Microsoft tries to convert Mac users -

Software giant Microsoft is having a crack at deprogramming the members of the fruity cargo cult, Apple.

A new promotion, running June 20 to July 31, 2014 requires users to bring MacBook Airs into select Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada and get it replaced with something more sensible.

In this case the "something more sensible" is a Surface Pro 3.

While it might sound a good idea, Microsoft will not accept any normal MacBook Air.

"To be eligible for trade-in, device must power on to be considered working. Water-damaged devices and devices with cracked screens are not considered working devices for purposes of this offer."

To get the $650 back, users have to apply the store credit toward the purchase of a Surface Pro 3, the most recent model of the company's Intel-based Surface tablets. The Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 3 began shipping on June 20.

On the plus side there does not appear to be any limits about which models of MacBook Airs are eligible for promotion.

Vole has been cutting the price on its second-generation Surface Pro tablets, clearing the way for the Surface Pro 3s.

Of course Microsoft is trying it on. No true Apple fanboy would ever trade a product with an Apple on the lid for something Volish.