Microsoft’s Surface event yesterday saw the company showcase the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2. We already know Surface hardware is expensive and that is true of the new models. However, Microsoft has debuted Surface All Access, which aims to make paying for a Surface easier.
Last month, we reported on Microsoft’s decision to shutter its Surface Plus program. This was a financing program that allowed customers to spread the cost of a Surface device. When Surface Plus closed, it looked as though the payment plans was gone.
Instead, Microsoft announced Surface All Access yesterday. After its event in New York City, the company expanded on the new program, including prices.
“Surface All Access makes it easy to start working right away with your Surface, accessories, and Office 365 subscription—with one low monthly price for 24 months, world-class protection, in-store training, and dedicated customer support.”
This time, Microsoft is attempting to entice consumers by bundling in Office 365 with the hardware. Considering the high price of Surface devices, the All Access program may be helpful. The new Surface Laptop 2 starts at $999 and the Surface Studio 2 costs $3,499. Finally, the Surface Pro 6 starts at $899, which is the cheapest Surface Pro ever at launch.
That’s a lot of money, so spreading the cost and getting Office 365 included is welcome. Here are the pricing details from Microsoft:
- Surface GO bundle: from $24.99 a month with Office 365
- Surface Book 2 bundle: from $54.96 a month with Office 365
- Surface Pro 6 bundle: from $47.87 a month with Type Cover and Office 365
- Surface Laptop 2 bundle: from $46.63 a month
- Surface Studio 2 bundle: from $150.79 a month
Considering Office 365 costs $10.99 a month on its own, these bundles are solid value. Microsoft says Surface All Access bundles will be available from October 16. Surface Studio bundles will be available from November 15.