Microsoft is either giving away first generation Surface tablets for free or selling them at dirt cheap prices in an effort to clear stocks, perhaps before the 2nd generation Surface products arrive.

Microsoft Surface Pro RT Microsoft clearing stock of Surface RT and Pro with giveaways and discounted prices

Teachers who attended the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference are eligible to receive a free Microsoft Surface RT tablet in the latest giveaway by Microsoft. The number of units up for this promotion could be as high as 10,000, so why is Microsoft suddenly so keen clearing nearly $5 million worth of Surface RT stock?

In late May, Microsoft was offering heavy discounts on their Surface products at TechEd North America. The deal, not just limited to teachers, allowed attendees to purchase a Surface RT 64 GB with the touch cover for just $99.99. I’m sorry if I call that anything but a steal, because it really is (at that price). At the same event, the Surface Pro 128 GB was on sale for $399.99.

Microsoft TechEd Microsoft clearing stock of Surface RT and Pro with giveaways and discounted prices

Here’s some good news for those of you who missed the deal, and for those who either live in Europe or got friends and family there, Microsoft will be offering similar discounts at the TechEd Europe event as well. This time round, on sale is the Surface RT 64 GB at only €79.99 for EU customers (£69.99 GBP for UK customers) while the Surface Pro 128 GB is priced at €349.99 for EU customers (£299.99 for UK customers).

This offer is available to:

  • Full Conference Pass Attendees
  • Partner Attendee and Booth Staff Passes
  • Faculty and Students
  • Press
  • 3rd Party Speakers
  • 3rd Party Staff

*(for more details, hit the source link)

As per TNW’s report, the most plausible reason for such aggressive (and deep) discounts could only mean one thing, that Microsoft is desperately trying to clear remainder stock of their Surface products, most probably before the arrival of next-generation Surface products. We assume that the left over stock must be quite a lot, considering this will be the third giveaway/discounted sale on the Surface RT and Pro tablets.

Source:  MSDN via The Next Web, GeekWire