Happy Memorial Day to our friends in the United States! While it is a day when American pay respects to the men and women who gave up their lives during their service in the military, this day also brings some good news for Microsoft users who have been looking to make a purchase at a good deal, and a good deal it is you will find on the Microsoft Store.

For the original Surface with 64GB, you can save $200 if you buy one today. The normal price of the Surface is $499, but with the Memorial Day Sale, it’s not only $249. If you want a black Touch Cover to come with it, you’ll have to add a little but and pay $279. Still an awesome deal if you think about it.

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In case you need a refresh, the Surface’s specs:

  • It comes with Windows RT, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT 2.
  • 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Casing: VaporMg
  • Color: Dark Titanium
  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Screen: 10.6 inch
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen)
  • Touch: 5-point multi-touch
  • Durable display

The Surface is supposed to last up to 8 hours with “mixed” activity, meaning all those things you do on your tablet put all together. Idle time, on the other hand, is supposed to last from 7-15 hours.

It has two 720p HD cameras, one in the front and the other in the rear.

What you’ll get in the box:

  • Surface with Windows RT
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT 2, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
  • 24W power supply
  • Quickstart guide
  • Safety and warranty documents

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the original Surface is only about half of its normal price. With the Surface Pro 3 having been announced, it is not unlikely that Microsoft will phase out the original device in the line in the near future. With this massive discount, they are probably getting rid of all the remaining stock.

Even though you may be waiting for the latest Surface to come out, this Memorial Day Sale for the original Surface is something to consider, especially as a gift for someone who has needs a basic tablet.

Check out the Memorial Day Sale here.

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