(BlackMediaScoop) Microsoft is looking to pump up sales of Windows-powered computers this summer by offering students a free Xbox 360 video game console with a qualifying PC purchase.
Students who cop a PC for at least $699 in the U.S. will receive a free 4GB Xbox 360 and it does not come with the Kinect controller.
Purchases must be made from participating retailers including Best Buy, Dell.com, Fry’s Electronics, HPDirect.com, Microsoft Stores and NewEgg.com in the U.S.
Depending on when students purchase a Windows PC to get an Xbox, they may be eligible for a free 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, when the company also will debut Windows 8 Release Preview, the OS’s final public milestone.
This is the second year running that Microsoft beat Apple to the back-to-school punch. Apple, which has a longer history of offering deals to students. Last year they gave students $100 gift cards for the purchase of a computer, you can expect their deal later next month.
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