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Microsoft Puts Surface in Reach with New Financing Options

Microsoft Puts Surface in Reach with New Financing Options

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new financing and management program that could make it easier for businesses of all sizes to deploy Surface devices. If businesses choose the 24-month term, they can upgrade their devices after 12 months. And customers can add the Microsoft Complete extended service plan to their monthly plan if they wish, too.

Small and medium sized businesses, meanwhile, can enjoy Surface Plus for Business. Corporate customers using the plan can buy Surface devices for employees and pay in 18, 24, or 30-month installments.

Dedicated Service & Support: Surface Plus offers best in class service and support from Microsoft Stores. Or, if a Microsoft Store is not nearby, you also can enroll online starting at 9:00 AM PT today.

Microsoft Store benefits: All customers who shop at Microsoft Store enjoy access to benefits like a 30-day hassle free return policy, a Surface training and health check as well as a year of free in-store support and technical assistance.

In terms of cost structure, devices can be financed over an 18, 24, or 30 month period.

Microsoft's new Surface Plus program takes a page from the wireless carriers' playbook: it allows consumers to get a Surface Laptop, Surface Pro (2017), Surface Book, or Surface Studio with interest-free payments spread over two years. Unfortunately, there is now no information on how the trade-in process works when you're ready to upgrade or if you will receive a purchase credit for the old device. For an extra $US8.25 per device per month, Surface Plus business buyers will also get the Office 365 suite. Businesses can also expand or reduce their device fleet mid-term.

In the education space, Microsoft's Surface devices face tough competition from Google's (goog) Chromebook barebones laptops, which account for over half of the 12.6 million PCs shipped to USA schools in 2016, according to a report by GeekWire.

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