The fact that Microsoft is offering a series of daily deals/discounts through their online and physical Microsoft Stores leading up to Christmas is not major news because they have done this for quite a few years.
However, there are two big differences this year with the annual tradition compared to years past.
The first is that the company has revealed all of the daily deals ahead of time instead of attempting to keep it under wraps. The entire list has always leaked out in the past so this puts Microsoft in control of the release.
Secondly, it looks like if you want to enjoy the majority of the discounts on software and services then you will need to get those in the physical stores and not online because they will be offered as in-store door busters in the U.S. and in-store door crashers in Canada instead.
Here is a rundown of the 12 Daily Deals (physical and online) for U.S. customers:
- Day 1: Save up to $1,000 on select Intel PCs starting at $199, available Monday, Dec. 5 only. Visit your local Microsoft Store that day for the in-store doorbuster deal of $50 off a JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, available for $19.99 to bring full, rich sound while on-the-go.
- Day 2: Save $100 on Lenovo Ideapad 110, only $199 on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Powered by Windows 10, the Signature Edition laptop comes with a 15.6-inch HD display and 4GB memory. If you visit your local Microsoft Store, you can take advantage of the in-store doorbuster deal of the biggest savings of the year on FitBit Blaze.
- Day 3: Save 50 percent on select Xbox One games. Take your pick of games that will be available for $19.99 on Wednesday, Dec. 7. And for music fans, visit your local Microsoft Store that day and get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of a 12-month subscription with Groove Music that lets you instantly stream and download millions of songs just about anywhere, on almost any device, online or off.
- Day 4: Save $250 on Surface Core M devices, offering some of the most productive devices on the planet for $649 on Thursday, Dec. 8. And if you visit your local Microsoft Store, you can get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of a 12-month subscription with Xbox Live Gold so you can get the most advanced multiplayer, free games, exclusive member discounts on games in the Xbox Store and more.
- Day 5: Save up to 70 percent on select Windows tablets, starting at $49, on Friday, Dec. 9. That day, your local Microsoft Store will offer the Lumia 650 for only $79 – a $120 savings.
- Day 6: Save up to $250 on the Windows Premium Collection, starting at $499, on Saturday, Dec. 10. Get the biggest savings of the year on Office 365 Home, offering the full Office experience on up to five devices, including all-new 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, along with 1TB of OneDrive, by visiting your local Microsoft Store.
- Day 7: Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card/code with the purchase of select Xbox Wireless Controllers on Sunday, Dec. 11. For those looking to take a console home too, you can save $120 on select Xbox One consoles (500GB) at your local Microsoft Store that day, available for $179.
- Day 8: Save $50 and get two free select games with select Xbox One consoles on Monday, Dec. 12. If you’re one of the first customers in line at your local Microsoft Store, you can get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.
- Day 9: Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card/code with the purchase of HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, offering some very real savings towards the gift of virtual reality, on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Try HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for yourself with a demo at select Microsoft Store locations. Make sure to also take advantage of some of the biggest savings of the year in store only on FitBit Charge HR.
- Day 10: Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799, on Wednesday, Dec. 14. You can also get Quantum Break, Halo 5 and Forza Motorsport 6 for only $19.99, as an in-store doorbuster deal at your local Microsoft Store.
- Day 11: Save up to 40 percent on select Dell PCs on Thursday, Dec. 15. These Signature Edition devices powered by Windows 10 will be available starting at $199. You can also save $150 on an Acer Jade Primo, powered by Windows 10, available for $299 as the in-store doorbuster deal.
- Day 12: Get a type cover with any Surface Pro 4 for up to $159.99 in savings, available on Friday, Dec. 16. Surface Pro 4 includes 4GB RAM, 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display and a Surface Pen. If you’re one of the first customers in line at your local Microsoft Store that day you can get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card.
On the Canadian list of the 12 Daily Deals you will see these variations:
- Day 4: Buy a select Surface Book and get a $100 promo code, an extended warranty and a sleeve.
- Day 8: Two free games with Xbox One consoles, and big savings on games and accessories.
- Day 12: Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4, plus get a free Type Cover (up to $359 value).
Note: This list does not include the differences in currency that have been adjusted for each country by Microsoft for their offers.
- Microsoft 12 Days of Deals (Canadian Offers)
- Microsoft 12 Days of Deals In-Store Door Crashers (Canadian Offers)
- Microsoft 12 Days of Deals (US Offers)
- Microsoft 12 Days of Deals In-Store Door Busters (US Offers)
By the way, anyone know why they are called door crashers in Canada instead of door busters like in the U.S.?