Microsoft teases $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro with its most seductive ad of the year

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Yesterday we told you gents and ladies about what’s probably going to be the deal of the year. This Monday, you can pick up the Dell Venue 8 Pro for just $99 from the Microsoft Store. That deal is good for the first 20 folks in physical Microsoft Stores in the United States or Canada. After that, the price goes up to $199. To celebrate, Microsoft has produced one of their most seductive ads yet. Turn down the lights, turn up the music, light some candles and watch it.

Microsoft’s “12 Days of Deals” promotion kicks off this Monday. You’re ready right? We’re ready, at least our bodies are after watching that.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro is by far one of our favorite 8-inch tablets running Windows 8.1. According to our poll from earlier, it’s your favorite too! Don’t forget to look at our hands-on and first impression from the device.

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Microsoft teases $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro with its most seductive ad of the year


On the off-chance that they're not completely sold out before the hour is over, I'm wondering if they'd let you purchase more than one provided that you use a different credit card each time.

youre forgetting that people will bring in their friends and family members for this shit.  One Per blood line please.

I like that "one per blood line" if I ever run a multi billion dollar corporation and that corporation is having a killer sale, the fine print shall read one per blood line, any caught "bending the rules" will be punished in the most severe ways possible. (I will have some shady back room deal with whichever government needed to make "severe" even worst).

I'm wondering how early ill have to be there. I figure an hour should do it, maybe less. I'll need to get one to show to my boss if im gonna waltz on into work late Monday. I think it might hold up as an excuse as long as I have one.

The Slickdeals Effect is bad new, lol! I wish I did just buy a nexus which is now a day late to return... The 8 is awesome. I bought a venue pro 11 and Xbox from the MS store tonight... The Xbox bundle was nit planned...

Why would someone trade to a giant ipod for one of the best sub-$500 (and, in some ways, sub-$1K) tablets out there? Or do you mean you made the mistake of getting a giant ipod and want to get the excellent Windows tablet instead?

Yeah, Microsoft has a trade-in program for iPad 2 and up.  Assuming it's still active, but they started it not long ago so I don't see it ending yet?

Damn dude, the iPad mini is a nifty machine. It may not be a workhorse, but it's very fun to use and has lots of stuff to do. It has so many apps and games that Dell will be left in shame. It's a fun 8" tablet and Venue Pro 8 is on the other hand a workhorse but not so fun. I know cause I have a iPad mini which I bought myself, and I use W8 in my computer.

Gonna pick up Surface 2 or Pro 2 this summer for studies though, I do believe in Windows (WP8, W8, Xbox) but for 8" tablets, iPad mini was my choice.

Give your ipad mini a try, you will like it at the end. the only problem you will find is compatibility apps across ios/windows. But then you will wish developers to build for windows (im talking mobile). 

Sssssshhhhhh OMG already !!! Stop talking about this !!! I'm already debating my chances for Monday.... stop spreading this good deal... More chances for me !!

yea this ad is pretty much telling me to get up and get over there at 5 in the morning.  what time do they open?


They say that the first wide key sendoff will be in about a week or 2. Right now I'm 1 of like 250 who have a key

I have to figure the entrance to the mall that's closest to the Microsoft Store. I will go on recon on Sunday, scope the place, draw maps and possible routes.

That Dell is Mine!! queue evil laugh

I knew this was a damn lie, a full windows 8 tablet and not the RT...so it's only about 1520 tablets for all the stores with 1000 morons per store in line, and I'm suppose to wait like them in line like an idiot. There is always an explanation and Microsoft is always bad at it!!!

Anyone want to combine forces to make sure we are one of the lucky 20? Ill be at the Dadeland Mall, MS store.

Hey Ziggygod, I am so down. I need to grab me one myself. I live in Ft. Lauderdale but I have to drive all the way to Dadeland mall. Believe I will be up bright and early to get me one. It was either Dadeland mall or Aventura Mall speciality store. I just don't know if Aventura Mall speciality store will have any??

According to this thread and the other thread of the Dell Venue 8 Pro specialty stores will do the promotions. But if not email me ziggygod@gmail.com ill keep you posted about the Dadeland Store. I should be there by 8:30-9am.

I called the Specialty Store number (855-270-6581) two times and was assured that the deals apply at those stores.

On second day of deals, Microsoft gave to us.....? A $200 Xbox One, 2 for 1 Lumia 1520's, Xbox live gold for half off, Surface Pro 2 with free type cover.

I really want one.  I had read somewhere that online they would be marked to 199 that day. Anyone else have any info on this possibility?

That's true, they will be available online for $199. If you want it for $99, better get to a physical store.

I don't want to risk my life lol both Microsoft stores are deep in the middle of two malls.  It will be like running the gauntlet. I am willing to pay 199 to have it shipped to me lol


Thanks for confirming that then. I will be waiting at 11:59 to order :)

The deal is on Monday, a workday. I plan on being one of the first 20. I wonder how early I need to be there?

My closest MS Store is about a 20-min. ride from work. Going in late that day.

I would prefer a Venue 11 Pro or the eventual Thinkpad Tablet, but for the price this is a good stop gap.

I think it'll be too tough to be one of the lucky few for me to skip out on work for this. Crap.

Come on Microsoft. Open a store in the UK. Offers like this would make a killing at the this time of year. Uni students would lap up that deal. Make this stuff more global and Apple and Google would have no chance.

I wonder how out the many people that will go in at work late might be reprimanded or even be terminated (if they are already on their boss' naughty list). Is it worth the $100 savings?

I read in another article the first 20 will be $99, the next 10 available will be $199, and after that the price returns to normal.

Micrsoft, how about opening a store in Ottawa, you know, the capital of CANADA. seriously, there arent any stores near me, this blows, and the twitter team says deals will also be online but i highly doubt itll be the same discount :(

Microsoft Store ‏@MicrosoftStore 

@******* Hey there! The deals will be available online as well. Stay tuned for more information! :)

Just got one for $199 at Tyson's Corner store. Guy who was one of the first 20 was there since 3:00AM!

That was FAST online... by the time I refreshed the page at 10:00:02 they were alrady at the $199 point.

Sold out in under 4 minutes. I was on the phone with a support representative because of Microsoft store issues trying to get one.

I was lucky enough to get it at the $199 price at the MSFT store in Arlington, VA ... The $99 price point was gone and I made it to the line around 8:30am...

Meanwhile in the adult world, some of us have flexible hours, others are their own bosses, and some have the day off anyway.

Waiting jn line at the San Diego store. Just hoping they still have some at $199. Got here about 2 hours and 15 minutes before store opening and I am probably 35-50 in line. Not holding my breath.