Microsoft beefs up upgrade rewards for Windows XP users

Microsoft is sweetening the pot in hopes of getting holdouts to switch from their dated Windows XP machine to something a bit more modern. Last week, the Redmond-based company offered a $50 gift card to those purchasing a Windows 8.1 computer but they’ve since improved that offer in more ways than one. From now through June 15, XP users looking to move to a new system are eligible for a $100 discount on a qualifying machine priced at $599 or higher. 

April 8 is the day support for XP ends. So, Microsoft is reaching into its bag of discount tricks to get users to drop the decade-plus old operating system. If you own a PC with XP and upgrade at the Microsoft Store, you get $100 off, 90 days of free support, and a “free data transfer,” as spotted by Neowin. The offer includes a new PC or Surface device priced at $599 or more and excludes Surface 2“and some PCs,” Microsoft said. And you have to make an online purchase with a Windows XP machine or take an XP PC to a physical Microsoft Store.

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