Microsoft starts Black Friday early with $99 bloatware-free tablet deal

— 9:28 AM on November 10, 2014

Black Friday isn't for another two-and-a-half weeks, but don't tell that to Microsoft. The company has primed a series of discounts on the Microsoft Store website. The first in that series: HP's Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet, which is available for $99 with free shipping (and a one-year Office 365 Personal subscription).

$99.99 is the launch price HP quoted for the regular Stream 7 when that device was announced in September. However, Microsoft is selling a special Signature Edition version that's apparently bloatware-free:

Exclusive to Microsoft Store, the Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet is fine-tuned for fast performance from the second you turn it on. It comes protected with premium, free anti-virus software that never expires. And best of all, it comes without any annoying junkware or trialware, giving you peace of mind that your tablet will always be clean, fast, and protected.

This tablet otherwise has the same specs as its non-Signature cousin: a 7" 1280x800 display, a quad-core Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor, 1GB of DDR3L memory, 32GB of eMMC storage, and a battery rated for eight hours of run time. There's a couple of cameras built in (0.3 megapixels at the front, two megapixels at the back), and HP has even included a microSD slot.

All told, the Stream 7 is 0.39" thick and weighs 0.78 lbs. That's a little thicker and heavier than the Nexus 7 2013, which is 0.34" and 0.64 lbs—although, of course, we are talking something awfully close to a full-featured Windows system here.

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