Looks like someone is desperate to clear their inventory. Microsoft, in a special offer valid only to students, is selling their Surface RT tablets (Windows 8 on ARM) for an amazingly low price of just $199.

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In an effort to push Surface tablets to classrooms (or rather, clear their inventory), Microsoft is selling their Surface RT tablet to students at a heavily discounted price of just $199. This new offer comes after the recent 10,000 units giveaway of Surface tablets to teachers.

Microsoft will be discounting the Surface RT and its various bundles by more than 50%, dropping the price of the base model to just $199. Sadly, all the promotional pieces are 32 GB units, but then again for office use that should be more than enough.

Here are the three bundles on offer:

  • Surface RT 32 GB for $199 (Retail – $499)
  • Surface RT 32 GB with Touch Cover for $249 (Retail $599)
  • Surface RT 32 GB with Type Cover for $289 (Retail $629)

Here’s what Microsoft’s got to say about their generous program:

Microsoft has a long tradition of offering special pricing to education customers. Microsoft’s mission in education is to help schools, students and educators realize their full potential. We do this by investing in education institutions through software, hardware and services at affordable prices. We think Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning, and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today.

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The offer is valid to between 17th June to 31st August, or untill stocks last. You are eligible whether you’re in K-12 or University. Not all countries are lucky enough to be a part of this discount program however.

Following countries are included in the discount program:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (via Digital China), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

We suspect that Microsoft has a large inventory left over thanks to the extremely poor sales of Surface RT. Well, what more do you expect from an overpriced product with half-baked software. Even the App Store is buggy (even today), and user experience hasn’t been the best either. Hopefully, Surface RT 2 gains much more traction for the troubled Windows 8 on ARM platform.

via The Next Web