If you plan to subscribe to Microsoft's online service Office365 Personal in the near future, you know that you have to pay $6.99 for a subscription per month or $69.99 per year to do so when you sign up directly on the Microsoft Store website.
Cheaper deals are available if you look beyond the official Microsoft Store. Students may find one on Amazon where a 4-year Microsoft Office 365 University subscription is offered for $79.95
Amazon and other retailers may also offer Home, the bigger Office 365 subscription, for a discount. It is available for $10 per month or $100 per year on Microsoft's own store.
The main difference between the two subscription models is that Home allows you to install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones while Personal is restricted to 1 PC or Mac and 1 tablet and phone.
Anyway, the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet has been on offer in the Microsoft Store for some time now at a retail price of $99. With it comes an Office 365 Personal subscription for a year.
Microsoft adds on top of that a $25 Windows Store Gift card and free shipping. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and is equipped with an Intel Atom processor (1.33 GHz), 1 Gigabyte of RAM and 32 Gigabyte of internal storage space.
The device has a 7-inch IPS display that runs on a 1280x800 native resolution. It has a 2MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera, supports microSD cards and 802.11n Wi-Fi with Miracast as well as Bluetooth.
The Signature Edition, in case you are wondering, refers to the device shipping without junk or trialware.
It should be clear that this is not a fast device by any stretch of the imagination and that it is limited in regards to what you can do with it.
If you check out reviews of the Stream 7, for instance the extensive Anandtech review of it, you will notice that most reviewers think of it as a good device. Most criticize the low battery live of the device and the headphone quality but that it provides a good experience at the price point.
Here is a video review of the device that reveals more about it:
The deal seems to be limited to the US Microsoft Store for now. I checked the German store quickly and the price of the device was still at €99 without Windows Store credit at that time.
It is a good deal if you want to subscribe to Office 365 Personal anyway or want a Windows tablet.
Now You: How cheap do you think Windows Tablets will get in the future?
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