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Microsoft marks down Surface Pro price by $100

Microsoft has slashed the price of its Surface Pro tablet in the US as it looks to capitalise on the back to school rush.

The 64GB and 128GB version of the tablet, which was only released in the UK on May 23, was reduced in price by $100 [£65] on the Microsoft Store. It means that with the discount the respective prices are $800 [£521] for the 64GB and $900 [£587] for a 128GB Surface Pro.

“We’ve been seeing great worldwide success with Surface RT pricing and keyboard-cover promotions over the past several months and are proud to offer Surface Pro at more affordable prices starting today,” Microsoft told The Verge.

Buyers will have to splash out extra for the necessary Touch or Type cover and there is no complimentary copy of Microsoft Office either.

Prices will stay the same from August 4 to 29 and are only available to customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US now, with no word as to when European countries will see a cut.

The tablets have only been fully available across the UK and Europe for a matter of months and those hoping for a price cut of a similar magnitude might have to wait until the Holiday season later in the year.

We reached out to Microsoft to find out whether the UK and Europe would be getting the same price cuts and at the time of writing, they hadn’t replied with a comment.

Microsoft choosing to drop the price of the Surface Pro follows a similar £120 price cut on the Surface RT tablet recently. Following this, the firm reported Q2 earnings that showed a $900 million [£590 million] charge for “Surface RT inventory adjustments”.

Surface Pro runs a full version of Windows 8 and consumers choosing to splash out on the tablet will benefit from the recent 8.1 update.

Rumours have been flying around for months that successors to the Surface RT and Surface Pro will be released soon and will see a number of improvements in the hope of selling more than the first generation managed.

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