Microsoft’s Surface Pro is turning five years old this month, and the software giant is celebrating the anniversary with a $200 discount offer. Much like Microsoft’s Cyber Monday discounts, the company is taking $200 off the price of the latest Surface Pro Core i5 models. A Surface Pro with a Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage will be available for $799, while a 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model will be priced at $1,099. Both of these offers are temporary, and only available over this President’s Day weekend (February 17th to 19th).
Surface chief Panos Panay has also marked the anniversary of Surface Pro with a video of the team looking back at how Microsoft’s tablet / laptop hybrid has changed over the years. Microsoft started with a two pound tablet for the original Surface Pro, with a 10.6-inch display and a single angle for the kickstand. The original device was too heavy as a tablet, and too small as a laptop that didn’t work very well on the lap.
While Microsoft created a follow-up Surface Pro 2 that addressed some issues, the Surface Pro 3 was much thinner, lighter, and had a bigger display with an improved aspect ratio for both laptop and tablet modes. It also included the same kickstand that’s still in use today on the latest Surface Pro, allowing you to adjust the angle freely like a laptop. It’s surprising to see how different the original Surface Pro is to today’s model in just five years.
Surface Pro is still the most popular of all Microsoft’s Surface devices, and the company has not introduced any cheaper models of it recently. Microsoft introduced cheaper Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2 models recently, hoping to generate some more interest in these particular devices and boost the company’s Surface revenue.