Microsoft slashes Windows 8.1 tablet prices in its store


If you’re keen to pick up a Windows tablet, then some brand-new discounts at Microsoft’s online and retail stores might just be that final push that sends you over the edge to shoppingville, or something equally dramatic like that. According to InformationWeek, Microsoft has slapped a fresh batch of tablets with a pretty decent discount, bringing a number of them to $250 each.

With the holiday season over, Microsoft is looking to juice sales on new tablets running Windows 8.1. A quick look at the company’s online store shows a slew of slates with price cuts, leaving many of them costing $249 or less. In particular, models from Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba are seeing their prices slashed. While these are mostly the 8-inch tablets that make use of Intel’s newer Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processors, there’s also the Dell Venue 11 Pro, which comes with a 10.6-inch display and Atom Z3770 CPU and is $50 off at $499. Note that this is the same price as on Dell’s website; on the other hand, Dell is still selling the Venue 8 Pro for $299.99, whereas Microsoft has cut $70 off the price. (Not surprisingly, the Microsoft store says it only has limited quantities of the Venue 8 Pro at this price.)

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