Microsoft might be about to release cheaper Surface tablets, but it’s not because of the iPad

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According to a report from Bloomberg‘s ever-reputable Mark Gurman, Microsoft is planning to release new low-cost Surface tablets in the second half of this year. The new devices will cost as little as $400, and be paired with a cheaper keyboard cover to make a practical laptop alternative that comes in at around $500.

Bloomberg says that the reason this is happening is because earlier this year, Apple released a new lower-cost iPad with an emphasis on education. I think the target market of students and schools is correct, but some perceived threat from iPads isn’t the reason that Microsoft is launching a cheaper device: It’s all about Chromebooks.

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