The gist is that if you have an iPad 2, 3, or 4 that is “gently” used, Microsoft will give you no less than $200 in store credit. And once you jettison that tablet, you’ll want another, right? Guess what? Microsoft wants to sell you one of its own.
This is the case because Microsoft has far too many Surface 1.0 models in stock. The promotion lasts for about a month. This means that we won’t see a new Surface until likely after October 27, when the trade-in campaign ends.
The title of this post is minor exaggeration – however, as the cost of a new Surface RT tablet hybrid is $349, and the least possible price for your Apple tablet is $200, the delta ‘twixt the two is small. Therefore, get rid of that old, soggy iPad and move to the Surface. It will make Redmond happy.
In reality, you probably have several tablets. If you want a new toy, you now have an option. Keep in mind, though, that Microsoft has sent out public invites to its Big Shiny New Surface Event, so whatever you get now is about to be made passé.