Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Sep 2013 12:55 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft is kicking up a notch its competition with Apple's iPad with a new, limited time trade-in offer.

"Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card," according to the deal, outlined on the Microsoft Online store site. The gift card may be used towards the purchase of a Microsoft Surface or other products available through the Microsoft Store.

Yeah, good luck with that.

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RE: Who taught you math
by judgen on Fri 13th Sep 2013 22:33 UTC in reply to "Who taught you math"
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

'The qualifying trade-in devices are "gently used" iPad 2,3 or 4s.'

The iPad 1 does not qualify for the program.

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RE[2]: Who taught you math
by darknexus on Sat 14th Sep 2013 11:32 in reply to "RE: Who taught you math"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

'The qualifying trade-in devices are "gently used" iPad 2,3 or 4s.'

The iPad 1 does not qualify for the program.

Yep, so might as well sell it on Ebay instead. Get some real cash (and most likely more than ms would give you) and spend it on whatever you want. I can get way more than $200 for an iPad 2 in decent condition which, if you actually think about that, is just a little crazy. It's hard to believe people will pay more than that for a device that's three generations behind especially when they can get an iPad Mini for just about the same price as iPad 2's go for, or an Android tablet for an even better price.
All this has me wondering though: what will they do with all the iPads they get, assuming anyone actually goes for this? It's not like they can flash them with Windows RT and resell them. I'm guessing employees get them and either use them or go straight to Ebay, but perhaps that's just the cynic in me talking.

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RE[3]: Who taught you math
by Neolander on Sat 14th Sep 2013 16:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Who taught you math"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

All this has me wondering though: what will they do with all the iPads they get, assuming anyone actually goes for this? It's not like they can flash them with Windows RT and resell them. I'm guessing employees get them and either use them or go straight to Ebay, but perhaps that's just the cynic in me talking.

Just a few guesses:
-They could use them to test Office on iOS, since real hardware is always a better testing medium than emulators
-They could study iOS' strong points and flaws more closely so as to improve their own products
-They will most likely trash them instead, rather than facing the marketing issue of giving competitor devices to employees

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RE[3]: Who taught you math
by ilovebeer on Sat 14th Sep 2013 16:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Who taught you math"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

All this has me wondering though: what will they do with all the iPads they get, assuming anyone actually goes for this? It's not like they can flash them with Windows RT and resell them. I'm guessing employees get them and either use them or go straight to Ebay, but perhaps that's just the cynic in me talking.

Take them apart and recycle the materials maybe. They won't be donated or issued to employees for certain though.

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RE[3]: Who taught you math
by Soulbender on Sun 15th Sep 2013 06:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Who taught you math"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

what will they do with all the iPads they get,


I guess it's a non-problem since they're unlikely to get many.

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