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Microsoft’s 2013 Back to School Deal: Get 10% off any new Surface From The Microsoft Store

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While it’s not as nice as last year’s buy a PC and get an Xbox 360 deal or even this year’s Apple deal, Microsoft’s new back to school deal may make purchasing that new computer a bit cheaper. Well, so long as that new computer is a Surface.

Microsoft’s online store is offering 10% off on any new Surface (the Pro with full Windows 8 and the recently discounted Surface RT), as well as 10% off any Surface accessories like the cool “click on” Touch or Type covers. With this deal you’d be getting a new Surface RT with a Type cover for a little over $400 (usually $450) or a Surface Pro 64GB for around $810 (usually $900). This discount also works for accessories like headphones, speakers, cases, mice and any other things you’d buy to help accessorize your Surface. Sadly this 10% discount looks to be Surface-only and doesn’t seem to work if you’re looking to buy a regular laptop made by any other company from the Microsoft Store.

In addition to this 10% off Surface deal, the Microsoft Store is also offering the same Office 365 deal being offered by Staples and Best Buy: buy a touch-enabled PC and you’ll get Office 365 University free for 4 years. This Office deal does include touchscreen laptops made by other companies like Lenovo, Samsung and HP but for some reason doesn’t seem to apply to the Surface Pro (at Best Buy and Staples you can get Office 365 University free for 4 years even if you buy a Surface Pro over a touchscreen laptop).

Both deals need you to verify that you are a college student by using the .edu email address provided to you by your school. For the Surface deal you can do this before you buy by heading over to this site, while if you’re taking advantage of the free Office deal at the Microsoft Store you’ll be prompted to verify your student ID at check out. For all the info head on over to the Back to School section of the Microsoft Store.

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Microsoft Drops The Surface RT Price To $350– But Should You Care?

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Last year Microsoft did something radically different when it came to new PCs. In addition to releasing the more touch friendly Windows 8 and Windows RT, they announced their own Surface line of tablets to go with it. These Windows tablets were designed and made by Microsoft directly– not HP, Lenovo, Acer, Dell or any other Windows PC maker and they have nice designs and some cool keyboard covers that “click” in (like in these ads for the Surface that were seemingly everywhere earlier this year). Over the weekend Microsoft dropped the price of the 32GB Surface RT down to $350, and the 64GB Surface RT down to $450 (both a discount of $150). With back-to-school season approaching this would seem like a great deal, but you may want to wait before you buy a new Surface RT.

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Now Is One of the Worst Times To Buy A New Computer

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With the end of the spring semester, graduations and the school year in general coming to a close over the next couple of weeks you may think that now would be a good time to buy a new computer. Graduation gifts and early back-to-school deals make that idea seem even better. Well put simply, it’s just the opposite and buying a new computer now is something you should really try not to do regardless if the next computer you plan to get is a Mac or Windows. Here’s why.

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Windows 8 Gets Expensive Tomorrow, Make Sure To Upgrade For Cheap While You Still Can

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Windows 8 has been around since last October, and at just $40 it is a solid upgrade. We still like Windows 8, but tomorrow it’s about to see a major price jump all the way up to $200. You see, back in October when Windows 8 launched, Microsoft offered the Windows 8 Pro upgrade at a special price of just $40 for a limited time. Tomorrow, February 1st, is the day when that “limited time” officially ends. Even if you’re still on the fence about upgrading your Windows XP, Vista or 7 computer to Windows 8 it may be worth looking into buying the upgrade tonight while its $160 cheaper.

Now for students this price jump won’t be as steep as Microsoft will be offering Windows 8 Pro to any US college student or faculty with a .edu email address (so college students only) for $70. That’s still $30 more than the “limited time” pricing but it’s still much better then what you would be spending if you aren’t in college.

In other student news, Microsoft has also announced that starting on February 18th they will be doing a campus tour, visiting over 150 colleges across the US to show off the latest Windows 8 PCs and tablets. To see when they will be visiting a campus near you check out Microsoft’s site here.

To get in on the Windows 8 $40 pricing, head over to the Microsoft Store here.

More info: Microsoft

Cyber Monday Deal of The Day: 14 inch HP ENVY From Best Buy for $550

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Still looking for a good deal on a new computer after Black Friday? Well, tomorrow is Cyber Monday, the internet’s version of Black Friday just without all of this. Like with Black Friday, most major stores– Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, TigerDirect, Target, Staples etc.– will be having big online deals. Unlike Black Friday though a lot of these deals haven’t been announced in advance (Amazon for example won’t start unveiling their deals until midnight EST). Best Buy however has some of their deals up, including what already looks to be one of the best deals we’ll see: an $800 14 inch HP Envy ultrabook for $550.

