Microsoft Stores to sell Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99 on Monday

Small Windows 8 tablets are still pretty rare devices, which is a bit of a shame, given than that the ‘touch-first’ UI is pretty much perfect for screen sizes around 7- or 8-inches. The first such tablet was the Acer Iconia W3, a device that was better in concept than execution, blighted by a truly terrible screen.

Thankfully, with the launch of Windows 8.1, which introduced various optimizations for smaller displays, manufacturers are starting to rise to the challenge with a new wave of smaller Windows tablets. One such device, Dell’s Venue 8 Pro, has been on sale for a few weeks now. If you’ve been considering it for yourself, or perhaps as a Christmas gift, an upcoming deal may just be all the incentive you need to take the plunge.

This Monday, December 9, Microsoft Stores will be offering the Windows 8.1 device for just $99. That's an incredible $200 lower than the tablet's usual retail price of $299. 

However, stocks will be extremely limited for those wanting to grab a Venue 8 Pro at that price. Each Microsoft Store will be selling just 20 of the devices at $99 (Microsoft says that this offer will be "available in select Microsoft retail and online stores in US (including Puerto Rico)... [and] in select Microsoft retail stores in Canada").

10 more of the tablets will also be available at each store for $199 ("available in select Microsoft retail and online stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada"). 

The promotion is part of Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals", which will see plenty more special offers in the lead-up to Christmas. 

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This sale was not online only in the stores. My wife and I picked up two for $99.99 each. We live a few minutes away and were lucky to be in the first 20 people.

The Microsoft Store crashed during this sale, which is really sad coming from a company that:

1. Makes server software
2. Makes web store software

Seriously MS, WTF?

I got Staples ads out of LA Times' Sunday Edition today. Staples sell Dell Venus Pro 8 w/ Atom Z3740D for $279.99 (save $50) and alo Toshiba Encore w/ Atom Z3740 for $299.99 (save $30). Both are Windows 8.1, 32GB and 8 inches. What is different between Z3740 & Z3740D?

I was ready to buy as many as possible until I realized it said "Microsoft Stores" and not Microsoft Store, as in the online Microsoft Store. Too bad for me. I don't have a Microsoft store within 150 miles of my home. Good luck to everyone else though. This is one awesome deal.

runningnak3d said,
Can I install Android on it? No? Never mind.

Dear god, I hope you forgot the /s... No reason to cripple a device like this with a smartphone OS.

Because Windows 8.1 sucks. Can't believe I missed the PRO part ... will be picking one up (if I get there quick enough) since I can install Android on it. Thanks for pointing that out.

You can't even get stock in Australia through Dell or any retailer properly (they are useless) so why would they discount it?

I got the Venue 8 Pro from Walmart on Nov 27 for $229, I ordered on line for store pick up and got it in just two hours, loving this little tablet!

More important than the 'few' that get the $99 price is the 'all day' price of $199, that is still good deal.

Edit...
Just read the fine print that even fewer of them will be available.

So not that great unless they get more inventory then they guarantee.


Damn, I'd would have to drive 2 hours just to get to a Microsoft store. And I'd have to be outta there by ten so I could drive another two hours to make it to work on time. I would love to grab one but it's highly unlikely.

Maybe it will be like the ATT lumia 520 for 45$ on Black Friday-which Never was actually available. It was sold out since the Wed night before. What is the point of selling only 20 items per store?

Barzoom said,
What is the point of selling only 20 items per store?

Because there will be at least 10 more at each store for $199 (still $100 savings) and other inventory they'd like to sell (like Surfaces).

Here is the first part of the fine print
"*Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet: $99 Sale Price, $299 Reg. Price. 20 available per store while supplies last (Minimum Guaranteed Time: 1 hr.)"

Atomic Wanderer Chicken said,
Here is the first part of the fine print
"*Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet: $99 Sale Price, $299 Reg. Price. 20 available per store while supplies last (Minimum Guaranteed Time: 1 hr.)"

That's why it's called "doorbuster".

I really don't understand. What is "Minimum Guaranteed Time: 1hr" supposed to imply? Certainly not that they'll give more than 20 at the $99 price.

a1ien said,
I really don't understand. What is "Minimum Guaranteed Time: 1hr" supposed to imply? Certainly not that they'll give more than 20 at the $99 price.

I take it to mean that you'll have at least 1 hour to purchase at $99 (while supplies last). If there are any units remaining after 1 hour, the doorbuster price no longer applies to the remaining units.