Need A Laptop Upgrade? Microsoft's New Subscription Plan Is An Attractive Option

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"Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business are flexible financing options created to help more people and businesses take advantage of the power of Surface".

Surface Plus programs launch today in the U.S. and on the Microsoft website.

Microsoft this week unveiled two leasing programs for its various Surface devices - one for students and one for SMBs - that both have plenty of fine print to consider.

Once you upgrade to a new Surface device, your 24-month payment plan resets. Businesses can choose flexible 18, 24 or 30 month periods, with the ability to upgrade devices after just 12 months on the 18-month term (or after 18 months on the 24-month term). The main thing is the hardware you're intending to swap must be in "good condition".

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Surface Plus for Business likewise helps small and medium-sized businesses add multiple devices of different types to a single agreement, including even the 55-inch Surface Hub. You get 0% April if you pay for the laptop or PC in 24 months, and 19.99% after that.

Microsoft's new subscription program, called Surface Plus, will be available starting later today through the Microsoft Store in person and online. On the, uh, surface, the Surface Plus plan for individuals looks quite inviting: A new Surface Pro 2017, for example, only costs $34 per month for 24 months; Surface Laptops run $42 per month, and Surface Books $63 per month. 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. It covers the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book, and Surface Studio. As an added benefit, Surface Plus will also get you a 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy on your Surface, as well as a year of free in-store technical support.

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 more information about Microsoft's full suite of offerings and deals for students and teachers, check out this blog post.

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