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Microsoft Discounts Surface Pro 3 For Education

With discounts of at least $150 available across the Surface Pro 3 line, Microsoft hopes its newest tablet can become a hit among students and teachers.

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mnasca
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mnasca,
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8/11/2014 | 12:19:40 PM
"Microsoft's discounted prices are available only to qualified students, faculty, and staff."
According to MS website, the discount on the S3 is only available to college students.
Michael Endler
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8/6/2014 | 12:36:43 PM
Re: Keyboard
I don't think the keyboard is noisy. It's definitely quieter than, say, the keys on the Lenovo ThinkPads that so many businesses deploy. The newest TouchCover offers good key travel, though it's hard to speed-type quite as well as you might on a premium clamshell. It also offers excellent responsiveness-- a good product, I'd say.


As for price, though... I find Microsoft's "we want to let the user choose the keyboard color" stuff to be a weak excuse for selling the keyboard separately, and for skirting the issue of its price. On its website, Microsoft could easily bundle keyboards while allowing users to choose their own color. Yes, that could represent a lot of SKUs, but it doesn't mean the buyer interface needs to be impossibly convoluted. We're talking about one of the most powerful software companies on the planet-- if they can't figure out how to set up a web interface that accommodates this, I'd be surprised. As for retail stores, they could keep some inventory on hand, and if they don't have the color the consumer wants, it can be ordered. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think a consumer would be happy to wait a few days for the desired keyboard if it meant saving some cash.
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8/6/2014 | 11:59:11 AM
Re: Keyboard
The keyboard is quite quiet in comparison to most keyboards I've heard.

As for including the keyboard there are 5 SP3 models, and 5 types of keyboards. Should microsoft offer 25 different SKUs? Selling them would sure be hard, a store would have to stock a lot more product to cover all it's bases. Is that really the suggestion here? What about people who don't get a keyboard? Do they get a discount?
PedroGonzales
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8/6/2014 | 11:46:20 AM
Re: Discount?
I think if Microsoft is able to collaborate with universities they will be able to penetrate that market even more.  I see a lot of students getting either Macs or regular laptops.  May be those students majoring in art or animation will benefit more from the functionalities of surface pro than other majors would.  
EricP147
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8/5/2014 | 8:51:11 PM
Re: Discount?
Then again a chrome book can't run or develope all the software the SP3 can.
EricP147
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EricP147,
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8/5/2014 | 8:49:23 PM
Re: Keyboard
Ordering a keyboad with the computer is pretty easy. After you select the computer from the MS site it takes you to the accessories page where you get to select the color keyboard you want. And for students the discount more than makes up for the cost of a keyboard.
lambda99
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8/5/2014 | 4:12:18 PM
Re: Discount?
Sorry you're so behind on cloud solutions.  Everyone will catch up after a while, I guess.
lambda99
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8/5/2014 | 4:10:51 PM
Re: Discount?
So you're saying when you apply a lot of high end requirements that 95% of users will never encounter, a low end system won't fit the bill.  I'll take it a step futher.  My needs are high speed inter-city transportation.  No laptop is of any use whatsoever for that.  See?
anon7485617874
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8/5/2014 | 4:02:16 PM
Sales figures?
"Last month, Microsoft execs said Pro 3 sales outpace those of earlier models, but the company has not yet revealed any concrete figures."

They never do.  Funny how you can use statistics  to prove a point in either direction.  Very deceiving.  Yet, one can imagine MS posting this info willlingly if this device sold like a new iphone when first introduced.  Apple is all over that.
anon7485617874
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8/5/2014 | 3:52:15 PM
Re: Keyboard
I've heard the KB is rather noisy.  At any rate, the price point is too high.  Only 1 USB to MB?  This has far worse port selection then even the most limited ultrabooks.  Having a digitizer display is nice, but that component adds considerable cost.  MS should offer a cheaper version of this without digitizer.  Not everyone uses that feature.  The KB really needs to be included.  I bet 99 percent of folks who buy it get the KB.  MS trying to keep price down on main device but who are they kidding?  People can add.  They need to include KB and bring down the price point 200 dollars.  Price point is what will make this fail. 
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