Microsoft's new payment plan makes Surface devices more affordable

Microsoft launches Surface Plus upgrade plan

Microsoft's Surface Plus program will let you pay for the device in installments and upgrade after 18 months.

Note: It seems the Surface Plus webpages linked above are not yet active and their availability may be tied to the 9:00 AM PT launch of this new service. After 18 months, you can upgrade to the latest Surface device, as long as you turn in your existing gadget and agree to a new 24-month payment plan for the new one.

In addition to the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, Microsoft's new Pen is also compatible with the Surface 3, Pro 3, Pro 4, Book and Studio.

As a result, Microsoft is looking to entice buyers that would have otherwise passed on Surface hardware with the new Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business financing programs.

When it comes to Windows-based computers, Microsoft's Surface family are among the best on the market thanks to first-party status, handsome designs, great performance and excellent build quality.

-Device upgrades: Customers can upgrade to the latest Surface after just 18 months.

Surface Plus members also get what Microsoft calls "best in class" service and support from Microsoft Stores.

Microsoft Store benefits: All customers who shop at Microsoft Store enjoy access to benefits like a 30-day hassle free return policy, a Surface training and health check as well as a year of free in-store support and technical assistance. Subject to credit approval, regular consumers looking into Surface Plus will be able to purchase Surface hardware on a 24-month plan with 0 percent April.

- Office 365 for Business:.

Surface Plus for business adds additional features. "Small and medium-sized businesses that are currently enrolled in the Surface Membership program will now enjoy the same enterprise-grade services and support under the Surface Plus for Business plan", the post said.

It's unclear how much money people will save through the upgrade because it depends on the kind of Surface device involved.

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