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UK misses out on Surface Pro price cut

Microsoft's Windows 8 tablet has been discounted in the US, but those savings aren't spreading much further, for now.

Microsoft has slashed the price of its Surface Pro tablet, but the savings are yet to be passed onto UK shoppers.

The tablet has had $100 (£65) excised from its price tag in the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Verge reports. A quick check on the UK site, however, reveals the Surface Pro still costs a gut-churning £719.

That's the price for the 64GB model. For the higher-capacity 128GB option you'll be shelling out £799 for the privilege. Those are the same prices you'd have had to pay back in July, when Microsoft knocked £120 off the price of the Surface RT tablet. The RT version only lets you install software from Microsoft's app store, however, limiting its appeal. 

As the Surface Pro arrived late to the UK, it wouldn't surprise me if we also have to wait longer for a price cut. I've contacted Microsoft asking for information on the UK price and whether Brits can expect an imminent discount, and I'll update this story if I hear anything significant from the house of Clippy.

It's no secret the Surface RT and Surface Pro haven't exhibited the kind of iPad-toppling power Microsoft had hoped they would.

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer recently admitted that the company had made too many of its Surface RT tablets, saying, "We built a few more devices than we could sell," going on to hint that a successor to the Surface was in the works. The blunder cost the software giant a scarcely believable $900m.

Would Microsoft be throwing good money after bad by building more tablets, or are you keen to see what Windows 8-flavoured marvels the company can cook up? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.