At the launch of its Surface Pro 3, Microsoft drew numerous comparisons between its new 12-inch tablet and the MacBook Air. Apple's ultra-light notebook is still considered among the very best in the business, and evidently, even Microsoft appreciates the perception that the Air is the device to beat when it comes to thin and light laptops.
Today, WinBeta reports that Microsoft is now hoping to entice MacBook Air owners to abandon that device completely by offering a trade-in deal that will give them up to $650 in credit towards a Surface Pro 3. As always with an offer like this one, there are some conditions.
First of all, the MacBook Air being traded in "must power on to be considered working", and if yours has water damage or a cracked screen, Microsoft will turn you away, as these will not be considered "working devices" under this promotion. The exact amount that you'll get in store credit will also vary depending on the exact condition of your Air.
Additionally, Microsoft says that you must purchase a Surface Pro 3 in order to qualify for the maximum possible amount of credit, and only one MacBook Air may be traded in per purchase. It should go without saying, but just in case there are any doubts: all trade-ins are final, and it's your responsibility to wipe your data from the device before handing it over to Microsoft.
Trade-ins are being handled exclusively via Microsoft Stores in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada, so if you're not near a Store - or you're in another part of the world - you're out of luck, unless the company decides to extend the promotion to other channels or internationally. Microsoft says that this offer will remain available "until 7/31/2014 or while supplies last".
If you're not quite sure about whether or not you're ready to part with your MacBook Air, check out our Surface Pro 3 review before you decide.