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.