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[Neowin] Microsoft Store now offers $100 off new PCs for trading in a Windows XP machine

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Today, Microsoft revealed that people who either buy a new PC online from a Windows XP machine or trade in their old XP rig physically to a Microsoft Store retail location will get $100 off a new Windows 8.1 computer priced at $599 or higher. Yes, that means no awkward $50 gift card anymore; customers will simply save some money with this revised offer.

This change still includes 90 days of free phone, chat and sales support for the new PC from Microsoft. The online offer still has a link to the previously announced free file transfer tool to move any Windows XP content off the old computer to a new Windows 8.1 product. This new savings deal will end on June 15th, but keep in mind that Windows XP support officially ends on April 8th.
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Today, Microsoft revealed that people who either buy a new PC online from a Windows XP machine or trade in their old XP rig physically to a Microsoft Store retail location will get $100 off a new Windows 8.1 computer priced at $599 or higher.
So you could just change your user agent to XP and get $100 off? biggrin.gif
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This will absolutely convince some people to move off XP. It's a new computer for $100 off directly from Microsoft. Good deal.
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post #4 of 14
Most of the world has no way of beneffiting with this deal, last I checked my country doesn't have a Microsoft store and I doubt it is the only one.
The Windows license is arround 100 euros for a new computer, I suppose that they don't even bother converting the currency so thats 100$, meaning that they basicly decided to give Windows 8 for free.
It is a good initiative, but its just their way to get people off of XP and onto 8, because they need 8 to have success.
If it fails, you can expect them to change it yet again in a few weeks.

Edit: We have the online shop.
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Too bad they wouldn't make XP open source...
 
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post #6 of 14
LoL, when you buy a PC over $599. How about being a little more pragmatic and give people a $100 off a copy of Windows 7 instead? I have a dozen machines lying around waiting to go to the recycling center, definitely wouldn't mind trading them all in for copies of Windows 7.
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Originally Posted by barcode71 View Post

LoL, when you buy a PC over $599. How about being a little more pragmatic and give people a $100 off a copy of Windows 7 instead? I have a dozen machines lying around waiting to go to the recycling center, definitely wouldn't mind trading them all in for copies of Windows 7.

A link in my sig will tell you exactly why they won't do that.
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1. Acquire cheap WinXP system
2. Buy new Windows 8 system with $100 discount
3. ???
4. Profit
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post #9 of 14
I suppose this would benefit some end users with an old system, looking to upgrade to a new PC. However, most people running an old PC with XP on it are...

1. using the old PC because they can't afford a $500+ new PC

2. the people who will have a nightmare trying to use the new Windows 8 OS.

Free tech support for 90 days is not gonna be enough, I'm afraid. Good luck.
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post #10 of 14
Does this work with XP Mode?
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