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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, probably. Allow me to larn’ you real good.
Out today in the Microsoft-focused corner of the digital media is a note that a retailer in Germany has priced the Surface Pro – the coming tablet from Microsoft that will run the full build of Windows 8, and not its RT edition – at 909 Euros.
In dollars, for fun, that is a total of $1162. Cue the outrage? Cue the pain? Cue the drama? No. Sit down.
Let’s rewind back to late July, in which time a rumor was out that had early Surface partisans in a fit: “$1,000 for the cheapest Surface? This latest rumor has Microsoft fanboys feeling downcast.” Yeah, that rumor? False. By 100%, in fact, as you can grab a Surface RT for exactly half that price.
The source of that rumor? A Swedish website that priced each Surface unit on its website. Just like, well, today’s news.
What happened to that specific, rumor? As TNW later reported:
As it turns out, the figures were guesses, the website now claims. In a statement to friend of TNW Paul Paliath, reported on Techie-Buzz, the store, Webhallen, clears the air:
“Our customers are very interested in pre-ordering these products, so we have set a high preliminary pricing for the lineup so that they may be able to pre-order them.”
Yeah, they had nothing, and admitted it. And yet it caused a media stir. So, in regards today’s news, don’t bother with it.
It could be correct, but we can’t tell, and as we don’t know a damn thing, spend no brain cycles worrying, or celebrating, about the figure.
Top Image Credit: Luz Bratcher
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