Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Pricing, But Weak Battery Life Still Clouds Sales …

Microsoft, after slashing the price of its Surface RT tablet last month, is lopping $100 off its pricing for the 64- and 128-GB Surface Pro tablets, in a promotion that runs through Aug. 30.

After the price cut, Microsoft is selling the 64-GB Surface Pro for $799 and the 128-GB model for $899.

While the price cut could help, the bigger issue with Surface Pro is its weak battery life, which makes it a non-starter for business users, one Microsoft partner told CRN.

“Surface Pro does everything users need from a touchscreen perspective, and it’s got a [microSD] card slot for huge files. But until they improve the battery life, I don’t see it catching on with businesses,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

[Related: Partners: Surface Pro’s 4-Hour Battery Life Is A Deal Breaker]

Surface Pro, which comes with an Intel i5 chip and runs full-blown Windows 8, was

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