Microsoft to sell Surface RT for $99 at WPC

If you are headed to Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) next month and were envious of the $99 Surface offer at TechEd, Microsoft will be extending that offer to anyone who attends the conference.

The announcement was posted on Microsoft’s WPC blog and the offer is as follows :

From July 7th through July 11th, 2013, WPC attendees will be able to purchase Surface RT and Surface Pro for:

·      Surface RT 64GB with touch cover: $99.99 USD

·      Surface Pro 128GB standalone: $399.99 USD

It seems to be clear that Microsoft is trying to clear inventory of these devices and we fully expect that an updated Surface will be announced at BUILD later this month. 

The new device is rumored to be using a Qualcomm chip and may come in a smaller size too. We don’t have to wait too much longer as BUILD kicks off next week and we should be able to get a first look at the device.

Either way, a Surface RT for $99 with a touch cover is a great buy and we know that many will bite at this opportunity.

Source: Microsoft

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I'm headed to Build this year. Shoot me a PM if you want me to pick one up. We shall see what the limit is once I get there.

DBrandUSA said,
I'm headed to Build this year. Shoot me a PM if you want me to pick one up. We shall see what the limit is once I get there.

Get me one, please. Let me know when you got it.

I'll pay $150 if someone will grab one for me. I've been waiting for a price like this. Microsoft is really reaching with their absurd $499 retail price.

Auditor said,
Ha..Ha... Finally... Flop product now coming at fire sale price.

You again? Didn't we explain to you that this isn't a fire sale back when the same story came up during TechEd? You do know that the people who can buy these have to actually pay to get into WPC right? A full WPC pass is $2,000 + $99 for the Surface RT or $399 for the Pro. And you still want to call this a "fire sale"? Use some common sense.

GP007 said,

You again? Didn't we explain to you that this isn't a fire sale back when the same story came up during TechEd? You do know that the people who can buy these have to actually pay to get into WPC right? A full WPC pass is $2,000 + $99 for the Surface RT or $399 for the Pro. And you still want to call this a "fire sale"? Use some common sense.

Yeah, I know people have to get WPC pass for $2,000 or whatever but MS selling their flop product at way below their market price shows the demand of their product. I never heard of any Apple conference where they were giving away ipad for $99. I am using common and business sense which you don't seem to be seeing and want to remain MS fanboy.

Order_66 said,
If they would have offered this deal at retail it might not have failed as hard as it did.

Hard to run a business when you sell your products hundreds of dollars below cost....

Honestly, the new surface is going to be such a big upgrade its almost going to kick the current out of existence without these prices.

auziez said,
Honestly, the new surface is going to be such a big upgrade its almost going to kick the current out of existence without these prices.

It will be faster, certainly, and probably have a better screen. But it will still have all of the same crippling problems RT has now. NO SOFTWARE.

Alexander Nevrmind said,
Would be cool to sell the Surface Tablets to those of us who are not attending.

Dont worry, just like with the dying HP tablets, you will get your chance soon enough.

Hey! if I attend this conference alone... can I buy all the Surfaces Pro that I want with just one entry?

WinRT said,
Hey! if I attend this conference alone... can I buy all the Surfaces Pro that I want with just one entry?

No, teched had a limit of one per model per person. So you can get one RT and one Pro and that's it.

Time to get the redisgned Surface Pro 2 with Haswell out. No excuse to still be selling an Ivy Bridge device at full price with its poor battery life.

ahhell said,
So? This conference isn't meant for Joe Everybody in the first place.

His point is: people are commenting as if you can get these prices at best buy.

warwagon said,
Cheep skates! Google would have given them away!

when google gives away for free their pixel chrome book let me know....

warwagon said,
Cheep skates! Google would have given them away!

Yeah, at a developer conference... that's BUILD. Not TechEd, not WPC.

warwagon said,
Cheep skates! Google would have given them away!

Difference is, I would take a free Google tablet, I wouldn't take this even if it were free!

Pricing is starting to reflect their relative utility. They make very nice high-tech toys. Why haven't they started to be sold at FAO Schwartz, Toys R Us, Fisher-Price?

TsarNikky said,
Pricing is starting to reflect their relative utility. They make very nice high-tech toys. Why haven't they started to be sold at FAO Schwartz, Toys R Us, Fisher-Price?

