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The Windows RT version of Microsoft Surface will sell for a mere $199, claims an Engadget source...

The Windows RT version of Microsoft Surface will sell for a mere $199, claims an Engadget source provided launch details at a Microsoft (MSFT) conference. If this rumor pans out (a big if), Microsoft would be undercutting every quality ~10" tablet on the tablet, and no doubt further alienating OEMs already upset about the company's emergence as a competitor, as well as Windows RT's license fees.
Comments (13)
  • I thought the Surface Pro (intel version) was going to be north of $600 how can the separation be that much? I must have misread something along the way...

     

    If this turns out to be true, does anyone have a projected price on the Pro?
    14 Aug 2012, 12:06 PM Reply Like
  • Endgaget is usually a pretty good source, but who knows? As far as rational, here is a quote from the author's cite;

     

    "That MRSP (sic), almost certainly lower than Microsoft's own cost, would line it up against the Nexus 7 and even the Kindle Fire. It would put Windows 8 on the map in a big way and give a lot of people a lot of reason to try out an operating system that is going to feel rather different than previous incarnations. The question is: will it drive enough sales of media and apps for Microsoft to recoup its loss? Or, will companies like Acer put up enough of a fight in the months between now and October to keep Microsoft from undercutting its own partners? We'll find out soon, dear readers."

     

    Again, I am long MSFT but not looking for more.
    14 Aug 2012, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • I'm long as well as looking forward to WP8 and the Surface Tablet (Pro for work).

     

    So I'm closely watching this.... just thought I read a month or two ago that the Pro was going to be priced almost as much as an ultrabook/laptop.
    14 Aug 2012, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Hmm... yes, in fact I took it that the Tablet Pro will actually be an extension of the ultrabook, in which case the price point makes sense, but perhaps that is strectching it. Don't know...
    14 Aug 2012, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • If they try to undercut and sell it at 400-600, it'll certainly generate buzz around the office here.
    14 Aug 2012, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • MSFT trying to squeeze some of these suckers
    14 Aug 2012, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • MS has known for years that their OS could (would) be undercut by Google, as evidenced by all the 'Droid' tablets out there, but also the IPads. MS must have been planning for it, and certainly the Slate did not come into being overnight.

     

    This could be MS's salvo aimed directly at the IPad and the Droids. At $199, and runs Excel? It sure has my attention!

     

    Oh... and who else benefits? Intel, of course. Can they do it? Between the Slate and the UltraBook, can the WinTel diopolgy be re-established? Seems to be what is playing out.
    14 Aug 2012, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • @eclipsme- my sentiments as well...
    14 Aug 2012, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • The RT version does not run the full Excel, more akin to the version on the iPad. The Pro runs the full desktop apps.
    18 Aug 2012, 11:15 AM Reply Like
  • I don't understand the RT version... the purpose or target market.
    18 Aug 2012, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • What you say about the version that will ship with RT is true apparently, it also appears that MSFT is releasing a full version of Office for RT.
    http://bit.ly/Ny236O

     

    although there are other issues to be considered as well-
    http://bit.ly/Satl8G
    19 Aug 2012, 07:05 AM Reply Like
  • its actually an interesting divergence from Apple's model. My understanding is that Cook doesn't feel like you can mix full-touch and finger motions with full mouse and keyboard ... well. We shall see eh, is there actually a full running beta of the Pro w Windows what is it 8 OS?
    19 Aug 2012, 09:24 PM Reply Like
  • I'm long with MSFT
    14 Aug 2012, 02:19 PM Reply Like
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