With many still reluctant to part ways with their aging Windows XP systems, Microsoft has tried various methods to cajole users to upgrade to Windows 8. It will no longer support the ancient operating system starting today, and it's long been planning with various partners to expedite the phase-out process.
The company has taken matters into its own hands more recently by allowing users to earn a $100 credit toward a Windows 8 PC or Surface 2 tablet with a Windows XP system trade-in via its own retail locations. Now one of those aforementioned partners is joining the act, as Best Buy has embarked on a similar trade-in program of its own.
Whereas Microsoft will apparently take back any PC running XP as part of its promotion, Best Buy is only offering a minimum $100 credit for a working Windows XP laptop. Its discount is also doled out in a slightly different fashion than Microsoft's, providing a $25 gift card upfront with the remainder being applied to a new computer. Oddly enough, that $75 credit can apply to a Mac or Chromebook, not just a Windows 8 machine.
Best Buy says the Windows XP notebook exchange promotion will run through April 19, which is a far shorter window (pun intended) than Microsoft's offer. That program runs through June 15. It will be interesting to see if other retailers follow with their own trade-in offers now that XP is officially dead to Microsoft.
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