Microsoft Sells Dell's Venue 8 Pro Tablet For $99 - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Comments
Microsoft Sells Dell's Venue 8 Pro Tablet For $99
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/13/2013 | 2:51:03 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Thanks for responding-- and I'm glad you like your device! I hadn't heard about vouchers being handed out after stocks were depleted, though I know some U.S. Microsoft stores received additional inventory later in the day, which allowed them to extend the $199 deal.

Did anyone else have an experience like this?
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/13/2013 | 2:30:04 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm curious: After the $99 tablets had sold out, how many people went ahead and bought the device at $199? Did some of the people in line leave after the heaviest discounts were off the table?

And how are you liking the device? Among Windows mini-tablets (not necessarily tablets in general), it seems like one of the nicer options. Windows tablets rely on Office for a lot of their appeal-- but as I indicated in the article, I'm not sure how appealing people will find Office on such a small screen.
Michael Endler
0%
100%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 10:12:36 PM
Re: Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet (32 GB)
Sorry, no, not correct.

If you looked at Microsoft's website in the last several hours, it makes sense that you saw $299 listed as the price. The reduced prices were only valid until stock levels were depleted. Microsoft said that the online deal sold out almost immediately.So it's been something like ten hours since the site would have said anything other than $299.

But since there still seems to be confusion, let me be unequivocal: That Microsoft put the device on sale is beyond refuting. Several comments in this thread testify to as much, as do half a dozen threads on Reddit, to say nothing of numerous other sources across the Internet. I've also spoken to many people today (both Microsoft employees and Microsoft customers) about the sale. The fact that the price currently says $299 is merely evience that the sale is already over. It's clear that many people did not like the way the sale was executed, but the sale did indeed occur.
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 5:46:53 PM
Re: Office home is not included
Yep, I just found this thread: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/mobile-devices/f/4586/t/19533657.aspx


A few other people have had the same issue, from the look of it. Glad it didn't take long to get it worked out!
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 4:28:32 PM
Re: Office home is not included
This is the first I've heard about it.

I suggest asking them why their own product page says Office Home and Student is included.  http://holiday.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/html/pbPage.PDP/productID.289455200?Icid=12DaysHero_Link_DellVenue_120913
Thomas Claburn
100%
0%
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 3:20:26 PM
Re: I got mine
I'm not really a Windows 8 user but I'd try it for $99.
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 11:40:29 AM
What Microsoft PR said Monday morning
Okay, if anyone visited a retail location and was told that there were never any $99 units available, I suggest you call the store and demand an explanation. Below is what I was just emailed by Microsoft PR, in response to the conflicting reports that have floated around this morning:

"With each of the 12 Days of Deals, the daily doorbuster is for the first 20 customers in line. So today, the Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet was/is $99 for the first 20 customers and $199 thereafter until supplies last.

Tomorrow, customers can get a Garmin Forerunner 110 Fitness watch plus a $25 gift card for $129.99 as supplies last. The daily doorbuster for the first 20 customers inside the store is the Garmin Fitness Watch and $25 gift card for $99.99.

All Microsoft retail stores are going live with these deals each day until the 20th and all  store managers can speak to them."


So there you have it.
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 1:40:19 AM
Re: iPad envy
I suppose if you read a lot of tech stories, you might get tired of repeated iPad comparisons, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) The iPad has WAY more market share than Rolls Royce. In fact, the iPad is the most used single line of tablets. That alone makes it a sensible point of comparison when discussing new products in the same category.

2) The iPad Mini is a particularly apt comparison, given the Venue Pro costs the same (outside of Monday's promotion) as the cheapest iPad Mini.

3) Maybe it wasn't clear, but "Different strokes for different folks" was sort of the point of the iPad comparison--e.g. "[T]he Venue 8 Pro's major sales draw isn't touch apps; it's support for desktop software, particularly Microsoft Office."
Michael Endler
100%
0%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 1:34:13 AM
Re: Microsoft claims false report
Okay, since it's Sunday night here on the West Coast, I haven't had luck reaching anyone outside Microsoft's call centers. But I spoke to a call center supervisor (she said she couldn't give her full name) based in New York. I can report the following:

-- If a customer service rep said outright that the deal was false, the customer service rep spoke outside of Microsoft policy. The supervisor told me that company policy is to say, "We cannot confirm that" in response to situations such as this one. The reps should not have denied the price, and they should not have suggested (as some readers have reported to me) that InformationWeek (or any other publication reporting this deal) was wrong.

-- Microsoft customer service is basically in the dark on this deal until it is live. The supervisor told me that they don't have access to pricing information until the deal is active. So basically, the people I talked to in Microsoft PR knew about this deal, but at least some of the people in Microsoft customer service (perhaps all?) knew nothing.

-- My assumption is that some people called Microsoft customer support around midight EST, asking why they couldn't find the Venue 8 Pro deal. Because the deal doesn't go live until 7 AM Pacific (not a detail the supervisor could confirm even at this point, btw), the reps wouldn't have seen the pricing info.The reps should have said, "I cannot confirm that," but based on what I've heard from some readers, it appears at least some of them said something more like, "No, all the articles about that deal are wrong."
Michael Endler
50%
50%
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 12:33:12 AM
Re: Microsoft claims false report
As I've pointed out elsewhere, the deal isn't live yet. A website I linked to previously indicates it will go live at 7:00 AM Pacific. I can't account for why Microsoft's customer service agents are evidently in the dark. But I have documented confirmation from Microsoft about this deal. If the deal does turn out to be false, rest assured I'll run a story Monday morning that includes the email, and that asks why Microsoft would intentionally perpetuate false information.

 Edit: Hyperlinks aren't visible in the post for some reason, but the word "website" in item 3 of the list I posted above includes the link to Microsoft's deal promo page. I also inserted the link into the word "website" in the previous sentence.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>


The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Commentary
New Storage Trends Promise to Help Enterprises Handle a Data Avalanche
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  4/1/2021
Slideshows
11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/6/2021
Commentary
How to Submit a Column to InformationWeek
InformationWeek Staff 4/9/2021
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Successful Strategies for Digital Transformation
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll