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Microsoft Looks to Woo Shoppers With $199 Tablet, 12 Days of Deals

Aiming to attract more shoppers to its stores — and to Windows — Microsoft is planning 12 days of deals, kicking off Monday with a $199 tablet for sale at its retail and online stores.

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The company will sell Dell’s Venue 8 Pro — an 8-inch Windows tablet — for $199, with the first 20 visitors to each store getting it for just $99. The quad-core, Intel-based tablet, which normally sells for $299, includes the full version of Windows 8.1 and comes bundled with Office Home and Student.

Other deals will follow each day, with Tuesday’s offer being the Garmin Forerunner 110 Fitness watch plus a $25 gift card for $129.99.

A teaser page went live on Friday at Microsoft’s online store.


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