Microsoft has slowly made the Windows tablet market a market of their own. With its initial Surface RT, then the Surface 2 RT, and the Surface Pro lines, it has gotten better. On Tuesday, Microsoft unleashed the latest tablet for Windows users, the Surface 3.
The Surface 3 is the newest in the Surface line of Windows tablets, and starting at $499, it is a great deal. It runs the full spectrum of Windows programs, and goes far beyond the original Windows RT tablets. Its launch at $499 should get a lot of new users interested in Surface.
The Surface 3 is now currently available as of May 7th in the following markets: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the most widely released Surface, and should sell out quickly.
Along with the Surface 3, the Surface 3 Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface 3 Docking Station, and the Surface 3 Screen Protector are also available. The wide availability of the accessories is a vast improvement for Microsoft, as they lagged with accessories with the previous Surface Pro products at launch.
$150 Trade-In Credit
Microsoft realizes that Surface RT and Surface 2 users might want to upgrade, and are giving them up to $150 credit towards the purchase of the Surface 3. This might be a small credit towards the purchase, but it allows them to get instant credit at the Microsoft stores for the immediate purchase of the unit.
Microsoft is fully behind the Surface 3, as they are hosting launch parties in their Microsoft Stores, courting the education market with it, and giving a 10% discount towards educational purchases. Microsoft for $499 is giving users a full tablet, and something that competes with the iPad nicely.
The Surface 3 is available starting today. It’s a great product, and worth $499 easily.