Microsoft Offers Big Bucks to MacBook Owners for Switching

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A wealthy fight promoter once said "Everybody has a price," and it looks like Microsoft's ready to test that premise. CNet reports that, in an interview today (Oct. 26), Microsoft vice president Brian Hall said his company will offer up to $650 in exchange for anyone in the U.S. who will switch from a MacBook Pro or Air to a Surface Book or Surface Pro.surface book detached2

Hall said that MacBook owners can take advantage of this offer at Microsoft Stores or on Microsoft.com as early as tomorrow (Oct. 27), which just happens to be the same day Apple is holding an new product event. We expect the company will reveal a revamped MacBook Pro, which has become a little long in the tooth, going four years without a major update.

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This new revamp of the MacBook Pro reportedly sports an OLED Magic Touchbar at the top row, which will replace the physical keys including Esc, F1- F12, Power and include a TouchID sensor that can be used to unlock the computer and for identity verification for ApplePay. The new MacBooks are also rumored to not feature any USB Type-A ports, as Apple is expected to move to Type-C.

Microsoft will likely be able to tout that its Surface Books and Pros beat Apple's newest notebooks because they have touch-screen input. Apple is yet to give any hint that it wants to let people tap to interact with macOS, while Windows 10 is built to be used with your fingers.

That $650 offer isn't enough to pay for a whole new Surface Book or Surface Pro, but it will erase a substantial amount of the bill, as they start at $1,499 and $899, respectively. So this brings entry-level prices down to $849 and $249, which could convince some. What we don't know is what kind of MacBook you need to qualify for the full $650 offer, but we've reached out to Microsoft and will update this story if we get a response.

Microsoft's Windows and Surface event today didn't feature any new Surface Pro models, but it did find the company revealing a new Surface Book with Nvidia GTX 965m graphics and a larger battery inside. 

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  • Steve Gossett Says:

    Surface products may be for the average consumer but my personal opinion is they are just not for everyone. Im in IT and do a lot of QA, programming and in my off time I like photography and do video editing.

    Surface products are just not replacement devices for the single desktop I use to accommodate everything I do. My desktop I can easily configure RAM, hard drives I need, has internal Blu-Ray, DVD and with the slots I can add other peripherals. I dont see that kind of flexibility with Surface products.

    I have played with Surface at Best Buy with the intention of liking them but in the end they dont deliver what I need. Between my desktop and current laptop I have, my needs are met. For the price of a Surface, and given what I do for work/hobby, I would rather have a desktop that is configurable and the laptop I have which accommodates my mobile needs.

    Now Im just one person so Im sure there are others who find these quite useful in what they do so I dont want to give the impression Im bagging on Surface products because Im not. As technology changes I am always receptive to trying new tech out to see how I can apply it to my daily tech life but currently given what I do I just don’t see it in the Surface products.

    Perhaps actually having one to tangibly play with for several months to where I had no choice but to make it work for my needs I could find out more personally about their use long term but currently Im not willing to expense that price when I already have something that works for me. That may actually be key for a lot of people, already having something that works for them.

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