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Microsoft Launches 'Buy PC, Get Xbox Free' for Students Program

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Spend $700 on a Windows 7 PC, get a shiny new Xbox 360 (4 GB) console for free. Not a bad deal.

Thursday Microsoft announced a plan that should give the PC industry a little jolt in revenue. Starting May 22 (Sunday), students who purchase a Windows 7-based PC retailing at $699 or more will receive an Xbox 360 4 GB console for free. The offer will be available at participating retailers for current (and verified) students in the U.S. while supplies last (or until September 3).

"A hot new Windows 7-based PC with a free Xbox 360 is the ultimate productivity, social and entertainment package for students," said Kathleen Hall, general manager of Windows Marketing at Microsoft. "In one shot, with this great offer, Microsoft is giving students everything they need for a successful new school year."

Although parents can purchase any Windows 7-based PC, Microsoft recommends a few specifically for students like the sleek HP Pavilion DM4, the colorful Dell Inspiron 14r and the lightweight Samsung Series 9. Indecisive parents and students are also directed to visit the PC Scout, an interactive app on Microsoft's website that will help locate the perfect match.

"If you have a .edu email address, you can purchase your new PC through one of our participating retailers including Dell.com, HP.com or Microsoft Store," said Microsoft's Kristina Libby in an official blog. "If you don't have a .edu address or prefer to walk into a store, touch the PCs and test their features, bring your Student ID into Best Buy or any Microsoft Store retail location. Check with your chosen retailer for additional specifics they may have in place."

Similar student-focused offers will be coming soon in Canada and France, Microsoft said.

Guess who's coming to college?

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    cknobman , May 19, 2011 6:57 PM
    I'd buy in if she was thrown in with the deal.
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    cknobman , May 19, 2011 6:57 PM
    I'd buy in if she was thrown in with the deal.
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    obiown77 , May 19, 2011 6:57 PM
    "A hot new Windows 7-based PC with a free Xbox 360 is the ultimate productivity, social and entertainment package for students,"

    Really?!? LOL!


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    obiown77 , May 19, 2011 6:58 PM
    cknobmanI'd buy in if she was thrown in with the deal.


    did you see the size of her feet?
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    virtualban , May 19, 2011 7:00 PM
    cknobmanI'd buy in if she was thrown in with the deal.

    I am glad you were the first one to post here. May your spirit live long and prosper in this thread. I am serious about this.
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    Trialsking , May 19, 2011 7:02 PM
    If I build a Win 7 and they remove Games for Windows Live from the ones I play, I would be ecstatic! Who needs an Xbox?
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    gnookergi , May 19, 2011 7:04 PM
    virtualbanI am glad you were the first one to post here. May your spirit live long and prosper in this thread. I am serious about this.

    I don't know what you're getting at with your retort, but it was pointless and stupid.
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    dman3k , May 19, 2011 7:11 PM
    obiown77did you see the size of her feet?
    Yup, and I'll take 2 of them!
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    dread_cthulhu , May 19, 2011 7:11 PM
    obiown77did you see the size of her feet?

    Really? They're not that big, it's the angle the picture was taken at. LOL.
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    thrasher32 , May 19, 2011 7:34 PM
    The obvious question is why you'd need an xbox when you have a pc...
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    zyzeast , May 19, 2011 7:37 PM
    obiown77did you see the size of her feet?

    why were you looking at her feet anyway? :) 
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    festerovic , May 19, 2011 7:38 PM
    This is just a lame attempt to subsidize slipping 360 sales with Win7 sales.
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    husker , May 19, 2011 7:38 PM
    "In one shot, with this great offer, Microsoft is giving students everything they need for a successful new school year."

    Everything? Everything?! What about things like books, tuition money, a place to live, food, transportation, mentors, a quiet place to study, etc.????

    Also, what does has having a game console have to do with being successful at school?
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    therandomuser , May 19, 2011 7:39 PM
    thrasher32The obvious question is why you'd need an xbox when you have a pc...

    To sell of course! That is, unless you actually use a PC for anything other than gaming. Even then, pairing "ultimate productivity" and "PC + XBox" is very laughable.
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    milktea , May 19, 2011 8:05 PM
    Yes PC+XBox very productive, especially with a GF like that in the picture... :D D
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    dj1001 , May 19, 2011 8:05 PM
    why no support for lenovo.com?
    this would be the icing on the cake for my Y570 order.
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    robochump , May 19, 2011 8:08 PM
    milkteaYes PC+XBox very productive, especially with a GF like that in the picture... D


    No doubt. Prolly have 1 hour a day for sleep and homework!
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    deltatux , May 19, 2011 8:10 PM
    ... meh, if they allow system builders like me on the deal then sure! I will not buy an OEM desktop... not spending money on crappy hardware lol. Though I could definitely use a new laptop though.... hmmm... lol
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    JOSHSKORN , May 19, 2011 8:11 PM
    No 360 plz. I'll just take the girl that's pictured. :D 
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    sliem , May 19, 2011 8:17 PM
    $700 PC is a gaming machine (not high end but it's still gaming)... and add xbox 360 to that will cause bad grades (unless with moderation). Yay.
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    bombat1994 , May 19, 2011 8:29 PM
    seriously y no thinkpads. i would love a good think pad and an xbox
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