The rapidly-progressing nature of the the technology world may make it difficult for the everyday device-user to keep up. To paraphrase rap icon-turned-tech-mogul Nas, on the memorable Kanye West track, “Classic,” “By the time you can afford it, the [insert device] ain’t important.” If you are behind on the ties as far as your laptop is concerned, Microsoft may have you covered in it new promotion of Windows 10. If you take your laptop into a Windows Store and it can’t be upgraded to Windows 10 the same day, you could get a free Dell Inspiron 15 laptop.
Extreme Tech fleshes out the fine print:
As you might imagine, there are some caveats to the offer. First of all, your PC needs to be compatible with Windows 10 in the first place. If you don’t have a compatible system, you can earn $150 to the purchase of a new PC. PCs must be turned over to the company by noon on the day the service is to be performed, and apparently not all retail outlets are participating, so check with your local Windows Store beforehand.
Those of you thinking of walking in with an ancient Compaq Presario and claiming $150 to the purchase of a new Dell should be advised that there are additional caveats attached to this as well. Microsoft’s fine print reads:
To be eligible for trade-in, you must own the qualifying device, device must power on, battery must hold charge and not be required to be plugged in to operate, and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing, liquid damage, modification(s) or have device warranty seal broken to be considered working. Cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Must contain hard drive. Devices must be running Windows 8 or newer. (Emphasis added).
Furthermore, if you meet the requirements, you could get a $20 discount on Microsoft Office 365. Some locations will be giving away an X-Box One, but you have to ask about it in-store, in-person. If you qualify for a new laptop, there’s less than two weeks to get to Windows Store to make it happen.