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Microsoft Pays You to Ditch Your MacBook for a Surface

Dave Parrack 10-11-2016

Microsoft really wants you to buy a Surface device. So much so it’s willing to take that old MacBook off your hands in exchange for cold, hard cash. Or, more specifically, some money off the price of a new Surface.


Microsoft will give you up to $650 off the price of a new Surface device when you trade in your MacBook. The offer applies to both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, with the credit available on a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft unveils Windows 10 devices, Twitter has its Moments, Facebook does a Doodle, Bob Dylan meets IBM's Watson, and Universal posts a trailer for Jaws 19. Read More (excluding the new Performance Base models).

The trade-in program is only available in the United States, and your qualifying device must be in good working order, with no broken components, its device warranty in place, and with its original chargers/accessories included.

The value of your MacBook will be appraised, and you’ll receive a promo code for that amount of money off the price of your new Surface device. This can be done in a Microsoft retail store or through its official online store. It should be noted that the $650 promo code is a best-case-scenario reserved for the newer MacBook models.

Switching From Apple to Microsoft

Microsoft actually launched this trade-in program on October 27th, with the offer originally pencilled in to end today (November 10). However, as spotted by VentureBeat, for reasons unknown to us, Microsoft has now extended the offer until November 23rd.

That gives you almost two weeks from today to decide whether it’s time to ditch your MacBook for a Surface. Unfortunately, switching from a MacBook to a Surface isn’t as simple as it seems, as Apple has built an integrated ecosystem Escaping the iCloud: Leaving Apple's Ecosystem Behind You have invested in iOS. Your data is tied up in iCloud, your email in your Apple email account. How are you going to escape the iCloud and make your data ecosystem-independent? Read More designed to keep its customers locked in for the longterm.


Still, given the positive reactions to the new Surface Studio Microsoft Outplays Apple With the iMac-Beating Surface Studio Microsoft has announced new hardware in the form of its first all-in-one PC. The Surface Studio is essentially an iMac (but better), and aimed at people with lots of money to spare. Read More , Microsoft appears to be building momentum. Meanwhile, the new MacBook Pro Apple Unveils New Touchy-Feely MacBook Pro Apple has taken the wraps off of its brand new MacBook Pro. It's a beautifully designed piece of hardware, with several innovative touches and some annoying caveats potential buyers will have to beware. Read More has received very mixed reactions, with people generally loving the Touch Bar but hating the switch to USB-C and the need to buy more dongles Apple Is Forced to Make USB-C Dongles Cheaper Apple has cut the price of its USB-C adapters. Because it turns out people still use USB-A and HDMI, and don't want to pay top dollar to use their own peripherals. Read More .

Do you currently own a MacBook? If so, would you consider trading it in for money off a Microsoft Surface device? Do you currently own a Surface device? If so, would you recommend it to others? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. James Bruce
    November 17, 2016 at 10:19 am

    It's just so sad they have to pay people to use their terrible little tablet, and the people they paid millions use them gave up after a while:

  2. Heinz
    November 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

    1. I won't leave my MacBook white Early 2009 for a MS-product - why?
    2. I think the new surface is quite good hardware. Will it run Linux? If yes, I probably would give it a try.