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Microsoft really wants you to switch from the iPad to Surface

Microsoft has decided to aggressively target iPad users in an attempt to get them to convert to its own Surface RT or Surface Pro tablets. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant says that users who bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 will get at least a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.

Microsoft doesn't specifically say that gift card has to be used for a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet. However, right after offering the $200 gift card for the iPad Microsoft does take the opportunity to mention that the Surface RT is available starting at $349 while the Surface Pro is available starting at $799.

The special offer is valid from September 5 until October 27, 2013 and is valid at select Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. The offer is not available online so if you don't have a Microsoft Store nearby you're out of luck.
To be eligible for the trade-in the iPad must include the power cord and the device can't be password-protected. 

Source: Microsoft

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RE: More meh
By Shig on 9/13/2013 1:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.

Tablets need another input sensor besides touch to get a competitive game with a ladder system. If you combined the touchscreen with something that can read hand gestures in open space you might have something. Or you'd have to have it project something into space that you could interact with. No one is carrying around a mouse and keyboard with a tablet, it'll never happen.

There's a lot of innovation to be done and Microsoft isn't doing any of it.

RE: More meh
By Shig on 9/13/2013 1:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just that, you'll never have good online gaming on a tablet as long as the telecoms can charge extortion level prices for 4G LTE on them.

RE: More meh
By Nekrik on 9/13/2013 1:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
sounds like you're talking about Kinect on a tablet. If it's not going to be Microsoft who brings this to the table who do you suspect it will be?

RE: More meh
By eagle470 on 9/13/2013 1:55:00 PM , Rating: 2

RE: More meh
By Nekrik on 9/13/2013 2:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
did not know about that, seems kinda cool, but very difficult to build into a tablet (and as OP said, people won't carry a mouse around and this seems a little bulkier)

RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/13/2013 7:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Though it isn't identical to Kinect, the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro hybrid ultrabook has a hands free motion sensor that allows you to swipe etc without actually touching the screen, a lot like the tech in the Samsung S4. It is also a matter of time before handsfree motion navigation like Leap and several others are integrated into devices.

RE: More meh
By troysavary on 9/14/2013 6:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
It definitely needs to be better than Leap Motion. I haven't heard much good from early adopters.

RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/14/2013 12:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
I said several others as well... and I also said "a matter of time" which gives the tech time to improve. I wasn't plugging Leap so go bash on them somewhere else.

RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/19/2013 11:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
Soooooo the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion was just announced with the leap motion built in :)

RE: More meh
By invidious on 9/13/2013 2:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
bluetooth keyboards, mice, and controllers...

RE: More meh
By rtrski on 9/13/2013 4:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
"No one is carrying around a mouse and keyboard with a tablet"...

Mouse I'll grant you, I don't always carry around with it. Keyboard? Actually, the touch keyboards that come with the surface are basically 'free' since they double as a screen protector, still fit in the sleeve, and fold up right behind it if you want to use as a tablet only. I rarely take the S Pro anywhere without also having the keyboard. Including just from one room of the house to another to slouch on my easy chair and websurf a bit while paying half-attention to the TV.

So, guess I'm "nobody".

Bigger issue really is if you want to talk some sort of serious gaming, that screen real-estate is just too small. Sharp as all get-out, but tiny. I've played some fairly good looking games on it and always feel like a troll hunched over the tiny thing. For anything much beyond casual or rogue-likes (love FTL, favorite time-waster on the Surface, ever!) desktops with a real screen (and yes, keyboard and mouse) are the way to go for me and likely always will be. Until perhaps the VR headsets get a heck of a lot nicer.

RE: More meh
By BillyBatson on 9/13/2013 7:31:26 PM , Rating: 1
No one is carrying around a mouse and keyboard with a tablet, it'll never happen.

Really? It will never happen? How about all those people with a Surface Pro or Razer Edge who carry around a keyboard and mouse (not counting the keyboard covers)? It's not that anyone won't carry those items it's the fact that right now with nearly all tablets it isn't an option but if it were I promise you more people would carry around those items especially if the tablet is being used for productivity or gaming if the tablet is capable.

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