by Deanna Ting | March 24, 2014
Redmond, WA-based software giant Microsoft is using gift cards to motivate its customers to purchase new computers before it abandons its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system. On April 8, Microsoft will stop supporting its Windows XP operating system with security and support updates, thereby exposing those computers to security issues. The gift card promotion is aimed at encouraging those customers who still use Windows XP to buy newer computer and laptop models that run on Windows 8.1. 

Now through June 15, customers who purchase a new PC that runs on the newer Windows 8.1 operating system from Microsoft's ontline store or retail outlets will receive a $100 gift card that also includes 90 days of free technical support. The $100 store credit is applicable to computers and laptops that range in price from $599 to $2,299. Customers must also confirm and verify that they are currently using a computer that operates on Windows XP.

Computer experts recommend that customers who currently use Windows XP should update their software to newer versions of Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7) or purchase a newer computer.