Published: Thu, June 09, 2016
Business | By Megan Pierce

Microsoft is now offering a Surface Membership plan for its Surface devices

Microsoft is now offering a Surface Membership plan for its Surface devices

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new Microsoft Surface Membership plan which has been created to provide an easy way to own and upgrade Microsoft's Surface devices and has been tailored for businesses rather than individuals. Besides the Surface devices your firm is purchasing, the company is also getting device setup, personal training, in-store tech support, an extended service plan and Accidental Damage Protection.

The Surface Pro 4 runs from $52 to $190 per month depending on configuration and timeline, while the cheaper Surface 3 runs from $33 to $60. The Surface Book is $79.99 per month for 30 months, $89.99 per month for 24 months, and $108.99 per month for 18 months.

You can also choose to include bundles in your monthly payment, with the option of adding a Type Cover Keyboard (Surface Pro 4 and 3 only), a Surface Pen (optional in Surface 3 device bundle) or a Surface Dock Station to your initial Surface device. There's also the option to trade in your gear at any time although an upgrade fee may apply and you might have to sign a new lease. In fact, it is an incredibly bad idea no matter how you slice it. Here's why. If you want the boss to have a nice i7-equipped Surface Book, but feel that the employees require only Surface 3s, you can customize it all to make that a reality, with Microsoft giving a final price for the whole package.

That's why the overall payment plan is a little more expensive than what you would pay for the hardware outright - but that's par for the course with subscription systems, and you do get some extras with the membership plan.

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