The folks at Microsoft have been trying for a long time now to get users to move up to the world of Windows 8, and so far with only limited success.
They’ve tried everything from bragging about the new OS in cheesy commercials to “forcing” Windows XP users onto something new by detailing plans to stop supporting XP early next month. But so far they’re having a hard time overcoming the public’s obvious dislike for the new Windows.
Well, now they have taken their Windows 8 campaign a step further by resorting to, well…good old fashioned bribery.
Yep, it’s true. The guys and gals in Redmond have just announced that Windows XP users are now eligible to receive a $100 credit towards the purchase of a new PCs or tablet that runs Windows 8/8.1. This basically amounts to giving you Windows 8 for free when you buy the hardware, but there are a few caveats:
1 – The $100 credit only applies to a small selection of computers and tablets.
2 – The offer is only good for machines costing $599 or more.
3 – The computer or tablet must be purchased directly from Microsoft, either at a local Microsoft retail outlet or from one of their online stores.
4 – The offer is good for the purchase of just one device.
5 – The purchase MUST be made using a computer running Windows XP. If you decide to buy from a local Microsoft retailer instead of online, you’ll have to take your Windows XP machine to the store with you. And nope, I’m not kidding.
This might be a good offer to consider if you plan to purchase one of the “eligible” devices anyway, but I recommend shopping around before you decide to buy directly from Microsoft. Chances are you can get a better deal elsewhere, even after factoring in the $100 discount.
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