Lol... Go away...

TsarNikky said,
Pricing is starting to reflect their relative utility. They make very nice high-tech toys. Why haven't they started to be sold at FAO Schwartz, Toys R Us, Fisher-Price?

oh be quiet...... I can buy a freaking iPad and Android tablet at Toys R Us.... heck at one time I could of bought a home computer there! every now and then they did carry one or two models of something...... ala an Atari home computer, Texas Instruments home computer, IBM PCjr, and a few others more recently.....

TsarNikky said,
Pricing is starting to reflect their relative utility. They make very nice high-tech toys. Why haven't they started to be sold at FAO Schwartz, Toys R Us, Fisher-Price?
Exactly! The RT is a toy and its flimsy mobile os cant do anything like the Ipad with its ability to pull updates from a WSUS server or android devices which can import a security policy from an acrtive directory domain using secpol.msc

Did I mention that the ipad can be used to review server logs using eventvwr.msc even from a central report server. Oh and android can run powerpoint word and onenote.

Now if you don't mind I think im educated enough to review the surface rt for engadget.

srprimeaux said,
Clearing out stock for Surface 2?

We did have the rumor of MS testing a Surface using the Snapdragon 800 SoC 2 days ago, so if that's true then yes, this is a clearing out to make way for a updated model. Probably with 3g/LTE etc.

ACTIONpack said,
The RT looks more pleasing at $99 then Pro for $399. If you don't like it then you only waste $99 verus $399

Gotta agree with this. I'd fork over 99 dollars just for bleeps and giggles.

ACTIONpack said,
The RT looks more pleasing at $99 then Pro for $399. If you don't like it then you only waste $99 verus $399

A tablet/ultrabook for just $399 is an insane deal. You can get cheap ARM tablets that work similarly to the Surface RT for about $200 but you can't get a full X86 tablet as good as the pro for anywhere near $400.

ahhell said,
Anyone that passes on a Surface Pro 128GB for that price should be kicked out of IT.
That's an insane deal.

Agreed. At that price, I'd buy an arm full.

It is a fantastic price for such a device, but it indicates they are coming up with a new one soon also. The might release a Haswell with an Iris Pro iGPU, which may prove to have a much higher battery life and performance thant the current one.

recursive said,
The article's title should be "Surface RT Fire sale!". Looks like MSFT will be dropping RT soon and are looking at getting rid of them one way or another, just like HP did with their tablets after the firesale.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130619PD222.html

Right, because Microsoft offering its tablets at a deep discount to folks that paid big bucks to attend a conference is the same as HP killing WebOS and selling off the remaining inventory for $99 a pop.

Delusional much?

siah1214 said,
Right, because Microsoft offering its tablets at a deep discount to folks that paid big bucks to attend a conference is the same as HP killing WebOS and selling off the remaining inventory for $99 a pop.

Delusional much?

Don't forget it's a product that has been out for 8 months with a replacement right around the corner. This is a clearance, not a fire sale.

mrp04 said,

Don't forget it's a product that has been out for 8 months with a replacement right around the corner. This is a clearance, not a fire sale.

And it's a clearance only for loyal customers. Not people that will turn around and try to make a profit on Ebay.

mrp04 said,

Don't forget it's a product that has been out for 8 months with a replacement right around the corner. This is a clearance, not a fire sale.

Don't forget, it's a product that has been out 8 months and failed in every significant way. There, fixed it for you.

John Nemesh said,

Don't forget, it's a product that has been out 8 months and failed in every significant way. There, fixed it for you.


Stop pulling stuff out of your ass.

I'll bet good money these 'attendees' will try and sell it anyway to try and recoup some of the cash they handed out for this overpriced 'conference'.

The only delusional ones are those who believe MSFT are doing them a favour in selling some soon to be extinct piece of hardware/software at cp, and that they are somehow getting a good deal when they have already forked out 20x the cash, and still have to pay more to get it.

John Nemesh said,

I dont have to pull stuff out of my ass. It's well documented that RT is not selling.

He is a MS fanboy and will defend anything which states true state of Flop surface tablet. People like him will turn blind eye if you present with low sales number as they remain want to be delusional about their beloved company.