New hardware means the old inventory has to go, and that's what Microsoft is doing. Hot on the heels of its big announcements in New York late last month, the company has put almost a dozen PCs sold through the Microsoft Store on discount.
These aren't cheap whitebox products, either. We're talking desktops and laptops from Dell, Sony, HP, MSI, ASUS, Alienware and Lenovo. The complete list of items on sale is here, although some are already sold out. Some of the bigger deals include:
Lenovo Z50-87 notebook
On sale for $349, $250 off its $599 price tag (42% savings)
Alienware 15 Touch gaming laptop
On sale for $1,799, save $700 off its $2,499 price tag (28% savings)
Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 all-in-one desktop PC
On sale for $1,399, $500 off its $1,899 price tag ($500 savings)
Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV Signature Edition Laptop
On sale for $397.00, $252 off its $649.00 price tag (38% savings)
Dell XPS 12 9250-4554WLAN Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC
On sale for $899.00, $400 off its $1,299.00 price tag (30% savings)
Microsoft doesn't say how long the sale will last, but it's likely going to run until inventory is exhausted.
Surface 3 out of stock
One device that's out of stock is the Surface 3. Neowin was the first to notice the entry-level tablet that jump-started Microsoft's tablet business was out of stock. Microsoft had said it would cease production of the device by the end of this year, and it looks like it's good for its word.
Surface 3 was where the Microsoft tablet effort took off. Before that it was a confusing mess of ARM and x86, and neither tablet was any good. So, Microsoft spiked the ARM product and just made an x86 product that was affordable.
Since then, Microsoft seems to have adopted an Apple-like model of high-end, high-cost products. Surface 3 was the entry-level product and admittedly is underpowered compared to the rest. It remains to be seen if it will be replaced.
Intel is reported to begin volume shipments of its Kaby Lake processor in January. Kaby Lake is a mobile part with very good power consumption and other functions important to laptops and tablets, so expect some news from Microsoft on new Surface devices early next year now that the CPU it needs will be available.