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Microsoft teases $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro with its most seductive ad of the year

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Yesterday we told you gents and ladies about what’s probably going to be the deal of the year. This Monday, you can pick up the Dell Venue 8 Pro for just $99 from the Microsoft Store. That deal is good for the first 20 folks in physical Microsoft Stores in the United States or Canada. After that, the price goes up to $199. To celebrate, Microsoft has produced one of their most seductive ads yet. Turn down the lights, turn up the music, light some candles and watch it.

Microsoft’s “12 Days of Deals” promotion kicks off this Monday. You’re ready right? We’re ready, at least our bodies are after watching that.

The Dell Venue 8 Pro is by far one of our favorite 8-inch tablets running Windows 8.1. According to our poll from earlier, it’s your favorite too! Don’t forget to look at our hands-on and first impression from the device.

Source: YouTube, Via: GeekWire



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cpdjoe77 says:

First 20 in line, meaning hopefully, that u can only buy one and not be greedy?

Coan says:

correct, fine print states only one per customer.

sj55555 says:

On the off-chance that they're not completely sold out before the hour is over, I'm wondering if they'd let you purchase more than one provided that you use a different credit card each time.

onysi says:

youre forgetting that people will bring in their friends and family members for this shit.  One Per blood line please.

Talbot690 says:

I like that "one per blood line" if I ever run a multi billion dollar corporation and that corporation is having a killer sale, the fine print shall read one per blood line, any caught "bending the rules" will be punished in the most severe ways possible. (I will have some shady back room deal with whichever government needed to make "severe" even worst).

marmau says:

I'm wondering how early ill have to be there. I figure an hour should do it, maybe less. I'll need to get one to show to my boss if im gonna waltz on into work late Monday. I think it might hold up as an excuse as long as I have one.

tofu. says:

an hour? HA!


good luck with that one.


this was advertised on slickdeals ;)

jaimeastin says:

The Slickdeals Effect is bad new, lol! I wish I did just buy a nexus which is now a day late to return... The 8 is awesome. I bought a venue pro 11 and Xbox from the MS store tonight... The Xbox bundle was nit planned...

TheIsaacG says:

Who wants to trade one for an iPad mini? ;)

compassstl says:

Why would someone trade to a giant ipod for one of the best sub-$500 (and, in some ways, sub-$1K) tablets out there? Or do you mean you made the mistake of getting a giant ipod and want to get the excellent Windows tablet instead?

TheIsaacG says:

Well the iPad was a gift, people I know don't believe in windows, their stuck on apple

blackprince says:

worst gift ever.

4look4rd says:

If you live near Washington DC I will gladly trade a Dell Venue Pro for a retina iPad.

Dare2Blink says:

Why don´t you do a trade in at a Microsoft store? otherwise just sell it on ebay

pyrosol08 says:

wait ? can you actually do this ? they have trade-ins ?

lizaoreo says:

Yeah, Microsoft has a trade-in program for iPad 2 and up.  Assuming it's still active, but they started it not long ago so I don't see it ending yet?

sasukeluffy says:

Damn dude, the iPad mini is a nifty machine. It may not be a workhorse, but it's very fun to use and has lots of stuff to do. It has so many apps and games that Dell will be left in shame. It's a fun 8" tablet and Venue Pro 8 is on the other hand a workhorse but not so fun. I know cause I have a iPad mini which I bought myself, and I use W8 in my computer.

Gonna pick up Surface 2 or Pro 2 this summer for studies though, I do believe in Windows (WP8, W8, Xbox) but for 8" tablets, iPad mini was my choice.

Seriously... Haven't you discovered Halo yet?

Xaphoon148 says:

A gift? An iPad? Oh, I would've been so insulted if anyone in my family gave me something like that... :D

Z10YkakPES says:

That's why you don't get presents haha jk

inknzvl says:

Give your ipad mini a try, you will like it at the end. the only problem you will find is compatibility apps across ios/windows. But then you will wish developers to build for windows (im talking mobile). 

starski5000 says:

One per at the start.

S_C_B says:

The video link isn't working for me in the app.

JaiMento says:

There's 2 links. Tap the first one.

