Microsoft has killed off the Surface Plus Program, approximately one year after its official launch.
Announced with much fanfare as the most convenient method to purchase new Surface devices, Surface Plus Program offered financing to new customers, giving them the option to spread the cost of its devices over a period of 24 months.
Furthermore, the program came with several other benefits, including upgrades at the end of the financing period, basically allowing these customers to always be running the most recent Surface model.
But as reported by OnMSFT, Microsoft has decided that such a program no longer makes sense, so starting August 31, it no longer accepts new customers. Those whose plans are currently under way will continue to run until they come to an end, and upgrades will still be honored.
“After much thought and consideration, Microsoft has decided to end new enrollment into the Surface Plus Program, financed by Klarna, starting August 31, 2018,” Microsoft says.
“After 18 months, if your Klarna account is in good standing with 18 monthly payments made on your 24-month plan and you return your original device in good working order you are eligible for an upgrade. Upon reaching eligibility simply contact a Microsoft customer service representative.”
No financing alternative
Despite Microsoft launching the financing program with much excitement, the company has barely advertised it, so it’s no surprise that its success has been rather limited.
Most likely, the software giant sees this as a failed experiment, though it goes without saying that a financing program for devices that are getting more expensive with every new generation would be welcome. The Surface Studio, for example, costs more than $4,000 in the top-of-the-range configuration, and a financing program would make it a bit more accessible to buyers in the United States.
It remains to be seen if a new program would be introduced or not, but for the time being no other financing option for Surface models is available.