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This guide can help you buy the right device for the holidays

There’s something for everyone with devices from Microsoft and its partners.

Family of four -- mother, husband, teen son and daughter -- sitting on a couch looking at a silver laptop

If you’re shopping for your friends and family this holiday season, we’d like to help you with this guide to devices for everyone in your life – especially those who prefer to work or play on the go. No matter what you choose, you’ll find thinner and lighter devices that deliver flexibility (tablets, laptops, 2-in-1s), voice assistants (Cortana, far-field mics) and enough power to run Windows Mixed Reality. Gamers and creators in your life will also appreciate powerful CPUs and 4K touch displays, and the ability to deftly maneuver between typing on a keyboard and writing, drawing or sketching with a digital pen. For those who need to stay connected – without relying on Wi-Fi – there are more choices with longer battery life. You’ll even find devices do a lot, for less than you’d think you’d have to pay.

For the one who is on the go

  • The Acer Swift 5 weighs in at only 2.14 pounds with a sleek magnesium-lithium cover and distinct charcoal blue color. Power through everyday tasks, watch videos or surf the web with Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and tackle things on your to-do list with your digital assistant Cortana. Utilize the power of Windows Hello with the integrated fingerprint reader for more secure logins on the Swift 5, available from Amazon.com starting at $899.99.
  • Surface Laptop 2 provides personalized style in a sleek and accessible device with all-day battery life, same stunning touch screen as the Surface Go, and four tone-on-tone colors: Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, Platinum and Matte Black. Starting at $999 at the Microsoft Store.

Photo of a Surface Laptop 2 open, from above

  • Surface Go, now available with LTE Advanced, offers all the comforts of a laptop with the convenience of a 10-inch tablet. Surface Go delivers a small, 1.15 pound portable 2-in-1 form factor that adapts to the way you live. Whether at work, home or on the road, Surface Go runs Office365 and offers built-in Windows Hello for a more secure sign-in. Available from the Microsoft Store starting at $399.99.

Photo of a Surface Go, separated by the screen, typepad, pen and mouse

  • The Huawei MateBook X Pro opens new horizons with its FullView design, a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio ideal for watching movies and videos in 4K. It’s powered for creativity with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and up to 12 hours per charge* to create and play all day. Packed with great Windows features like Cortana and Windows Hello for more secure logins, you can get the MateBook X Pro on NewEgg starting at $1,199.

For the creators

  • The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 gives you the power to do whatever you want to do, wherever you want to do it. Powered by Intel’s 8th Generation Core processor with a 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen display, it is a creative’s delight. Use the innovative ScreenPad as a second display to use apps, play music, look at your calendar and more. Get it from Best Buy starting at $1,749.99.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Book2 keeps you productive without the dependency of Wi-Fi, thanks to its LTE connectivity. With Instant On, it starts up quickly so you can work and stream your favorite content while on the go. With its multi-workday battery life, S Pen and keyboard that come included in the box, you can get more work done from just about anywhere. Available on Samsung.com starting at $999.99.

For someone who needs to be hands-free

  • Surface Pro 6 offers all-day battery for up to 13.5 hour of work, fun or both. With best in class keyboard and trackpad and 67 percent faster than its predecessor, Surface Pro 6 offers the versatility you need to create and be productive from anywhere. The 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and multi-screen docking presents content beautifully and Surface Pro 6 now includes an 8.0 MP auto-focus camera and far field microphones, so you can ask Cortana questions from the next room. Now with new color options like matte black, check it out at the Microsoft Store starting at $899.99.

Photo of a Surface Pro 6 open, profile with the screen facing left

  • Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930 rewrites the rules of mobile productivity and creativity as the world’s thinnest and lightest dual-display laptop including a display built with E Ink. The versatile E Ink screen serves as a keyboard, notepad and eReader. It’s ultraportable at just 9.9mm at its thinnest when closed, and has up to 10-hour battery life and a Precision Pen for easy sketching and inking on either screen. Starting at $949.99, it is available on BestBuy.com and Lenovo.com.

