Consumers may not be buying Surface RT tablets, but that isn’t stopping Microsoft. The company will offer $199 Surface tablets for K-12 schools and higher-education institutions, according to the company.
The deal isn’t live yet, though, according to Microsoft. It will be offered on June 24. Educators will need to sign up via a form supplied by Microsoft, and then presumably buy in bulk. The announcement was originally released by Ryan Lowdermilk, Microsoft's technology evangelist, who apparently released the information early. Lowdermilk subsequently pulled the blog post announcing the deal.
"It's true," a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email. "It’s important Microsoft does its part to help get devices into the hands of educators that help prepare today’s students with skills modern businesses demand. We will be discussing this more in greater detail on June 24, both from the ISTE [International Society for Technology in Education] showroom floor and on our Education Newsroom [at ISTE's annual conference June 23-26]. Please join us then!"
Educators interested in buying a Surface should send an email to Surfaceedu@microsoft.com, according to ZDnet, which reported the story earlier.