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Microsoft offers trade for your old laptop or PC

Microsoft has launched a new programme called Easy Trade Up, which allows you to trade your old laptop or computer against the value of a new Windows 10 device.

In a bid to shift more Windows 10 machines, Microsoft is encouraging customers to trade in their existing computers. In return, the company will knock a little money off the final bill.

Included in the deal are any Windows 10 (or Windows 8.1) notebook  with an 11.3-inch display or over, any Windows 2-in-1 computer, and any Windows desktop – though all must cost over £249. Microsoft also includes the Surface 3 in the offer, but not the Surface Pro 3.

Intriguingly, Microsoft doesn’t appear to rule out the Surface Pro 4, but that goes on sale the day before this offer ends (which is October 27). That could make things a little tight.

As for the type of device you can trade in, it can be any desktop, laptop, all-in-one, 2-in-1, MacBook or iMac – as long as it’s in good working order and less than six years old.

The valuation system being used for this is clear but rigid, and may not be all that generous depending on how good your laptop is. For a new Windows device that costs £249 to £348.99, trading in your machine will get you £30 off, irrespective of what it is. For a £349 to £498.99 device, you’ll get £50, while if the machine you want is £499 or over you’ll get £100.

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In the US there’s an extra cash incentive for MacBook users to trade in their Apple machines, but there’s no such provision here in the UK.

About the best scenario we can envisage here is trading in a five-year-old Chromebook against a £500-or-more Windows 10 machine.

Next, find out everything you need to know about Windows 10:

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