Microsoft quietly rolled out a new way for business customers to buy Surface hardware yesterday: the Surface Membership Plan.
Spotted first by Paul Thurrott, the scheme allows Surface hardware, from the Atom-powered Surface 3 all the way up to the Surface Book, to be bought on a monthly price plan. The plan also includes the Surface service plan with accidental damage protection, offering repair and replacement for dropped or damaged hardware, and some amount of personal training. Prices range from $32.99/month for a bottom spec Surface 3 bought over 30 months, up to $220.99/month for a top spec Surface Book bought over 18 months. This works out at a premium of about $400-$500 as compared to buying the hardware and service plan outright.
Multiple systems can be bought through this scheme, allowing companies to buy a whole fleet of machines without requiring the initial up-front capital outlay, underscoring the business positioning of the payment plan.