Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Microsoft's New Program Lets Customers Upgrade Their Surface Tablets, Laptops

Microsoft's New Program Lets Customers Upgrade Their Surface Tablets, Laptops

Based on the consumer Surface Plus programme, the business variant allows for more flexibility - including 18, 24, or 30-month financing terms and a reduction to 12 months for upgrade eligibility on the 18-month contract - and has no interest applicable.

The Microsoft Surface Plus program, which was announced through an official Windows blog post, offers flexible financing options that will enable the Surface experience for more people and businesses.

Microsoft this week unveiled two leasing programs for its various Surface devices - one for students and one for SMBs - that both have plenty of fine print to consider.

Microsoft has rolled out Surface Plus, a program that will make it easier for customers to own Surface devices and upgrade them regularly. The main thing is the hardware you're intending to swap must be in "good condition".

Additionally, Microsoft's Surface Hub digital whiteboard, which costs $9,000, is available to corporate customers via monthly installments, which was previously unavailable.

All customers on this program will have the option to add the Microsoft Complete extended service plan. Under the Surface Plus plan, the ability to get the Microsoft Complete warrantee protection is an additional cost option. The Surface Laptop launched two weeks before the quarter ended, minimizing the impact on the company's quarterly results.

The Surface Plus plan also includes dedicated service and support, and a free year of in-store support and technical assistance.

To get a Surface device under this plan, you'll have to apply online at the Microsoft.com site or through one of the physical Microsoft Stores.

In May, a few weeks after unveiling its new Surface Laptop, Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro tablet - the successor to its Surface Pro 4, which it released in 2015. You get 0% April if you pay for the laptop or PC in 24 months, and 19.99% after that.

Microsoft is advertising the Surface Plus program as the ideal solution for students. If businesses choose the 30-month period, they can upgrade after 18 months.

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