Did Dummies.com Reveal the Microsoft Surface Pricing?
On October 26th Microsoft will not only release their brand new Windows 8 operating system, but also their first ever tablet, the Microsoft Surface. Â The Surface will come in two flavors - Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT, the latter made for the ARM processor. Â At launch it will be available only online and at Microsoft's brick and mortar stores. Â While the company has showed off the devices and given us quite a bit of detail on them, the one thing they have failed to reveal is a price.
Now, Dummies.com, the makers of the popular how-to guides, such as Office 2010 for Dummies, has announced a contest in which they will be giving away, as a grand prize, a Microsoft Surface tablet, along with one copy each of theÂ Windows 8 For Dummies, andÂ Surface For DummiesÂ books. Â The contest page mentions that the approximate retail value of this package is "$350.00 USD", which may be revealing.
Since Microsoft announced the Surface tablets last summer there has been speculation all over the web about the price. Â For a while there was a fairly credible rumor floating around that the tablet would retail for $199, but later CEO Steve Ballmer squashed that gossip by seeming to indicate that the device would sell for closer to $1,000, almost pricing it out of the market.
The Surface has been listed on the Microsoft Store for sometime now, but is not yet available for pre-order. Â If the sub $350 price tag proves to be true then it would come in below the iPad, but above the two most popular Android competitors, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, which both retail for $199. Â However, the Surface will likely be a much better choice for business users thanks to integration with Exchange and the inclusion of Office.Advertisement