This HP Envy 14 has pretty much everything you would want in a good Windows 8 laptop: an Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports (with one more USB 2.0 port. USB 3.0 means things like backing up your computer to an external hard drive or copying over pictures and videos will go much faster. All USB 3 ports will also work with all older USB cables and devices), and a battery HP says will get you around 7 hours. This also has a 14 inch HD touchscreen so you can get the most out of Windows 8 (though you can’t disconnect it or bend it all the way back to use it like a tablet). Basically, this should be more than fine for doing things like going online, watching videos, writing papers, or using apps.

We’ll keep our eyes out for more good Cyber Monday deals. In the meantime, you can check out this Best Buy deal here.

Via: PC World

 

Windows 8: What’s New, What’s Different and What It Means To You

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Later this week Microsoft will release Windows 8, their latest and greatest version of Windows. Unlike all earlier versions of Windows, Windows 8 is pretty much a complete re-working of the Windows we have today. It isn’t just a few speed improvements and some nicer looking graphics (though it does have those too).

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s view for the future of the computer, but before you run out and buy a new PC, or upgrade your current one, read on. We’ll explain what’s new and different here and what it means for you.

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Back To School 2012: Why You Should Hold Off On Buying That New Computer

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With school right around the corner and back to school shopping in full swing, it’s very tempting to go out and buy that new computer, phone or tablet. Stores such as Staples, Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy are all strongly advertising their back to school and Labor Day deals (in addition to the usual deals from Microsoft and Apple).

But while the deals may be great, we think you really might want to hold off on dropping a lot of money on those new gadgets. You see, the technology industry is right now in state of major updates. Pretty much every group of device– from Windows and Mac computers, to iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, to the iPad and Kindle tablets– are due for major upgrades over the coming months. And when we say major upgrades we mean major upgrades. Read the rest of this entry

Microsoft Brings Back Their Back-To-School Deal– But Is It Worth It?

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Well it’s that time of year again. Yup, the school year is almost over, summer vacation is just weeks away and you know what that means: time for back-to-school deals to begin. Last year at this time Microsoft was just taking the wraps off of their back-to-school Windows PC deal and it was so good that this year their bringing it back. Yes, Microsoft will be giving away free 4 GB Xbox 360s with all new PC purchases of $699 or higher as well as a $15 upgrade to the all new Windows 8 when it comes out later this yearAnd like last year this deal applies to both high school and college students and all you gotta do to get this offer is show your Student ID if your buying in a store or a enter your .edu email address if you’re buying online (this is the email address your college gives you once you enroll).

Unlike last year however, this deal is available in more stores than just the Microsoft Store and Best Buy. In fact Best Buy, Dell.com, Fry’s Electronics, HPDirect.com, Microsoft Stores, and NewEgg.com are all partaking in this years deal.

windows 8 samsung series 5 hybrid 1The Samsung Series 5 Windows 8 Hybrid– one of the many new tablet/laptops you can expect later this year (pic via The Verge)

Now here’s the real question– is this deal worth it? Usually we’d say its a pretty much no brainer of a deal– I mean, you’re getting a brand new computer AND a free Xbox– but with Windows 8 coming later this year things are a bit more complicated. Windows 8 is a major upgrade over Windows 7, with one of its biggest updates being it’s completely optimized for tablets. Now that’s not to say that it doesn’t work well on “traditional” mouse and keyboard computers that don’t have touchscreens, just that later this year we can expect all new computers that look to combine the best of a tablet and a laptop (like the upcoming Samsung in the pic above. Think of it as having all the best of a tablet– apps, awesome battery life and really thin designs– combined with all the power of a normal Windows PC). So for $700-$800 you can get a full Windows computer AND a very good tablet in one.

The downside to this of course is that Windows 8 PCs and tablets aren’t expected to come out until September or October (or around the time school actually starts), so if you’re looking for a new PC we really would recommend to try to wait until then (and if you’re planning on buying a Mac we’d also recommend waiting a week as Apple is rumored to be updating its entire Mac line next Monday at their annual WWDC conference). If you need a new computer right now and can’t wait, then by all means this is stll a solid deal, if not for the Xbox then for the fact that you’ll get Windows 8 for just $15.

Again though, if you can, try to hold out a couple more months– trust us, it’ll be worth it.

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8– What You Need To Know

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As we slowly approach back to school season we know a lot of you are debating between getting a new computer or perhaps continuing to use your current one and looking at the thinner, more portable tablets (like the iPad 2, Xoom, Galaxy Tab, PlayBook etc.) instead. Microsoft hasn’t really had a good tablet OS to answer to the iPad and those other tablets, and while they won’t have an answer for those looking for a Windows tablet for this back to school season, last week they showed off the first glimpses of Windows 8, the next generation of Windows and the first version of Windows to really focus on being completely used by touch.

So what exactly is Windows 8 and what does this mean for anyone buying a new Windows 7 PC today? Read on.

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