LordLugard says:

Sssssshhhhhh OMG already !!! Stop talking about this !!! I'm already debating my chances for Monday.... stop spreading this good deal... More chances for me !!

ziggygod says:

Lol! My thoughts exactly.

onysi says:

yea this ad is pretty much telling me to get up and get over there at 5 in the morning.  what time do they open?

procen says:

Microsoft Store open at 9:00 am

RafRol says:

10:00 AM in my area.

tribexx says:

12pm in Oakbrook, IL.... /s

They jacked Candy Crush Saga? lol

Duduosf says:

Now that you mentioned it...

Hoekie says:

You can play Candy Crush on the facebook need for an app.

ziggygod says:

Hopefully getting there by 9am to my MS store guarantees me one. Would love to have one.

sherwin892 says:

Can you price match within the first hour? Hhmmm

bankrober0 says:


ryangadz says:

What?! Where is my key?? When can you download it?

bankrober0 says:

They say that the first wide key sendoff will be in about a week or 2. Right now I'm 1 of like 250 who have a key

sumothong01 says:

Hey Microsoft how about opening a store in Nashville.

Twice Born says:

Yes, a Nashville store would be nice. Is the kiosk gone from Green Hills?

If theres not a store near you, first 100 orders is at the $99 price online, according to the verge

louisoneal says:

This is an unreal deal

Micah Dawson says:

Lol that voice is so creepy

dertdog says:

Bought one on black Friday, love the full windows exp on a small device. Must have device!!

QilleRz says:

Hahaha. I like this ad

awneze says:

Do I have to camp outside my local Micrsoft store? 

Neo Nuke says:

Can't wait to scoop one up

awneze says:

I have to figure the entrance to the mall that's closest to the Microsoft Store. I will go on recon on Sunday, scope the place, draw maps and possible routes.

That Dell is Mine!! queue evil laugh

thinkdan says:

I've got one better for you... Hide in one of the mall's restrooms overnight.

lesd777 says:

Need a store in Fayetteville AR

forzahog says:

I completely agree! Plus there's too much snow to drive to Tulsa for one.

I knew this was a damn lie, a full windows 8 tablet and not the it's only about 1520 tablets for all the stores with 1000 morons per store in line, and I'm suppose to wait like them in line like an idiot. There is always an explanation and Microsoft is always bad at it!!!

Kreblon says:

What are you blabbering about?

Clavitox says:

That he's mad that he probably won't get one

MikeSo says:

Wondering the same thing...

ziggygod says:

Anyone want to combine forces to make sure we are one of the lucky 20? Ill be at the Dadeland Mall, MS store.

WPQwester says:

Hey Ziggygod, I am so down. I need to grab me one myself. I live in Ft. Lauderdale but I have to drive all the way to Dadeland mall. Believe I will be up bright and early to get me one. It was either Dadeland mall or Aventura Mall speciality store. I just don't know if Aventura Mall speciality store will have any??

ziggygod says:

According to this thread and the other thread of the Dell Venue 8 Pro specialty stores will do the promotions. But if not email me ill keep you posted about the Dadeland Store. I should be there by 8:30-9am.

WPQwester says:

O.k sounds cool Ziggygod, My email address is Still undecided about Aventura or Dadeland!!

aceoforder says:

Does this include the specialty stores, as well as the full retail stores?

joanzen says:

I called the Specialty Store number (855-270-6581) two times and was assured that the deals apply at those stores.

Jess82#WP says:

Does it support a keyboard attachment ?

Was that shrimp inside that jello?

Be careful jello not included. lol

blackprince says:

On second day of deals, Microsoft gave to us.....? A $200 Xbox One, 2 for 1 Lumia 1520's, Xbox live gold for half off, Surface Pro 2 with free type cover.

tallgeese says:

You too ;-)

erzhik says:

Xbox Live Gold was half off on cyber Monday.

Well I hope one of those days they'll have a good touch screen laptop/tablet/foldup for around $600 that runs W8.1

mwright53 says:

As opposed to Fire, Nexus or Air?

nbolmer says:

Cool device, but "Venue" is an incredibly dumb name for a tablet.

