Microsoft, over the past few years, has been moving into a more hardware-oriented business model. The company which has, over the years, been known for their software business, now looks at a bigger market. Microsoft has realized that the acceleration towards the hardware side of things was a move that was bound to take place. The company picked up pace with the Surface and the Windows based smartphones. They took over Nokia, and had great plans in mind, but things sort of fell flat on their face. Nevertheless, the company is still motivated, and has now introduced back-to-school deals on the Microsoft Store.
The Microsoft Store keeps introducing these deals, which allows the users, and especially students to buy the devices at a discounted price. The company is now offering the Surface Pro 4, along with the stand and the Surface Pen, at a discount of 10% for the students. The company is calling it the ‘education discount’ on the Microsoft Store.
The devices that are currently on sale are:
- Surface Pro 4 (starts at $899)
- Surface Book (starts at $1,349)
- Surface Pro 4 Signature Type Cover ($159.99)
- HP Spectre x360 13 Signature Edition 2in1 (starts at $999.99)
- Dell XPS 13 9350 Signature Edition laptop (starts at $999.00)
- Lenovo Yoga 900 Signature Edition 2in1 (starts at $999.99)
In addition to these devices, the company is also offering the latest generation XBOX One device. The 2TB XBOX One S has been priced in at $399. The company has been working really hard on giving a boost to their hardware division. The Windows based Smartphone devices have been underperforming, and Microsoft seems to be losing faith in the Lumia brand. The company is now aiming to release their gen-next smartphone device next year, as the Surface Phone. The Surface branded devices have done well for them, and the company continues to take it one step forward.