Report: Microsoft to cut price of Surface RT-Touch Cover bundle next week

It's looking like the Surface RT tablet will get yet another permanent price reduction, at least as far as as its bundle with the black Touch Cover keyboard. WPCentral reports, via unnamed sources, that the Surface RT-black Touch Cover bundle prices will be reduced by $50 on Friday, August 30th.

This new report, if true, means that the 32 GB Surface RT would be sold with the black Touch Cover for $399 while the 64 GB bundle package would have a new price of $499. This comes on the heels of the same website claiming that the separate Touch Covers accessories, which work for both the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, will get a $40 price cut next week to $79.99.

This new development means that people who want to get the Surface RT with a Touch Cover, and don't mind if the keyboard has a black color, will be able to save $30 compared to buying the Surface RT and a Touch Cover separately on August 30th, assuming that the Touch Cover price cut rumors are correct. Microsoft has not commented on these reports.

Just a reminder: Microsoft's current $100 price cut on the Surface Pro version of the tablet is scheduled to end August 30th.

Source: WPCentral | Image via Microsoft

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Yep. They are edging closer to the ideal price of $0 for the cover + $99 for the tablet, but they are not quite there yet. I would give it another month or two.

Surface RT is a disaster and one hell of a confusing product for the end customer. Microsoft needs to market three versions of Windows: Windows PC OS, Windows Tablet OS, Windows Phone OS ... and the tablet OS should not have a desktop mode, and should rely solely on running "Modern/Metro" apps. The Surface device would run Windows Tablet OS, while the Surface Pro would run Windows PC OS.

sabrex said,
Surface RT is a disaster and one hell of a confusing product for the end customer. Microsoft needs to market three versions of Windows: Windows PC OS, Windows Tablet OS, Windows Phone OS ... and the tablet OS should not have a desktop mode, and should rely solely on running "Modern/Metro" apps. The Surface device would run Windows Tablet OS, while the Surface Pro would run Windows PC OS.

You have more brain than all other MS executives combined. Monkey Ballmer is leaving the jungle, MS will be much better off hiring you as CEO than any other Buffoon from the MS Zoo.

Superb analysis. Auditor is correct.
Actually, think of Surface as a sophisticated toy, and a whole lot of what Microsoft is doing with it makes sense.

sabrex said,
Surface RT is a disaster and one hell of a confusing product for the end customer. Microsoft needs to market three versions of Windows: Windows PC OS, Windows Tablet OS, Windows Phone OS ... and the tablet OS should not have a desktop mode, and should rely solely on running "Modern/Metro" apps. The Surface device would run Windows Tablet OS, while the Surface Pro would run Windows PC OS.

But... I like being able to use Office 2013 on the desktop when I use my Surface RT... plus I depend on Command Prompt as well as Windows Explorer quite a bit as well especially when doing "power tasks"

They should have made this tablet with capabilities to connect any wireless keyboard to it. But they thought they could compete with Apple and be top of the line. Now it's obvious, all they are doing is trying to dump their inventory of the RT. I hope they succeed and make a RT 2 and I will buy one. But I'm not buying this one.

I'm talking about connecting any cheap, wireless keyboard to it. Thought that was what I said. Let me reread that. Actually I wasn't aware that you could connect a keyboard to it outside of their expensive keyboard.

annotate said,
I'm talking about connecting any cheap, wireless keyboard to it. Thought that was what I said. Let me reread that. Actually I wasn't aware that you could connect a keyboard to it outside of their expensive keyboard.

Surface RT
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 technology

So, connect any cheapo bluetooth keyboard you like, or via USB.. Ha ya think one would know what they're talking about before commenting

"Ha ya think one would know what they're talking about before commenting"

Why not? People do that all the time on forums. Would even bet a genius such as yourself has been guilty of it.

annotate said,
They should have made this tablet with capabilities to connect any wireless keyboard to it. But they thought they could compete with Apple and be top of the line. Now it's obvious, all they are doing is trying to dump their inventory of the RT. I hope they succeed and make a RT 2 and I will buy one. But I'm not buying this one.

Standard misinformation .. you have no idea what you are talking about ..

Love my surface rt... 24 hours of battery life. Never shut down., full office.
Connects with all my printers, keyboards with plug and play ..

Lachlan said,

Standard misinformation .. you have no idea what you are talking about ..

Love my surface rt... 24 hours of battery life. Never shut down., full office.
Connects with all my printers, keyboards with plug and play ..

If you love Surface so much then go buy one more to show your support. As it looks like there will be no more surface RT coming in future like Playbook. I am sure new CEO at MS will know the reason Ballmer got kicket out of MS including Sinofsky and will not repeat the same mistake.

Me too... I'm interested what they will come up with. Can't understand whose idea it was to come up with such a long inventory. Do they expect people to throw away money on a version 1.0 product ? They should have left their inventory minimal and come up with version 2 six months after the 1st one, fixing what went wrong in version 1.0.

Delaying the launch so much is only making them look a failure and desperate. (not to mention the massive inventory write down).

C#Rocks said,
Me too... I'm interested what they will come up with. Can't understand whose idea it was to come up with such a long inventory. Do they expect people to throw away money on a version 1.0 product ? They should have left their inventory minimal and come up with version 2 six months after the 1st one, fixing what went wrong in version 1.0.

Delaying the launch so much is only making them look a failure and desperate. (not to mention the massive inventory write down).

Delaying the product? They will release it with windows 8.1 on October 17.. everyone knows that

C#Rocks said,
Me too... I'm interested what they will come up with. Can't understand whose idea it was to come up with such a long inventory. Do they expect people to throw away money on a version 1.0 product ? They should have left their inventory minimal and come up with version 2 six months after the 1st one, fixing what went wrong in version 1.0.

Delaying the launch so much is only making them look a failure and desperate. (not to mention the massive inventory write down).

Anyone remember the Surface sold out gimmick when it was launched. LOL. Now it's all gonna rot in warehouse unless they do $99 firesale.

This is no surprise, since they said they're going to cut the price of the touch and type covers on that day why wouldn't the bundle price also be cut?

GP007 said,
This is no surprise, since they said they're going to cut the price of the touch and type covers on that day why wouldn't the bundle price also be cut?

shhh GP007, don't bring logic to a surface post! That's dangerous talk

The true value in RT will be revealed when the cost of Haswell and clover trail is known. Afaik, Haswell ultrabook cost around $1,300 - $1,000 and battery life average 8 hours.

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