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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100 341

SmartAboutThings writes "After discounting the Surface RT tablet worldwide by 30 percent, Microsoft is now cutting the price of its Surface Pro tablet by one hundred dollars. Steve Ballmer himself has recently declared that he was unhappy with the number of tablets Microsoft has managed to sell. The price cut offer is valid between August 4th and August 29th. It might continue or stop, according to the supply. The price cut is applicable to Surface Pro 64 GB & 128 GB models."
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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

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  • Re:Excellent (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:15PM (#44472189) Journal

    It's not our duty to improve your experience. You bought a tablet with little third party developer support, so suck it up.

  • by bloodhawk ( 813939 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:24PM (#44472261)
    The Surface Pro is actually a really nice device. But at it's price point why would you get it over similar devices that have the haswell chips in them or the devices from Lenovo/Asus/Acer/Sony which each have differing advantages ranging from lighter, longer battery life, better screens or more powerful. I like the device but if you want a windows device their are better value/performance options.
  • Still useless (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:26PM (#44472269)

    Quick question:

    I have a pile of bricks for sale. You're building a wood house. If I cut the price of the pile of bricks, does that make you more interested in buying them?

    Of course not; You still have no use for a pile of bricks.

  • Re:Excellent (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bloodhawk ( 813939 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:32PM (#44472323)
    Seriously you are saying windows X86/X64 has little third party support? seriously?? like it or hate it, it is perhaps the single most supported platform by third parties on the planet.
  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:33PM (#44472325)

    Steve Ballmer himself has recently declared that he was unhappy with the number of tablets Microsoft has managed to sell.

    Can someone please pass the message on to Steve Ballmer that being unhappy isn't a strategy for business growth?

  • Re:Excellent (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:44PM (#44472423)

    Little third-party developer support? You must live in some fantasy world where Windows 95-Windows 8 never existed.

    You've clearly never used one if you think that Windows software is mostly practical on a tablet. If it was then there wouldn't have been any need to develop Metro. Of course, you can use it as a half-assed laptop, but an actual laptop would be cheaper and better so why bother?

  • Retroactive? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Will.Woodhull ( 1038600 ) <wwoodhull@gmail.com> on Sunday August 04, 2013 @06:50PM (#44472493) Homepage Journal

    So is this retroactive? Will Microsoft be sending a $100 check to the two dozen know-nothings in the Pacific Northwest who bought one of these?

    If I'm asked, should I tell them to return the things to the Office Depot or Staples store where they bought them? Every single one would qualify for a return as "unfit for purpose". Hell, most of them would qualify under the store's "no questions asked if returned in 60 days" policies. Then if they really wanted to, they could buy another at the lower price.

  • Re:Not enough (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:09PM (#44472609)
    It also competes favorably with hand warmers. Seriously. These things get hot. At least the one I played with did.
  • Re:Not enough (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Maxo-Texas ( 864189 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:40PM (#44472849)

    I get that.

    But the sales are so low that there is no way 100 bucks is going to kickstart them.

    What is it- like 150,000 total units sold world wide with a 20% return rate?

    With 4,000,000 units unsold?

    $100 bucks isn't enough.

    I'm not bashing or hating on Microsoft. I'm just stating reality.

    The "puny" units being sold for $450 are as powerful as my "top of the line unit" bought just a few years ago.

    Sure-- some power junkies might even need (not just want) the surface- but it's exceptional overkill for most people. They don't need the extra power so they are not going to pay for it. Very similar to the "lisa" mistake Apple made decades ago.

    Perhaps they'll cut $100 now, then another $100 in October and another $100 in December-- trying to find the price point where the product starts selling. But every month they put off price cuts just means the technological advantage of the surface machines is decaying relative to other machines.

  • Re:Not enough (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jane Q. Public ( 1010737 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @08:16PM (#44473091)

    "The price cut lets it undercut every direct competitor by 100 bucks. This thing doesn't compete against a puny ARM tablet or even a puny $450 laptop. It competes against ultrabooks and especially ultrabook-tablet hybrids (Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro, Sony Vaio Duo...)."

    It doesn't matter how gorgeous you think the hardware is. It is only as good as what it will run, and nobody (relatively speaking) wants that OS.

    Man, nobody wants the most powerful, most fuel-efficient car in the world, if the only place it will take you is Trenton, NJ.

  • Re:Not enough (Score:5, Insightful)

    by icebike ( 68054 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @08:49PM (#44473349)

    I don't work for, or get paid by MS, I work for a small software development company that delivers systems designed to run mostly on windows, some Linux as well.

    I've seen my mod trail, and as fast as someone knocks it down others kick it back up.

    By the way, I've been accused of being a shill for Apple, Ubuntu, Google, HTC, VMware, OpenSuse, KDE, Foxit, Chrysler, Garmin, Samsung, Motorola, Microsoft, Intel, and Starbucks, to name just a few. If I got a pay check from all of them I could quit my job.

    I'm sorry you don't like seeing positive posts about things you have CLEARLY never laid fingers upon, but that's YOUR problem, not mine.

    I've been looking for a substitute for my monster Dell (oops, yup, must be a shill for them too, right?) laptop for years. Its heavy to drag around on business trips. Its battery life is way worse. I spent 25 minutes at a Microsoft Kiosk on the Surface Pro, (after having read up on it for a month). The guy let me download my compilers (not Microsoft products) and some free source code off the web and actually run some compilations. He let me install OfficeLibre (yup, shilling for this rat bastards as well), open some documents, update and save them to his device. (He didn't even complain that I wouldn't consider MS Office, although there was a bundle for that). He didn't care what I did to the machine, he had a fast wipe capability at the kiosk. I walked away. Had a Widmer Hef, (shill !) and thought it over.

    Finished the brew, walked back and slapped down my Visa (shill). Done, and Done.

    I like it. You don't have to. But grow the fuck up, and learn to see that everyone who disagrees with you is not being paid to do so.

  • Re:Not enough (Score:5, Insightful)

    by OneAhead ( 1495535 ) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @11:41PM (#44474221)
    Wouldn't a good shill be defined as someone who's able to convince people he's not a shill? :)
  • by The Cisco Kid ( 31490 ) on Monday August 05, 2013 @03:48AM (#44475021)

    If they hadn't arrogantly locked the ARM-based devices into Win8 ONLY with UEFI/SecureBoot, there might have been a market for them among people that would have bought them, wiped them, and put something else on them.

    I'm sure the dev community would have come up with an Android load for them, and I'm sure Linux hackers would have had fun with them too.

    Instead, they will follow the fate of the Zune, and MS are stuck holding millions of near-worthless paperweights.

    Good for them.

  • Re:Excellent (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bert64 ( 520050 ) <bert AT slashdot DOT firenzee DOT com> on Monday August 05, 2013 @04:01AM (#44475063) Homepage

    There is an entire world of people who still don't understand that Surface Pro is radically different than RT.

    And the reason for that is misleading marketing... MS are so obsessed with the idea of forcing the windows brand everywhere that they are blind to the fact that this brand is poisonous on mobile devices. Windows is not a desirable brand, its something people put up with because they have no other choice in many cases, it's highly detrimental in a market where users realise they do have choice.
    The only thing it has going for it is compatibility, and yet they dilute the brand with incompatible products, which again turns customers away.

A bug in the code is worth two in the documentation.