Microsoft announced a new initiative on Monday to sell the Surface RT tablet to schools around the world in bulk for under half its full retail value. The offer went into effect on Monday and lasts through August 31. The deal is good for institutions that are home to kindergarten classes all the way up to universities. Only the 32GB model is available, but the price will surprise you.
Microsoft is offering three different prices based on whether schools want to order a specialized cover for the tablet. The standalone Surface RT costs $199 (the full retail value is $499), the Surface RT with a Touch Keyboard Cover costs $249 (the full retail value is$599), and the Surface RT with Type Keyboard Cover costs $289 (the full retail value is $629). The discount extends to all schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, 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.
Microsoft’s announcement represents the company’s need to clear out its slow-moving stock before it rolls out the next generation of Surface tablets. With rumors flying that a 7-inch Surface could be released this month it certainly makes sense that the company would want to clear its stale inventory ahead of a new product launch.