As we all know, Microsoft Corp’s support for its old Windows XP operating system ended last Tuesday, April 8. Interestingly, the system still accounts for over 20% of overall PC users. It is also interesting to note that many of those users still opt to stick to the timed out OS.
But this time, Microsoft as well as other PC makers are retailers are aiming to tap those existing XP users through offering them huge discounts and incentives. The aim is to convince those consumers to buy new PCs that are already equipped with newer OS.
Microsoft has its own offer: a $100 rebate on selected PC or surface machines that are having tag prices of $599 or higher. This promotion was originally set at $50, but that initial offer amount was eventually increased to compete with current trade-in promos by many retailers.
Dell’s standing offer
Dell now offers a good deal for buying Windows 7 desktop. The PC maker’s Easter Sale package includes Inspiron 3000-series that are already pre-installed with Windows 7. The PC is available for just $599.99, translating to an onsite instant savings of about $150. By using the coupon code HDB?TLKS7SXTMM, a consumer could secure another $50 off, making the machine’s final price reach just $549.99.
If you may ask, why Windows 7 and not the newer Windows 8.1? Logically, Dell thinks that many consumers still prefer to use Windows 7, which is closer to Windows XP than the more modern Windows 8.1. Many users are also still having issues with the many changes introduced in the newest Windows OS.
Best Buy’s own offer
For its part, Best Buy is giving out a minimum discount of $100 to XP users. The amount could be obtained when purchasing a new PC. The retailer offers a $25 gift card as well as at least $75 credit for the purchase of a new Windows machine, Apple PC, or a Chromebook. XP users who are participating in this promo could buy an Acer C720 Chromebook for just $99.
This trade-in offer only applies to XP PCs that are still in working condition, That means that those computers must still be able to power on and perform functions. Trade-in values may vary and may possibly exceed $100. But the deal may not be combined with other offers from the company. This offer is valid only until April 19, although the coupon could be redeemed until May 3.