Microsoft today has launched new Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business programs.
The new program treats the company’s Surface devices much like a cell phone contract. The cost of the Surface device is spread out over 24 months (with 0% interest) and, as long as the returned device is in good shape, customers can upgrade every 18 months.
The 18 month upgrade seems to suggest that Microsoft is promising to continue producing new Surface hardware at least yearly.
The Surface Plus for Business program is a bit different than consumer version in that there are more contract length options (18, 24, or 30 month periods), shorter upgrade windows (12 months on a 24-month term and after 18 months on the 30-month term), and companies can add as many devices as they want into a single contract. This is also the first time that Microsoft is including the Surface Hub as part of the program
The new programs are only for US-based customers. The Surface Plus consumer version can be obtained through a physical Microsoft store or online.
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