For someone who enjoys flexibility

  • Get versatility and mobility with the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13. Its 13-inch display has ultra-narrow bezels on all four sides, giving a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio that allows a much more compact chassis design. With its 360°-flippable ErgoLift hinge, the latest Intel Core processors, active-stylus support, ZenBook Flip 13 is versatile, powerful and portable. Get it from Best Buy (model Q326FA) starting at $1,099.99.
  • The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is elegant at every angle, with a 360-degree hinge that allows you to work in four flexible positions: tablet, tent, laptop and stand modes with up to 8th Gen processors. Turn thoughts into actions with Windows Ink that allows you to capture notes, make edits and create content with the Dell Active Pen. Enjoy password-free sign-ins with Windows Hello using one touch or your face for recognition. Available from Dell.com starting at $999.99.
  • Enjoy a bold, new design with the HP Spectre Folio, crafted from leather and able to adapt to three different positions – laptop, tablet or tilted forward. With up to 18 hours of battery life and more than 4,000 levels of sensitivity with stylus support, you can create and play all day. Starting at $1,299.99, you can grab one on HP.com.

Photo of an HP Spectre Folio, open and facing left

For the gamer who seeks superior performance

  • Optimized for performance, the Alienware m15 provides quality and maximum mobility with its sleek design features a narrow side bezel to maximize screen space to view explosive action first. The new Alienware mSeries keyboard even features 1.4mm of key travel, anti-ghosting keys and four Alien-FX enabled zones to light up the room during any gameplay, while also supporting in game lighting reactions for over 150 game titles. Powered by 8th Generation Intel processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070 Max-Q graphics, this gaming rig is capable of VR and beyond. Available starting at $1,379.99 at Dell.com.

Photo of a red Alienware M15, open facing right

  • The Razer Blade 15 is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 6 core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics with Max-Q design for amazing gaming performance. Precision milled from solid aluminum, it has one of the smallest footprints of any 15.6-inch gaming laptop and is as thin as 0.66-inch making it lightweight and ultra-portable. It also features a Full HD display and dual storage in the Base Model versions, or users can step up to 144Hz refresh rates and a thinner design featuring a vapor chamber cooling system in the Advanced Model. Available from Razer.com starting at $1,599, and includes a digital copy of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ” until the end of the year.
  • Experience true 4K gaming with Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console and smallest Xbox ever built With Xbox One X, features like a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, 4K streaming with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision, premium audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support and services unique to the Xbox platform like Xbox Game PassXbox Live and Xbox One Backward Compatibility are at your fingertips, making Xbox One the best place to play. Get $50 off yours for a limited time, starting at $449 at Microsoft Store.

Photo of an Xbox One X console and controller

For the person who is always-connected

  • Lean, light and crafted from premium aluminum, the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) 2-in-1 convertible offers smartphone-like integrated LTE Advanced Pro connectivity and up to 25 hours of local video playback thanks to the power-efficient architecture of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform. Get creative with the optional Lenovo Pen and use the laptop as your canvas or notepad, with drawing and editing capabilities with Windows Ink. The Yoga C630 WOS is available at BestBuy.com and in store for $699 or $599 with a Verizon contract.
  • Be on the move but stay always-connected with the HP Envy x2. With up to 22 hours of battery life and 4G LTE connectivity, you get the best PC and tablet experience no matter where life takes you. Its detachable keyboard and magnetic hinge enables seamless transition from laptop to tablet mode. Enjoy note taking, drawing and more with Windows Ink and ask Cortana to tackle your to-do list. Get it from HP.com starting at $799.99.

Devices that do a lot for a little

  • Enjoy all day productivity and entertainment with the slim ASUS VivoBook Flip 14. With its 14-inch ASUS Nano Edge bezel, a full HD display fits into a larger frame. It’s packed with great features like one-touch logins with Windows Hello and an optimal ASUS pen for writing, drawing and more. The durable hinge rotates 360-degrees to change to the way you want to work. Available from Amazon.com starting at $635.99.

Photo of an Asus Vivobook Flip14 inverted, with the screen facing right

  • Colors come alive with the Acer Spin 1, which has FHD IPS display and Acer Color Intelligence and a 10-point touch feature that keeps you creative with the Acer Active Stylus. Lightweight and portable, it has a 360-degree hinge that provides four modes to create at every angle. Buy it from Acer.com starting at $329.99.

*Data is obtained by HUAWEI laboratories using continuous local 1080p video playback, 150 nits brightness, auto-dimming off, system audio level at 67 percent, Windows Update off, OneDrive off, pre-installed applications removed. Actual battery life will vary depending on configuration and maximum capacity will naturally decrease with time and usage.

