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So long study habits, we hardly knew ye

Microsoft has announced a new back-to-school deal for students that will land the students a computer and an Xbox 360 game console for one low price. The deal is good even if handing a student a free Xbox 360 isn't likely to help their grades.

The deal will see the student get a free 4GB Xbox 360 game console with the purchase of a Windows 7 computer that costs at least $699. Microsoft says that the deal is good on any computer meeting that price point, but it recommends the Dell Inspiron 14r or the Samsung Series 9 machines for students.

The way the student is verified as qualifying for the deal depends on where the computer is purchased. Students ordering online will need an .edu email address. Students that buy in stores will need a valid student ID to purchase. The offer will start May 22 and the end date will vary by retailer according to Microsoft. Similar deals will be coming to France and Canada as well. 

“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.”

It's not clear exactly how the free Xbox 360 comes to the buyer. It is likely that the Xbox 360 comes via a mail-in offer, but Microsoft isn't clear on that. There is a remote chance that the Xbox is given when the computer is purchased.

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By MegaHustler on 5/20/2011 10:20:27 AM , Rating: 4
Microsoft is giving students everything they need for a successful new school year.

Really? I strongly suspect they will also need pizza, snacks and cola to go with that PC+Xbox combo. It's all about the upselling.

RE: Funny
By DanNeely on 5/20/2011 10:47:13 AM , Rating: 3
By "cola" do you mean "barley pop"?

RE: Funny
By cjohnson2136 on 5/20/2011 10:50:26 AM , Rating: 4
or natty lite

RE: Funny
By AstroCreep on 5/20/2011 11:22:11 AM , Rating: 2
No, Natty Ice; more ABV. ;)

RE: Funny
By cjohnson2136 on 5/20/2011 11:24:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hahaha, I actually don't drink any natty so I didn't know.

RE: Funny
By AstroCreep on 6/7/2011 7:30:30 PM , Rating: 2
I don't either, but in my late teen/college years I had friends who would buy that because it had a higher-content and was cheaper than most of the other "Standard" beers.

RE: Funny
By crispbp04 on 5/23/2011 9:36:59 AM , Rating: 2
As long as it's a "LITRE OF COLA" and not a "LARGE FARVA"

RE: Funny
By Samus on 5/23/2011 8:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
Just another f'you to Sony!

RE: Funny
By sleepeeg3 on 5/21/2011 7:58:11 PM , Rating: 2
...and by "successful" they really mean "mediocre." They might as well also throw in a free XBox Live account and copy of Halo 3 to ensure a solid 2.0 GPA.

By InvertMe on 5/20/2011 10:22:06 AM , Rating: 2
I was just about to buy my mum a new laptop. Looks like I will be a xbox in addition to her getting a new PC.

RE: Sweet
By finbarqs on 5/20/2011 11:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
what if I built the PC?

RE: Sweet
By faster on 5/20/2011 2:25:40 PM , Rating: 1
Yea Right! I spent $2000 on a machine I built and It runs a dual boot XP and Windows 7. Wheres my xbox?

Course, my 560i may game a littler harder than that xbox.

In fact, Microsoft probably just wants to make sure that the machines these demographic people purchase (parents buying for kids)are purchased at the $699 price point where the computers don't have great graphics cards for gaming. That will force the kids into the console.

RE: Sweet
By piroroadkill on 5/21/2011 5:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
$699 and up... I don't see how this can be seen so goddamn cynically.

"Microsoft gives students free 360"

"Fucking Microsoft"

RE: Sweet
By tayb on 5/21/2011 9:19:40 PM , Rating: 5
$2,000 gaming pc....


$700 laptop that includes an Xbox 360 and $1,300 cash.

...tough decision...

I guess I won't be able to "game as hard."

RE: Sweet
By invidious on 5/23/2011 3:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
Fine tastes aren't for everyone.

RE: Sweet
By callmeroy on 5/23/2011 4:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
To each their own...your logic can be applied to most purchases...

Why do people HAVE to buy expensive cars when a $25,000 econo job gets you to point B just as well?

Why do people HAVE to buy expensive homes when cheaper ones can be just as nice if you clean and maintain them?

