Microsoft Will Offer Surface RT to Schools for $200

Microsoft's Surface tablets aren't exactly cheap, but Microsoft is looking to offer schools a discount on the RT version of the computer. According to a brochure posted to ZDNet, the discount for educational institutions will bring the price of the 32GB Surface RT down to $199, while the addition of Microsoft's Touch Cover will bring that up to $249. Swapping out the Touch Cover for a Type Cover will bump the price to $289.


Available for K12 and higher education institutions, it seems Microsoft isn't quite ready to make things official yet, as the brochure that was previously available online has been pulled. Schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (via Digital China), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States will be able to avail of the offer. ZDNet reports that there is no requirement for a minimum number of units per order.

Microsoft's 32GB Surface usually costs $499. It packs an Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset as well as 2 GB of RAM, a 10.6-inch 1366 x 768 (148 ppi) display, two cameras (both 1.2-megapixel with auto focus in the rear), USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8 RT. Microsoft just recently expanded availability of the Surface RT to Mexico Korea and Thailand.

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  • gruntlord6
    This actually seems like a really good deal for schools. I have no idea what the Ipad pricing is for K12, but I would imagine it is a lot higher then $200. Having a cheap alternative tablet that is a recognized brand for schools is good news.
  • whiteodian
    Sounds like they are trying to burn through old inventory in preparation for the newer models that should be released 3-4 months. Still, how productive can one be on a Surface RT? What kind of Apps or what-not will these schools be using I wonder. I suppose if they can view their books in a PDF viewer and take notes that would be sufficient. I might buy one for my GF if it is available.
  • jcoultas98
    I guess you have to dump the turd off on someone... Might as well be the US taxpayers.