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May 19, 2011

Students, We’ve Got You Covered

While the current school year is coming to a close, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to next year. Are you about to head to college this fall for the first time? Planning another year on campus?  Worried what next year has in store? Wondering what you’ll need, how you’ll succeed or what fun adventures will be around the corner?  We can’t predict the future but here at Microsoft, we’ve come up with a way to help you succeed in the coming year, while building on the fun and friendships that are key to your life.  And starting May 22nd for a limited time, we are bringing students a very special offer.

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

You can buy any kind of PC (selection of eligible PC’s will vary by participating retailer), 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 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 retailers including, (05/26) or Microsoft Store. 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.

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.

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.

**Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately) required for Xbox 360 online multiplayer.

Updated on 05/23.