Microsoft slashes Surface RT prices for Aussie schools, universities

Microsoft has slashed prices of its Surface RT tablet for Australian education institutions

Microsoft has slashed prices of its Surface RT tablet for Australian education institutions by more than 50 per cent, following a worldwide announcement of the scheme last week.

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Read our review of the Microsoft Surface RT tablet here

The company formerly announced local pricing for the limited time offer overnight. It will sell the entry-level 32GB model of the Surface RT to schools and universities for $219.

Microsoft will also bundle the Surface RT with a Touch Keyboard Cover for $279 (RRP $679), or a Type Keyboard Cover accessory for $319 (RRP $708).

The education offer will be available until Saturday 31 August.

"For a limited time only, Microsoft is offering education institution customers special pricing on the Surface RT tablet."

"Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realise their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions. Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today."

The stand alone Surface RT tablet regularly retails for $559 on Microsoft's Australian website, though a current promotion has reduced the price by $100 to $459.

The Microsoft Surface RT tablet, pictured here with the Type Cover accessory.The Microsoft Surface RT tablet, pictured here with the Type Cover accessory.

Microsoft also sells a 64GB model of the Surface RT tablet, but this model is not part of the education scheme.

In addition to Australia, the Microsoft Surface RT education offer will be available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States (including Puerto Rico).

The Surface RT tablet was released in Australia last November. It has a 10.6in display, is powered by the Microsoft's Windows 8 RT operating system and boasts a magnesium case.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Topics: Microsoft Surface RT, Microsoft, Windows RT, tablets, microsoft surface

Comments

Curious

1

A waste of money even at those prices. My bet is that in a couple of months, MS will be selling-off Surface RT for $99 through Harvey Norman and other retailers.

Enigmatic

2

Curious... clearly you have no clue

Curious

3

We'll see. RT is moribund. Prices have already been heavily reduced on Surface RT and it seems those are still not selling. Other OEMs are also having trouble selling RT devices. Clearly, enigmatic, this is something for both MS and you.

rhsccs

4

My university gave all students iPad 16GB. I find it too limited in what it can do and difficult to import/export files between my Win8 PC and laptop without losing formatting etc - a real pain. If Surface solves that issue then I would be happy to switch.

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