Good Deals: Microsoft Cut Prices on Windows 8 Hybrid Devices

By Vamien McKalin | Apr 03, 2013 11:14 AM EDT

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Microsoft seems to be preparing for something big: some new stock, or the company just wants to sell some Windows 8 hybrid devices, because it is slashing prices everywhere.

You may want to visit the Microsoft Store right now to get in on these deals before they disappear. They won't last forever, and these prices might not return again for some time.

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  • Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD).
  • Acer Iconia W510-1674Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz "Clover Trail" Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD.
  • HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: Now $599, was $849. 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom 1.8GHz "Clover Trail" Z2760 chip, 64GB SSD.
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet: Cut to $999 from $1,199. 11.6-inch screen (1,920x1,080), Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB SSD.

Since the launch of Windows 8 in late 2012, the platform hasn't been growing tremendously as many had expected. In fact, Windows 8 growth is so slow that even Microsoft OEM partners are throwing sticks and stones in a fit of rage, due to low sales of Windows 8-powered devices.

According to Samsung's CEO, Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices are lackluster in performance due to a preference in the market for Android and iOS. Samsung's top executive also claims Windows 8 is the reason why the global PC market is shrinking at an alarming rate, and he went on to add that Windows 8 is no different from the infamous Windows Vista.

Another top Microsoft partner, Dell, claims one of the main reasons the company is going private, is due to Windows 8 "uncertain adoption."

No doubt, Microsoft has found itself in a pickle. Unlike Windows Phone, it doesn't have that one partner that is up for focusing solely on the platform with iconic products, so the company is forced to go it alone with the Surface line of devices. 

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