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Microsoft Offering Students A Free Xbox 360 With PC Purchase

by Rainier on May 20, 2011 @ 6:07 a.m. PDT

Microsoft has kicked off a new campaign to promote its Xbox 360, offering student a free Xbox 360 4GB when they purchase a PC of $699 value or greater.

When students buy a Windows 7 PC over $699, they will receive a FREE Xbox 360.

You can buy any kind of PC, although we recommend a few specifically for students like the HP Pavillion DM4 a great entertainment system on the go, the Dell Inspiron 14r a stylish powerful 14” PC, and the Samsung Series 9 a computer that has been described as looking like it is about to rocket off the runway. Ask Ben the PC guy, he has one! If you are still trying to figure out what might be the best option for you, you can use the PC Scout, an  interactive app available on windows.com that helps you find a perfect match.

If you have a .edu email address you can purchase your new PC through one of our participating online retailers. 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 a participating retail location. Check with your chosen retailer for additional specifics they may have in place.

Once you are set up with the perfect PC for school and play, there is still more! With this offer, you get an Xbox 360 4GB console with your Windows 7 PC purchase over $699 - no cost and no strings! While a Windows 7 PC is perfect for staying connected to your social networks, surfing the web, gaming and streaming videos, music and more, when you add the power of Xbox 360, you've got a world of entertainment at your fingertips. You'll never lack for opponents with the huge network of gamers playing on PCs and Xbox 360 consoles**, so it's easy to find friends or players at your level. And it's easy to stream music, TV and more from your PC directly to your Xbox 360.

The offer is available in the United States starting May 22, so you'll have to wait a few days until you can rush into the store. End dates vary by retailer so shop early! It's also coming soon in France and Canada (May 27 and is for HPs over $599.)

"Working with our partners, we've put together a great deal for students, with a new eligible Windows 7-based PC and a free Xbox 360," said Aaron Coldiron, Windows - Consumer Lead, Microsoft Canada. "It's an ultimate productivity, social and entertainment package, offering students everything they need for a successful new school year."

Remember you're not the only one heading to college. Get ready to be the coolest kid on your dorm floor with a killer new Windows 7 PC and an Xbox 360 - all you really need for college.

*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.

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