Windows Surface Tablet May Debut at $199 on October 26th
A supposed "inside source" tipped the fact that Microsoft held a strategic session at the company's recent TechReady 15 conference to hammer out details of the Surface tablet's launch. It was there that Microsoft finalized plans to launch Surface at the $199 price point, at which point the company would probably be taking a loss on each tablet sold.
It's an intriguing proposition, even if ultimately unlikely. Some analysts believe Microsoft is much more likely to launch Surface starting at around $599, but if the company can somehow lower the price to $199, it would put the Surface in direct competition with 7-inch devices from Google (Nexus 7) and Amazon (Kindle Fire), not to mention severely undercutting Apple's iPad tablet. By that same token, it would give Windows 8/RT a serious shot in the arm right from the get-go.
Of course, such a move would likely spark outrage among Microsoft's hardware partners, who aren't real keen on the idea of competing directly with Microsoft in the first place.