The article included claims the price of the Windows RT tablet to be ~$1,000 –roughly the price of a mid-range laptop or ultrabook. A price like this is going to leave Microsoft dead in the water before the Surface even launches. The article, being a rumor as it is, is likely untrue. While either a clever marketing “leak” or just misinformation the backlash it received highlights a critical point in the upcoming product launch, Microsoft needs to do better than just price competitively. The base model of the Surface needs to cost under $500 to have a shot at getting a true foothold and user base. Microsoft has been tying all of their services together for the last year to make Windows 8 an integrated product with a decent media library behind it. The app store has likewise opened and is accepting submissions. Everything has been pieced together save for the hardware. This is arguably the most important product launch Microsoft will ever make and a bet the company is making on its very own future. For the sake of the consumer market Microsoft please, please price the Surface affordably. It’s a winner if you do. What do you think Slashdot?"
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