Last week, Microsoft held up a carrot on a stick with a $50 gift card to customers who buy a device from a selection. It seems like the stunt didn’t really work as expected, though, as before the week ended, Microsoft doubled the incentive. Now, people who purchase select Windows 8 PCs can avail of a $100 discount on the new device, provided they show their existing Windows XP PC.
There’s no doubt it now: Microsoft is not pulling any punches in attempting to wean Windows XP users from their beloved operating system.
Aside from the condition that you must actually show your PC running on Windows XP, there are a couple more things that you have to meet to avail of the $100 discount.
One, the list of select PCs can only be seen in-store. So, you have to physically visit a store and lug along your computer.
Two, the new PCs that are included in the deal must cost at least $599.
The promo runs for three months, so you have enough time to psych yourself up to say goodbye to your good old computer running on Windows XP.
The Next Web also gives us the fine print, which you should peruse if you’re interested – just to avoid disappointment down the road, you know.
Valid March 20, 2014 until June 15, 2014, or while supplies last. Available in select Microsoft retail and online stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Offer applies to customers who make online purchase(s) with a qualifying Windows XP device, or customer who present a qualifying Windows XP device during purchase(s) in-store only. Offer valid on select PC or Surface devices priced $599 or more. Excludes Surface 2 and some PCs.
Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. Not combinable with other offers. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time.Limit 1 per device.
If you’re using an old computer, you might as well give up now while you have the chance to save a hundred bucks, don’t you think?