Microsoft Wants to School Apple on Tablets

Despite the iPad’s popularity and prevalence throughout academia, Microsoft is undaunted in its efforts to claim a sizable share of the education market.

Word surfaced this week that Microsoft is slashing the price of its Surface RT tablet to just $199 for schools and colleges that will use the tablets for education purposes.

So far, the Surface RT hasn’t been a big seller against red-hot iOS and Android-powered tablets, but Microsoft is only ten months into the tablet battle.

The “Microsoft Surface for education limited-time offer” will be available between June 17 and August 31, 2013, according to a brochure detailing the program. Under the program, Surface RTs without keyboards will go for $199 (normal estimated retail price is $499). With a touch keyboard, the discounted price is $249 (estimated retail price is $599), and with a type keyboard the discounted price is $289 (estimated retail price is $629).

According to ZDNet, Microsoft is extending the discount purchase opportunity to schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, 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.