Noahma says:

I really want one.  I had read somewhere that online they would be marked to 199 that day. Anyone else have any info on this possibility?

erzhik says:

That's true, they will be available online for $199. If you want it for $99, better get to a physical store.

Noahma says:

I don't want to risk my life lol both Microsoft stores are deep in the middle of two malls.  It will be like running the gauntlet. I am willing to pay 199 to have it shipped to me lol


Thanks for confirming that then. I will be waiting at 11:59 to order :)

tallgeese says:

The deal is on Monday, a workday. I plan on being one of the first 20. I wonder how early I need to be there?

My closest MS Store is about a 20-min. ride from work. Going in late that day.

Bacchus1976 says:

I would prefer a Venue 11 Pro or the eventual Thinkpad Tablet, but for the price this is a good stop gap.

I think it'll be too tough to be one of the lucky few for me to skip out on work for this. Crap.

ahmedjan87 says:

Snes 8x and vgbc 8 and vba 8 have been re-released with a new developer

DreadVenom says:

Come on Microsoft. Open a store in the UK. Offers like this would make a killing at the this time of year. Uni students would lap up that deal. Make this stuff more global and Apple and Google would have no chance.

armandolara says:

Goddamn it! My closest MS Store is 3 hours away and Monday I have 3 finals! Life couldn't be crueler..

Wevenhuis says:

hahaha, this add actually makes sense to me!

SACRIFICE_84 says:

Not a single 8 inch windows tab available in india.We deserve better than bigger IPOD...

ejlee072006 says:

This is looking more like #WINDOWSPHONE 8.1

betahydri says:

Already ordered one in Germany for 249€. The Stylus comes extra for 29€...

Janak Patel says:

I wonder how out the many people that will go in at work late might be reprimanded or even be terminated (if they are already on their boss' naughty list). Is it worth the $100 savings?

mjrtoo says:

200 dollar savings...

TrustySnooze says:

Are we assuming it's the 32GB version?

gevabar says:

20 is nothing the employees will sell it to there friends that the tell to come there

bsd107 says:

Agreed - the chances of getting one of these is near Zero...

I just wish they made that deal available online. I live a million miles from a Microsoft store...

retyler says:

I read in another article the first 20 will be $99, the next 10 available will be $199, and after that the price returns to normal.

smoledman says:

For every positive MS ad there are 3 negative ones. Who is running their marketing department?

wtf808 says:

20.. Sheesh.. Should be like 1st 50 or 100.. Jeez.

redbluff says:

Retyler is correct. Read the fine print. The next 10 units after the 20 are $199.

Iain_S says:

they are also on sale at bestbuy and futureshop in Canada for $249 until dec 12th.

Elvis7 says:

Micrsoft, how about opening a store in Ottawa, you know, the capital of CANADA. seriously, there arent any stores near me, this blows, and the twitter team says deals will also be online but i highly doubt itll be the same discount :(

Microsoft Store ‏@MicrosoftStore 

@******* Hey there! The deals will be available online as well. Stay tuned for more information! :)

diplomat696 says:

Just missed out on being in the top 20 at woodfield mall, Il :(

wpjoe says:

Just got one for $199 at Tyson's Corner store. Guy who was one of the first 20 was there since 3:00AM!

hysonmb says:

That was FAST online... by the time I refreshed the page at 10:00:02 they were alrady at the $199 point.

myrandex says:

Sold out in under 4 minutes. I was on the phone with a support representative because of Microsoft store issues trying to get one.

Len2K620 says:

I was lucky enough to get it at the $199 price at the MSFT store in Arlington, VA ... The $99 price point was gone and I made it to the line around 8:30am...

Aye_Kye says:

Meanwhile in adult world, there are those that work and cannot afford to miss.

4look4rd says:

Meanwhile in the adult world, some of us have flexible hours, others are their own bosses, and some have the day off anyway.

spectre51 says:

Waiting jn line at the San Diego store. Just hoping they still have some at $199. Got here about 2 hours and 15 minutes before store opening and I am probably 35-50 in line. Not holding my breath.

Janak Patel says:

Its good to be my own boss and scoring the tab...and I was up at 6:40am