Microsoft slashes $100 off price of Surface Pro tablets through August 29

The temporary reduction follows the company's recent $150 price cut for the Surface RT. Could it be a sign of new Surface tablets coming soon?
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

In the wake of Microsoft's recent decision to slash the price on its struggling Surface RT tablets by $150, the tech giant has just dropped the price on its flagship Surface Pro model by $100 through August 29, according to The Verge. The 64GB model now costs $799, while the 128GB version runs $100 more. 

Microsoft told the website that the slashed prices are for the U.S. market, as well as Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. 

The price cut is not only timed for the busy back-to-school shopping season, but also could mean Microsoft is trying to move inventory in anticipation of new Surface models. These rumored new Surface Pro tablets could use Intel's latest Haswell processors to provide faster performance and improved battery life.

Microsoft has taken some well-publicized lumps related to its tablet hardware in the last few weeks. As it slashed prices on the Surface RT, the company announced that it was taking a massive $900 million write-down on its Surface RT inventory. The Surface Pro hasn't been panned nearly as badly as the RT -- running a full version of Windows 8 allows it to use full Microsoft Office apps instead of the cut-down versions on the RT version -- but it's hard to tell how successful it has been, since Microsoft has been cagey about its tablet sales to date.

Is the $100 price cut enough to get you to purchase a Surface Pro tablet, or will you wait for new models to be announced? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

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