Microsoft's Back to School promotion shows no love for the Surface Pro 3

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It's hard to believe that we are already entering into the back to school season, but Microsoft has already started announcing its promotions to get consumers into its retail stores ahead of the shopping season. The deal, shown above, requires you to sign up for Office 365 (University, Home, or Personal) which will cost you $79.95 for four years of access to the productivity suite. If you go the cheapest route which is University; the offer is only good on a new PC over $599.

Sadly, this offer is not available on any of Microsoft's Surface tablets, which is a bit disheartening as the Pro 3 is a great device for the education sector. But sadly, you will have to look elsewhere if you are on the hunt for a lower priced Surface device. Further, the deal is only good on some laptops, like the Dell XPS 13 and Acer V5 laptop, which means that there is a finite number of machines that qualify for the offer, and they could run out soon.

The offer does say that there is a "wide range" to select from, so the two laptops mentioned above are likely a couple of the ones that are part of this deal.

The promotion runs until September 21st and is a good deal for anyone who is in need of a laptop. Considering that anyone who buys a laptop will need Office, by bundling the two together, you can save $150 off your new laptop.

Source: Microsoft Via: Winbeta

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That's because you can already get a good deal with the $300 bundle they sell for the Surface Pro 3.

Type Cover + Office + 2 year Complete warranty/support/training + sleeve. Good deal, everybody's getting it!

I understand that they keep the Surface 3 Pro out of this, the product being mainly targeted at professionals.

Meanwhile, to not push the Surface 2 heavily for the back to school period is another example of Microsoft's inability to FULLY support and leverage its own ecosystem.

Not only professionals...

The college students can use the Surface Pro 3 tablets for their studies/lab work/etc.

Some students use the laptops instead.. depends on what they use for.

TheCyberKnight said,
I understand that they keep the Surface 3 Pro out of this, the product being mainly targeted at professionals.

Meanwhile, to not push the Surface 2 heavily for the back to school period is another example of Microsoft's inability to FULLY support and leverage its own ecosystem.


You haven't heard that MS has already phased out the Surface 2's and pulled remaining stock, if any, from store shelves to focus on Surface Pro 3.

@shozilla

You're right and I agree.
But the pricing is not college friendly. Not at all.

The Surface 2 close to half the price which is, by far, more attractive to students. And don't forget that you get Office 2013 in this deal.

TheCyberKnight said,
@shozilla

You're right and I agree.
But the pricing is not college friendly. Not at all.

The price does not matter to the rich people... and you never know that the students got theirs from their parents as the gifts... such as Christmas, Birthday, Graduation, etc.

Same way to the Apple fans that they got their iMac, iPhone, iPad, etc. Which those products are expensive.

shozilla said,
Not only professionals...

The college students can use the Surface Pro 3 tablets for their studies/lab work/etc.

Some students use the laptops instead.. depends on what they use for.

Agreed. I'm buying one for my nephew as he starts college this fall..

TheCyberKnight said,
@Gergel7077

No haven't heard about this. The tablet is still available on the Microsoft Store site as well as in my local mini concession.


I misspoke. It was announced last week. First, the will slash prices of the Surface 2's if they haven't already then slowly pull any remaining inventory by a MS determined date.

TheArgonaut said,
Satya-

You're already competing with OEMs by selling hardware.

Wonder what size of the market is $1000 Microsoft Tablets.. like 5% of PCs sold? And they spend pretty much all of that money advertising windows 8 which boosts the PC market..

Lachlan said,

Wonder what size of the market is $1000 Microsoft Tablets.. like 5% of PCs sold? And they spend pretty much all of that money advertising windows 8 which boosts the PC market..

Don't forget that they will be selling an core i3 based surface for $800. The Surface pro 2 is still being sold for as little as $450.

Well, on one side they're helping their OEM partners with this and by leaving out their own hardware it gives the OEMs all the possible sales and keeps them happy.

George P said,
Well, on one side they're helping their OEM partners with this and by leaving out their own hardware it gives the OEMs all the possible sales and keeps them happy.

Not only that but students get 10% off the SP3. The reason I know it's because I did, what I don't remember is if I registered some place this info. I got the email and u ordered it and got $130 off.