Surface RT reduced by 60 per cent in massive Microsoft education cut

School may soon be out for the summer, but learning never takes a break, and neither do educational promotions.

Microsoft is reducing the price of its ARM-based Surface RT tablet for schools and universities during a two-month, limited-time offer.

"It's important Microsoft does its part to help get devices into the hands of educators that help prepare today's students with skills modern businesses demand," a Microsoft spokeswoman said in a statement.

The promotion will run from 24 June to 31 August, offering Surface RTs without a keyboard for $199 (£127); tablets with a touch keyboard for $249 (£159), and those with a type keyboard for $289 (£185).

Available to high-education institutions, the offer is good in the UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.

Microsoft is expected to share more details during next week's International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2013 conference, as well as online in its Education Newsroom.

Last week, Microsoft revealed plans to give away 10,000 Surface RT devices during the upcoming ISTE conference as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project.

"Educators using Surface RT have the best of both worlds," Margo Day, vice president of US education for Microsoft, said at the time. "The wonderful experience of a tablet combined with a no-compromise experience of a full-functioning laptop that includes Office and allows for creation and collaboration, and not just consumption."

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