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Microsoft finally realizes keyboards are essential to the Surface, gives them away for free

Published May 31st, 2013 3:10PM EDT
Microsoft Surface RT Free Keyboard

It’s taken a while but Microsoft has finally realized that it’s futile to charge customers an extra $100 just so they can use a keyboard with their Surface tablets… for a limited time at least. CNET notes that Microsoft has started promoting a limited-time offer where users who buy a Surface starting on May 31st will get either the Touch Cover or the Type Cover click-in keyboard for free. We have no idea how long this offer will last but it wouldn’t surprise us to see it extended for a long period of time if it helps boost sales. As we said last year, Microsoft’s decision to charge an extra $100 for a keyboard was rather puzzling since the keyboard was billed as an essential part of the tablet and key differentiator from Apple’s iPad.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.