Microsoft's original Intel-based Surface Pro prices now start at $699, which is $100 cheaper than its most recent price.
Microsoft made its latest cut to Surface Pro prices on October 23. Microsoft previously cut $100 off the Surface Pro prices earlier this summer.
After today's cuts, the first-generation Surface Pros now cost $699 (64GB model); $799 (128GB) and $999 (256GB).
The just-released, second-generation Surface Pro 2 is $899 (64GB), $999 (128GB), $1,299 (256GB) and $1,799 (512GB).
The new prices are for Surface Pros sold through Microsoft brick-and-mortar and online stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada only, according to the fine print on the deal that I see. However, I am hearing from some folks in Europe that they also can get the $100 cut in their stores.
Microsoft no longer lists or sells the first-generation Surface Pro on its Surface.com or online Microsoft Store sites. It is continuing to tout the first-generation Surface RT on both, however.
Rather confusingly, a Microsoft spokesperson told Neowin.net back in September that the company would no longer be selling directly Surface Pros once the Surface Pro 2s launched. A spokesperson gave Neowin this statement last month:
"Surface Pro will continue to be available via authorized commercial resellers. However, after October 22, Surface Pro will no longer be available for purchase from Microsoft or its retail partners in most markets where Surface Pro 2 is sold."
That statement notwithstanding, Microsoft is making the latest Surface Pro discount available directly from the Microsoft Online Store. The new lower prices are in effect from October 22 tol December 31.