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.