If you have a Surface RT or Surface Pro and were thinking of picking up one of the colorful Touch Covers, you may want to hold off for eight more days. It has been revealed to Windows Phone Central that Microsoft is planning to drop the price on the accessory from the regular $119 to a more reasonable $79.99.
The new price will be permanent.
The Touch Cover was one of two keyboard accessories that launched with the Surface RT late last year, the other being the more robust Type Cover with mechanical keys. There is no evidence to suggest the Type Cover will receive a similar discount but we’re waiting on more information to see if that changes.
All colors variations of the Touch Cover, including red, cyan, white, black and magenta, will take part in the reduction.
The news of the price drop comes on the heels of the Surface RT being reduced to $349 (from $499) and the Surface Pro by $100, resulting in a $799-$899 price tag depending on configuration (through August 29th). The recent price moves by Microsoft appear to be motivated by lower than expected sales of the Surface and to take advantage of the “back to school” season.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.