by Shane O'Neill

Windows 8 Devices on Sale at Microsoft Store Site

Apr 03, 20132 mins
Computers and PeripheralsLaptopsMobile

Take advantage of Microsoft's post-PC era panic at the Microsoft Store Web site. Windows 8 tablets and convertible devices are seeing price cuts as high as $350.

It’s a Windows 8 fire sale! Well, not quite. But prices for Windows tablets and convertibles at the Microsoft Store Web site are dropping left and right.

Microsoft may just be trying to push some stalled hardware from Asus, Samsung, HP and Toshiba out the door by giving shoppers a deal. Or could this be a sign of bigger trouble ahead? After all, PC sales are predicted to drop this year by 1.3 percent after a decline of 3.7 percent in 2012, according to research firm IDC.

Windows 8

Microsoft and its hardware partners are up against a wall with increasing iPad and Android tablet popularity. Another threat is that people will run their Windows 7 laptops into the ground before making the leap to the very different Windows 8 OS. You think Windows XP lasted a long time — just wait till you see how long Windows 7 lasts.

However, enough people are in limbo: Windows users with an XP or Vista laptop that’s on life support. They want a new ultrabook/laptop and not an iPad. They can’t afford a MacBook or would just rather use Windows. These people are probably on the older side, but they are out there.

If you are in this group, and are up for bit of a learning curve with the tile-based Windows 8 user interface, here are three of the best deals highlighted on the Microsoft Store site.

Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook

Screen size: 12.5-inch touchscreen

Hard drive size: 128 GB solid-state drive (SSD)

Core i5 Intel chip

Weight: 3.35 pounds

Cut from $1,149 to $799

HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen

Screen size: 11.6-inch touchscreen

Hard drive size: 64 GB SSD

Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip

Weight: 3.11 pounds

Cut from $849 to $599

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet

Screen size: 11.6-inch touchscreen

Hard drive size: 128 GB SSD

Core i5 Intel chip

Weight: 1.89 pounds

Cut from $1,199 to $999

There are currently no price cuts for the Microsoft Surface Pro ($999 for 128GB, $899 for 64GB) or the Surface RT ($499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB) on the Microsoft Store site.