updated 04:58 pm EDT, Fri March 21, 2014
Attempt by Microsoft to upgrade users before Windows XP support ends
Microsoft is trying to encourage users to migrate away from Windows XP to a newer operating system, by offering a discount on a new computer. Customers buying one of a number of selected PCs at a Microsoft Store will be able to receive a discount of $100 off the cost of the new machine, after exchanging an older computer running Windows XP with the store.
Running until June 15th, the offer will let buyers upgrade to one from a list of computers, though this will not include certain items, like the Surface 2. Buyers will also receive 90 days of free support and free data transfer from the old computer to the new device, reports CNET. It is also claimed that the discount will be applied to orders placed online, if performed on a computer running Windows XP.
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The upgrade discount offer comes at a time when mainstream support for Windows XP is set to end. After April 8th, Microsoft will stop offering technical assistance for the operating system, automatic updates, and will stop making Microsoft Security Essentials available from that date. Earlier this month, Microsoft started to offer PCmover Express for Windows XP as a free download to transfer files, with users also seeing a notification for the end of support on their desktop if automatic Windows Updates are still enabled.