Microsoft Sweetens ‘Buy a New PC’ Deal for Windows XP Users with $100 Savings – PC Magazine
3/24 Update: Microsoft has contacted us to clarify that any PC priced at $599 or more will be eligible for the $100 discount.
Well, if the stick doesn’t work, try the carrot. At least, that seems to be Microsoft’s latest inspiration for getting the many, many users still clinging to Windows XP with 17 days to go before the operating system reaches end-of-life status to switch on over to a new operating system.
Or, in this case, a new computer.
Microsoft’s latest promotion has the company dishing out a $100 on-the-spot discount for those looking to purchase a new PC or Windows Surface device priced at $599 or more. As always, there are a few catches with the promotion.
First off, you have to actually be browsing Microsoft’s store using a computer that’s running Windows XP in order to see the offer. Or, you can physically lug in a Windows XP device to a Microsoft Store, and they’ll give you the $100 savings. (Here’s hoping your ancient desktop computer is a wee small.)
According to Microsoft, the deal includes all PCs over $599, which is “a large selection on MicrosoftStore.com.” The offer automatically pops up on the screens of those still using Windows XP (see screenshot below).
Microsoft is also offering “free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days” as part of the promotion. It will also provide free access to the Laplink data migration service to get your files from your legacy XP machine to your new system (assuming you didn’t just leave it at said Microsoft Store when lugging it in for the deal). However, as The Next Web noted, that’s not really all that much of an offer.
“Three months of free support is already offered with most Microsoft Store purchases, though it’s nice to know it covers both phone and chat options. The free data transfer option meanwhile is available to everyone, thanks to a Microsoft partnership with Laplink,” the blog said.
Still, we can’t blame Microsoft for trying. Perhaps as the days get closer to Windows XP’s last hurrah, Microsoft will start sweetening its discounts even more it did just throw up its initial $50 incentive one week ago, and now we’re already double that.
For more, see PCMag’s review of Microsoft Windows 8.1 and the slideshow above.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated Monday with details from Microsoft about eligible PCs.