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Microsoft Offering 12 Months Xbox Live Gold with Office 365

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But the offer isn't available to U.S. shoppers.

The majority of students require some kind of productivity suite to complete their assignments for school. However, Microsoft knows that students also like to let loose with a little Xbox action, too. As such, the company is bundling one with the other and offering those that buy an Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription or Office 365 University 12 months of Xbox Live Gold for free.

Availing of the offer is pretty simple. All you have to do is purchase and activate an Office 365 Home Premium annual or Office University subscription between July 18 (that's today, guys) and September 28, 2013. Then you'll be able to retrieve your Xbox Live Gold code by signing in with the Microsoft account email and pass you used to set up your subscription (you'll have until October 31 to get your code). Once you do that, you just need to redeem the code via Xbox Live. Easy peasy.

Unfortunately, it seems this offer isn't a worldwide one and it looks like U.S. gamers are going to miss out on this one. The deal is available in Canada, but not the United States. Other countries getting the offer are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.

Also, while it's it's important to note that while Microsoft is billing this as an awesome offer for students, you don't need to be a student to take advantage of this one.

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    back_by_demand , July 18, 2013 9:54 AM
    Office 365 is $100 a year, Xbox Live is $50 a year, this is a fantastic offer however anyone tries to negatively spin this
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    internetlad , July 18, 2013 9:58 AM
    You're in college and need office? Play more xbox, why not.
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    stevejnb , July 18, 2013 9:59 AM
    Demand, Office 365 is $100 for a bunch of web apps, a lot of which you get free with an outlook account anyways. To actually get Office, you're paying well over twice that per year.

    Good deal if you really want Office 365, but, it's a cherry on top of an overpriced sundae.
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    back_by_demand , July 18, 2013 10:21 AM
    Steve, there are technical differences between the free apps and full 365, if you need the extra functionality it is worth the money. There are people that will already be buyers of both, and $50 for free is very welcome
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    DRosencraft , July 18, 2013 10:26 AM
    So they basically excluded the largest Xbox market from this deal... yeah. Hope everyone else enjoys it, for what's it worth.
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    back_by_demand , July 18, 2013 10:36 AM
    USA may be the highest on a country basis, but is dwarfed by the others combined.
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    vmem , July 18, 2013 11:13 AM
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    USA may be the highest on a country basis, but is dwarfed by the others combined.


    still strange that the USA is excluded. either office 365 is selling really well here (which I haven't noticed), or something else is going on. it is their home turf after all
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    dextermat , July 18, 2013 11:52 AM
    Nice try m$ nice try
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    gsxr1181 , July 18, 2013 12:40 PM
    OpenOffice + PS3/PS4 = Extra green in my wallet.

    No thanks Micro$oft..
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    littleleo , July 18, 2013 2:04 PM
    Sounds like they found away to make students ask for Office 365, it must not have be selling well for MS to do this. Have you read the reviews for the new MS office suites 2013 & 365. Is it possible something else from MS is even more unpopular then Windows 8?
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    littleleo , July 18, 2013 2:09 PM
    Sounds like they found away to make students ask for Office 365, it must not have be selling well for MS to do this. Have you read the reviews for the new MS office suites 2013 & 365. Is it possible something else from MS is even more unpopular then Windows 8?
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    littleleo , July 18, 2013 2:12 PM
    When did Hong Kong become a country? LOL !!
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    squirrelboy , July 18, 2013 3:27 PM
    OR you just get steam and LibreOffice both for free :D 
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    ikefu , July 18, 2013 5:46 PM
    It was confirmed to work in the US at Engadget. So no lock out for US residents.
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    elexor , July 19, 2013 12:59 AM
    xbox live is a joke. pay a subscription for what?.. matchmaking?