Microsoft has officially begun kicking off the holiday season today, by extending the company’s first official Black Friday sale on tablets. While Black Friday may seem a ways off to some, the companies within the tech industry are wasting no time getting their feet wet in the savings party. The company is offering the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition for just $99.
The tablet totes Windows 8.1 and has a 7-inch display with an 800×1280 resolution. The HP Stream is powered by an quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and a 32 GB SSD. For some though, this will not seem like that great a deal as Amazon, and similar third-party sites have already begun offering the device at that list price – which makes it less-than-exclusive to Microsoft.
However, this is just another move that proves Microsoft’s willingness to make moves this holiday season to boost sales. Instead of waiting until the last minute to make modest sales adjustments the company is taking the early approach and offering up suites of products to drive their bottom line – in addition to simple price cuts.
This version of the HP Stream 7 will also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365. Additionally, Microsoft will be offering this device in the ‘Signature Edition’ which indicates that the device will not come preloaded with any software that is side loaded onto the device. This is good news for people who find the extra software that gets loaded onto devices like this to be cumbersome or annoying.
It is unclear right now how long these sales will last, and if the company will be adding more into the mix as Black Friday grows closer. Microsoft though, has already made it clear that affordable pricing is something they’re focusing on with their key brands, like Xbox 360, Dell laptops, and select Lumia devices, in addition to the Stream 7.
As for the exact time at which these sales will start officially for customers to take advantage of, that is only known on a limited basis. The flier that made its way around the internet today would indicate that all devices and brands within the Microsoft family have their own start dates and times.