to. Doubt they want to keep the 1st gens around with the 2nd gens here, plus there's probably work being done on 3rd gen touch and type covers.

I got the Surface Pro and Touch Cover 2 for £499 from PC World. They've been running a deal of a free touch cover for months now.

MrHumpty said,
More like inventory dump

Exactly, they're probably down to the last batch of original touch covers and decided to toss them in for free to clear them out.

Sucks that this isn't for the Touch Cover 2... the TC2 works really awesome. However, this TC1 is pretty bad.

j2006 said,
Sucks that this isn't for the Touch Cover 2... the TC2 works really awesome. However, this TC1 is pretty bad.

Probably have a few sitting around and want to get rid of them now that the 2nd gen covers are out.

I wouldn't call it terrible, but it definitely wasn't too good. It's usable on a table, but you're far better off with one of the newer covers. I actually wish they had a magnetic cover similar to the iPad's smart cover -- all I really want is one to protect the screen.

Anthony Tosie said,
I wouldn't call it terrible, but it definitely wasn't too good. It's usable on a table, but you're far better off with one of the newer covers. I actually wish they had a magnetic cover similar to the iPad's smart cover -- all I really want is one to protect the screen.
It was definitely terrible. You could barely go 4 words w/o having a mistype due to a non-detection of a keypress. It's why they added so many sensors, I think, to the second version.

Honestly, it's barely even good enough to use for quick e-mail replies. You're better off buying a random cover if that's what you want. If you want a keyboard. Buy a touch cover 2 or any of the type covers.

Seriously, it was terrible. If anything it was only useful as a proof of concept for the second version, which is actually usable.

Never really had any problems with mine. Probably more of how accurate you are at typing in general. It was "weird" typing on it, though. Would much rather have a Type Cover.

farmeunit said,
Never really had any problems with mine. Probably more of how accurate you are at typing in general. It was "weird" typing on it, though. Would much rather have a Type Cover.
I'll go ahead and toot my own horn. I'm a really good typist. The problem was sensors, pressure etc. My weaker fingers had the most problem... pinky finger most noticeably. Also, if your key press was off center it had a much higher likelihood of missing some key presses. In general it's "ok" but the price of the touch cover 2 is well worth it if you anticipate doing a lot of typing.

Note - I typed this response on my Touch Cover V1. After spending a trip using only my Touch Cover 2 I can tell you the accuracy is a magnitude better on the new one. You have to be so deliberate on the V1. My speed goes way down just so I can avoid having to do so many corrections.

they should make it type cover and let's be honest, there should be an option for the type or touch cover included as part of an SKU. These covers are not IMO optional for they add one of the key differences between the surface and lesser tablets.

if you really want a surface w/o a cover of any kind sell it on ebay. It isn't as if taking the hit on the cover is going to put them on the red.

This offer is awesome!
And you also get 200gb storage on Onedrive and 1 year free calling to landlines with Skype, and Office!

Wall-swe said,
This offer is awesome!
And you also get 200gb storage on Onedrive and 1 year free calling to landlines with Skype, and Office!

Just so people realize, the 200gb OneDrive storage has always been included in a Surface purchase (last few months anyways) and isn't exclusive to just this week's deal with the Touch Cover.

But yeah, great offer. Maybe should have happened a long time ago - and they still need to drop their prices on the covers - still a bit high.

Wall-swe said,
This offer is awesome!
And you also get 200gb storage on Onedrive and 1 year free calling to landlines with Skype, and Office!

The 200Gb of OneDrive storage is actually for 2 years, at least it is for my Surface that I picked up a week and a half ago.

Stokkolm said,

The 200Gb of OneDrive storage is actually for 2 years, at least it is for my Surface that I picked up a week and a half ago.

Correct - it's for 2 years, not 1. Surface and Surface Pro models.