Owning Surface just got easier with the new Surface Plus Program

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) launches a Surface Plus upgrade program for customers in the United States.

The Surface Plus program starts August 1, and is available at the Microsoft Store, both online and at retail locations. Instead of paying the entire cost of a laptop or tablet upfront, this new plan spreads payments over two years on a contract.

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

Once you upgrade to a new Surface device, your 24-month payment plan resets. The main thing is the hardware you're intending to swap must be in "good condition". With PC competition so fierce, Microsoft is getting creative in ways to make the Surface more affordable - and to make students and individual buyers pause before buying a new Apple Mac.

The financing for Surface Plus for Business comes from a different company, New York-based LiftForward.

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. The plans have unique financing and services for their respective audiences. The Pen offers quick response times with 21ms of latency, more accuracy with 4,096 pressure levels, and tilt detection that can help with shading and more.

Business customers can select from any mixture of devices from the Surface portfolio, and can fold any number of those devices into a single single agreement, the post said. It also revealed a new version of the Surface Pen, with color options to match its latest Windows 10 devices.

Flexible Terms: Businesses can choose flexible 18, 24, or 30 month periods, with the ability to upgrade devices after just 12 months on a 24-month term (after 18 months on the 30-month term). Businesses can also expand or reduce their device fleet mid-term.

- Office 365 for Business:.

  • Geraldine Cohen