Consumers interested in buying one of Microsoft's Surface tablets will now find it with Windows 10 preinstalled.
Microsoft's online page for its lower-cost Surface lineup shows that the tablet now comes with Windows 10 Home edition. The page for the pricier and beefier Surface Pro 3 indicates that they're outfitted with Windows 10 Pro edition.
Microsoft has been on a tear to push out Windows 10, partly to make up for the poor response to Windows 8 and partly to get as many Windows users as possible all on the same platform. The company has been offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users for the first year. Last Thursday, Microsoft announced that the new OS was running on 14 million devices since its official launch the previous day. Now the challenge is to get PC and tablet makers to outfit their new devices with Windows 10. Microsoft certainly would want to lead the way, so it's natural for its own Surface tablets to now be sporting Windows 10.
Those of you interested in certain models of the Surface Pro 3 lineup can also save some money. The Intel Core i5 model with 256 gigabytes of storage is now on sale for $1,149, down from $1,299. The Core i7 model with 256GB of storage is on sale for $1,399, down from $1,549. And the Core i7 model with 512GB of storage now selling for $1,799, down from $1,949.
The sale ends today.
All three models on sale come with 8GB of memory, whereas the other two Surface Pro models offer 4GB of RAM. All Surface Pro 3 tablets offer a 12-inch full HD touchscreen display with a resolution of 2,160x1,440 pixels, a Surface stylus pen and the Windows 10 Pro OS.
The less-expensive Surface 3 models offer a 10.8-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1,920x1,280, a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and Windows 10 Home edition. Microsoft has also introduced new variations of the Surface 3 that include Wi-Fi + 4G LTE connectivity, but those versions are not yet available for sale on Microsoft's site.