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

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Surface Plus for Business will also let customers access financing on a 55-inch Surface Hub and other laptops and tablets in the portfolio. Now, Microsoft has made the full range of new Surface Pen colors available for preorder, including Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Black options (via MSPU).

With Surface Plus, you can pay off your device in monthly installments with zero percent interest for two years (and a 19.99 percent annual percentage rate after 24 months). If you go with the least-capable Surface Pro 2017, you end up with an m3 processor, 4 GB, 128 GB storage, built-in graphics and a Standard one-year limited warranty - for $799, or $33 per month.

"Whether it's a Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book or Surface Studio - Surface Plus provides a simple, no-hassle plan to help students unlock their productivity and be more creative with Surface". Buyers are also given the option of adding a Microsoft Complete extended service plan that allows them to get service and support within physical Microsoft Stores, not unlike what Apple does with its genius bar.

The Surface device presented for upgrade under Surface Plus plan should be in a good condition, pretty much what every exchange offer demands. The Surface Pro costs $800 while the Surface Book costs $1,350, for example.

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

As long as you keep your payments in on time and want to upgrade, you'll be paying off approximately 75 percent of the device before turning it in for the next one.

Device Protection: Surface Plus for Business offers peace of mind with the Microsoft Complete for Business extended service plan with accidental damage protection.

Those who finance under this program are given the option of upgrading their device after 18 months have passed, just like with a smartphone. For now, Microsoft has not given any clarity on the discount that buyers will get upon exchanging the old Surface for the new one; the information should be on its way.