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Microsoft offering Surface Membership subscriptions for U.S. businesses

Microsoft offering Surface Membership subscriptions for U.S. businesses
Microsoft offering Surface Membership subscriptions for U.S. businesses
Microsoft is strengthening its focus on corporate customers with a new subscription plan for staying up-to-date on the latest hardware and support services.

More users are holding onto their PCs, smartphones, and tablets nowadays compared to the early years of iPhone or Android. While not necessarily bad for consumers, manufacturers are worried that this can lead to lower sales and revenue since buyers are replacing their existing devices less frequently than before. Some manufacturers are combating the problem by offering upgrade programs where users can trade in their old smartphones for newer models. Apple, for example, runs a program where users can choose to pay $32 USD per month for the ability to upgrade to the latest iPhone every year.

Microsoft will soon be offering a similar program called the "Surface Membership" where companies can subscribe for the ability to upgrade to the latest Surface tablet or laptop without any additional charges. The subscription also includes comprehensive services and support and will differ in price depending on the configuration of the Surface tablets and desired timeline. As an example, the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Pro 3 start at $80, $52, and $33 USD per month, respectively, for a 30-month commitment.

The Surface Membership subscription is currently available in the U.S. and only for businesses. If successful, Microsoft will likely expand the program overseas and to additional regions.

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Benjamin Herzig/ Allen Ngo, 2016-06-12 (Update: 2017-08- 2)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.