Its about personal choice and liking the indulgence.

PC games are still offering the overall best selection and variation of game experiences...and hands down the best looking games are on higher end pc's...finally tell one ONE good highly detailed MMO that exists on consoles...if you say Final Fantasy -- I'm starting to laugh already...just so you know.

Keep your .edu email addresses active.
By Captain Orgazmo on 5/20/2011 5:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks to my .edu email address still being active 3 years after graduating I've gotten Win 7 Pro for $40 and Office 2007 Ultimate for $65 or something. Apparently the email account was supposed to go inactive 1 year after graduating but it's still workin fine. It just so happens I'm in the market for a new laptop now too :) Thank you Microsoft!

RE: Keep your .edu email addresses active.
By hans007 on 5/20/2011 7:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
ucla , as the class of 2003 senior gift lets you keep yours forever. it has been the gift that keeps on giving.

By Taft12 on 5/22/2011 10:10:22 AM , Rating: 3
That's "gift" cost around $100,000!

By callmeroy on 5/23/2011 4:13:40 PM , Rating: 2
Hell , I've been using uni copies of office 2007 enterprise for years...and I didn't even go to the uni its work associates did and they give out the install to just about all their friends since apparently there is no license key required and its full blown enterprise edition...

Great Marketing
By tng on 5/21/2011 4:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
My theory is that someone at MS figured out that if you can afford a $699 computer you are more likely to be able to afford games and a XBL subscription.

I have a company that I work with that gives the equipment they make away for practically free.... Just as long as the supplies you use on that equipment for the next 10 years are bought from them. Great business model.

RE: Great Marketing
By bety on 5/21/2011 6:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, certainly MS counts on those things....console prices have never been big profit makers....

In addition though, I wonder if MS is trying to stem the tide of Mac use in University students. I've never seen stats on it, but frankly, I am constantly shocked at the numbers of University students I see using Macs. (at least in my country) And even among many PC users I talk to, many express a desire to have a Mac/wanted a Mac/will be getting a Mac...

RE: Great Marketing
By tng on 5/23/2011 10:58:16 AM , Rating: 2
If you just want to grab something off the shelf, plug it in and run with it, then a Mac might be for you.

If you want to learn something and dig into what a computer really can do, get a PC.....

I really don't know this for sure, but do you think that Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame did all of his work on a Mac? Maybe he did , but I bet it was a PC.

Most serious business use is on PC, lots of software compatibility issues with Macs and allot of software that is common to business use as well is not really well set up to run on Macs...

The only thing that I have seen Macs excel at is graphic arts type of applications. Most of the graphic artists that I have met run high powered Macs.

And with any $699 Linux machine
By SiliconJon on 5/20/2011 10:20:20 AM , Rating: 2
Do I get a free PS3, minus it's other OS option of course???

I can't help it - I'm retarded.

By Net Junkie on 5/20/2011 11:49:52 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, but who spends over $500 on a Linux machine. :)

The fine print is not so clear
By SkyBum on 5/23/2011 6:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
Here is the fine print from the offer's not crystal clear if it is 16-19 age verified OR .edu address or both. I'm assuming the .edu address is sufficient for the online promotion while the age requirement is for the retail store promotion...

*Get a free Xbox 360 4GB console with the purchase of a Windows® 7 PC $699 or more, at participating retailers in the US from 5/23-9/3 or while supplies last. Verification of student status required. See participating retailers for full details.

** Limited time offer valid in the U.S. on eligible products only thru 11:59 p.m. PT on 9/10/2011, or while supplies last. Only available for students age 16-19 and/or with a valid .EDU email address. Eligible students will be given a promo code when .EDU email address is confirmed and / or their age, 16-19, is confirmed, which must be entered at checkout to receive the discount . Promo code valid for purchase of a single PC only. Not valid on previous orders. Offer cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or combined with any other offer or promotion. Discount applies before any applicable taxes, shipping or other fees.

On select Windows PCs
By oopyseohs on 6/1/2011 6:33:11 PM , Rating: 2
There is a very limited range of PCs that qualify for this. There are some good options, but it certainly doesn't mean you can just get any Dell/HP for $700 and get a free Xbox.

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