Microsoft's deal, viewable here, is only available in-store, not online. It guarantees a minimum of $200 for any trade-ins of gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 tablets at a Microsoft store.
Here is how the deal is described:
How to redeem this offer
Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.
Looking to upgrade your tablet? Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro.
The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Starting at $349
The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365.
Starting at $799
See store associate for more details.
Last month, Microsoft cut the prices of its both types of its Surface devices by up to $100. Following the price-cut, the Surface Pro starts at $799, while the Surface RT bundles start at $399. Microsoft also launched a new program that offers free Surface RT tablets to schools, ones with an ad-free Bing search platform.
Microsoft has scheduled a Sept. 23 Surface event in New York City. It's expected to introduce two new tablets, one a refresh of its Surface RT tablet, and the other a Surface Pro (Windows 8 desktop OS) tablet.
The Surface RT tablet is going to lose the RT moniker, and be called the Surface 2. There are rumors that it might sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor or NVIDIA's Tegra 4,. Either processor would add a wonderful performance boost. However, the Qualcomm processor would add the possibility of an LTE version of the RT tablet
Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 2 absolutely must carry a Haswell CPU. Intel's latest Core design promises much better battery life,a and could add two hours on top of the tablet's current four to four-and-a-half hours.
Since battery life is one of the biggest complaints about the Surface Pro, a long-rumor keyboard cover with an included battery appears on the horizon. Rumored to be called the Power Cover, this could enable the Surface Pro to reach a full day of work.
It's unclear who will go for this trade-in deal, but considering the result is a gift card, it's possible that customers will opt for the deal, use the card on some other Microsoft product(s), and buy the iPad 5 when it debuts later this year.