The death of Microsoft XP is a few weeks away. The Redmond based company has offered customers $100 in store credit if they upgrade from Windows XP to the newer Windows 8.1 computer. Customers can make the purchase from Microsoft’s online store and its retail outlets in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The offer is valid till 15th June or till stocks last and is limited to one device per person.
The discounted deal comes packaged with 90 days of free technical support. Qualifying customers will also get a free Laplink data transfer service. The software helps to automatically transfers data from a Windows XP PC to one powered by Windows 8.1.
Before you queue up, there are several important caveats to keep in mind. The $100 credit deal is limited to computers and laptops in the price bracket of $599 to $2,299. No discounts are on offer for devices below that price band. You can view the complete list of eligible PCs on the online store. It includes Surface Pro 2 tablets (64 GB onwards) and computers from the Dell, HP, Asus, Lenovo, and Samsung stables. It is only for genuine Windows XP users and they will have to verify that they are currently using a Windows XP machine.
If you are saddled with an old machine and are thinking of an upgrade, $100 is a nice bundle of savings. You also move up to a more modern computer ahead of April 8, when the company releases its final security updates for the 13 year old operating system.
Is it a deal worth considering if you are in the U.S.? Is it a promotional carrot you would rather ignore?