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Microsoft shaves $100 off price of Surface 2 tablet


About a month before it is expected to announce the next edition of its Windows operating system, Microsoft Corp. has cut the price of its Surface 2 tablet devices by as much US$100.

The 22 per cent drop bring the price tag of the entry level Surface 2 to just $349.

The sale runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 27 or while supply lasts and the maximum number of units that can be bought by a customer is five.

The Surface 2 runs on Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1 touch-centric OS. Windows RT uses the so-called Metro apps and cannot run legacy Windows applications

The $100 cut covers the Wi-Fi only Surface 2 tablets with 32GB and 64GB of storage and the 64GB model that can connect to cellular networks at LTE speeds.

The 32GB device is now being sold for $349 while the 64GB model is being sold for $449 (18 per cent discount) and the LTE-capable tablet is selling for $579, on a 15 per cent discount.

A report from the online technology publication Computerworld.com said that it is not known if Microsoft is discounting the price as a prelude to introducing a new tablet line.

Microsoft is also poised to announce on Sept. 30, the next version of its Windows OS. The replacement to the two-year-old Windows 8 is codenamed Threshold.

In June this year, Microsoft released its Surface Pro 3 tablet in Canada and it received a positive reception from the local channel community.

Microsoft is banking that consumers and business users will buy into the idea of the Surface Pro 3 as notebook and desktop replacement.

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