Friday, May 18, 2012

Microsoft Renews Free Xbox 360 Back-To-School Promo

Microsoft has announced plans to renew its popular Xbox 360 back-to-school promotion, kicking off the deal this Sunday with an offer of a free Xbox 360 game console to eligible U.S. students who buy a new Windows 7 PC.

According to Microsoft's blog post the promotion will be fairly similar to last year's. To be eligible you'll need to be either a U.S. (or Canadian) high school or college students with proof of status -- a student ID card or an email address that ends in .edu. You must purchase a Windows 7 PC for $699 ($599 for Canada) or more from one of the qualifying retailers or the Microsoft store. Just like last year's promotion you will then receive a free 4GB Xbox 360.

For this year's promotion Microsoft has added a few more retailers to the mix. Participating retailers in the US include Best Buy,, Fry’s Electronics,, Microsoft Stores, and In Canada, they include Best Buy,, Future Shop, Staples and The Source.

To take advantage of this offer or for more information, check with participating retailers as they may have some special restrictions on availability. Students or their parents must provide valid student identification as defined by the participating retailer.

Depending on when you make your purchase of your new Windows 7 PC you may also qualify for a free or low cost upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when the new operating system launches later this year. Microsoft has not unveiled a Windows 8 upgrade program, but recent rumors have pegged an announcement to the first week of June.

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UPDATE 5/21: Find out more about this offer on the Windows Facebook Page at

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