While it’s not as nice as last year’s buy a PC and get an Xbox 360 deal or even this year’s Apple deal, Microsoft’s new back to school deal may make purchasing that new computer a bit cheaper. Well, so long as that new computer is a Surface.
Microsoft’s online store is offering 10% off on any new Surface (the Pro with full Windows 8 and the recently discounted Surface RT), as well as 10% off any Surface accessories like the cool “click on” Touch or Type covers. With this deal you’d be getting a new Surface RT with a Type cover for a little over $400 (usually $450) or a Surface Pro 64GB for around $810 (usually $900). This discount also works for accessories like headphones, speakers, cases, mice and any other things you’d buy to help accessorize your Surface. Sadly this 10% discount looks to be Surface-only and doesn’t seem to work if you’re looking to buy a regular laptop made by any other company from the Microsoft Store.
In addition to this 10% off Surface deal, the Microsoft Store is also offering the same Office 365 deal being offered by Staples and Best Buy: buy a touch-enabled PC and you’ll get Office 365 University free for 4 years. This Office deal does include touchscreen laptops made by other companies like Lenovo, Samsung and HP but for some reason doesn’t seem to apply to the Surface Pro (at Best Buy and Staples you can get Office 365 University free for 4 years even if you buy a Surface Pro over a touchscreen laptop).
Both deals need you to verify that you are a college student by using the .edu email address provided to you by your school. For the Surface deal you can do this before you buy by heading over to this site, while if you’re taking advantage of the free Office deal at the Microsoft Store you’ll be prompted to verify your student ID at check out. For all the info head on over to the Back to School section of the Microsoft Store.
Last year Microsoft did something radically different when it came to new PCs. In addition to releasing the more touch friendly Windows 8 and Windows RT, they announced their own Surface line of tablets to go with it. These Windows tablets were designed and made by Microsoft directly– not HP, Lenovo, Acer, Dell or any other Windows PC maker and they have nice designs and some cool keyboard covers that “click” in (like in these ads for the Surface that were seemingly everywhere earlier this year). Over the weekend Microsoft dropped the price of the 32GB Surface RT down to $350, and the 64GB Surface RT down to $450 (both a discount of $150). With back-to-school season approaching this would seem like a great deal, but you may want to wait before you buy a new Surface RT.