Surface RT At Giveaway Prices

Just a few days after I suggested that Intel's Atom chipset heralded the death of Windows RT comes the news that Microsoft is offloading its Surface RT to educational establishments in the US. 

Having already all but given them away to conference attendees, the new offer slashes 60% off the RRP for education departments. 

That means an RT for $199, and if you want a keyboard cover that runs up to $249 or $289 depending on which you want to add. 

Sure education departments get big discounts, but not usually this big. It's not available directly to students, unfortunately. Which is a shame, because its one area where the RT/Office bundle would work very well. 

This sounds very much like Microsoft starting the end of life cycle for RT, less than a year after launch.