Editor’s note: Added footnote for Huawei’s battery life after publication.
Editor’s note: Changed Huawei’s link to NewEgg after publication.

Updated December 5, 2018 1:11 pm

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TIDAL music streaming brings 60M songs to the Microsoft Store for Windows 10

Beginning today, you can download the TIDAL music streaming app for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store.

TIDAL logo

With more than 60 million tracks, 244,000 music videos, thousands of expertly curated playlists and hundreds of live events, TIDAL customers have access to an unparalleled music experience. Microsoft app users have the choice of a Premium membership for $9.99/month or HiFi membership for $19.99/month. Both subscription tiers give members access to an unlimited, ad-free listening experience while HiFi offers high fidelity, lossless sound quality – just as the musicians intended their work to sound.

More than just a streaming service, TIDAL members connect with their favorite artists in unique ways. In the past year alone, members have been able to attend intimate listening parties, events and livestreamed concerts with deadmau5, Jack White, Juanes, Kaskade, Lil Wayne, Miguel, Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj and more. Whatever soundtrack you need – a workout, party or just your favorite artists on repeat – the seasoned editorial team personally curates playlists for each occasion.

Each week, members can expect 360-degree immersion surrounding the most anticipated releases, with playlists showcasing the evolution, inspiration and samples that contributed to the project. Firmly grounded in the epicenter of culture, TIDAL offers original content, podcasts and playlists that are timed to key social and pop culture moments.

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Microsoft Pay is now available with Masterpass by Mastercard

Microsoft Pay now supports Masterpass by Mastercard, so that consumers can use their Microsoft account for fast and secure checkouts at their favorite retailers that accept Masterpass, without the need to reenter their information. This work further advances Mastercard and Microsoft’s shared goal to help optimize the payment experience for customers and merchants alike.

Microsoft Pay symbol

“We are deeply committed to powering a secure and optimized shopping experience that consumers and merchants deserve. Integrating technologies like Microsoft Pay with Masterpass will help the industry move to standards-based payments. Microsoft is a great partner and we will continue to collaborate with Microsoft to make shopping a better experience on all devices,” says Raj Dhamodharan, senior vice president of Digital Solutions at Mastercard.

Now U.S.-based consumers using the latest Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 devices can sign in to their Microsoft account and use Microsoft Pay to make secure purchases wherever Masterpass is accepted online. More broadly, Microsoft Pay allows for a seamless and convenient consumer experience within the Microsoft ecosystem, including paying bills in Outlook, and buying goods or services in apps or bots.

“We are always seeking to enhance our users shopping experience in a secure and simple manner and this latest release does that by leveraging the growing Masterpass network,” says Will White, partner group program manager at Microsoft. “We will continue to seek opportunities to enhance the shopping experience by leveraging standards and working with innovative partners like Mastercard.”

Microsoft Pay and the integration with Masterpass is another step forward in the continued effort to provide consumers with a Microsoft account – a fast and easy way to pay at more places than before.

Learn more about Microsoft Pay with Masterpass.

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6 great ways to score big during Ultimate Game Sale

Ultimate Game Sale* is back! Now is the perfect time to save big and upgrade your slowing gaming PC, stock up top-rated PC games, or pick up that new gaming keyboard and mouse at Microsoft Store. While Ultimate Game Sale is our biggest ever, you need to jump all over these deals now because the sale ends July 30.

1. Save up to 50 percent on more than 100 top-rated games for Windows

Save big on select Windows 10 games such as “State of Decay 2,” “Sea of Thieves,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection” and more. There’s more than 100 popular PC games on sale during Ultimate Game Sale and many support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10).

2. Save up to 60 percent on select gaming PCs and accessories

Screenshot of the Dell G3 15-inch gaming pc, with the lid open and screen facing to the right

Dell G3 15” Gaming PC

Discover great deals on more than 20 gaming PCs, keyboards, mice, headsets, and more including the following:

3. Save with great in-game deals on your favorite free-to-play games

Screenshots from three free-to-play games

Click on the image to see a video preview of these games

Looking to give your favorite game a boost or in need of a new game to keep you entertained this summer? With the return of the Ultimate Game Sale, you’ll find deals on select in-game content for your favorite free-to-play titles including “Cooking Fever,” “Nonstop Knight,” “Hill Climb Racing 2,” “Minecraft for Windows 10,” “Seekers Notes: Hidden Mysteries” and more.

4. Save up to $250 and take a giant leap into new worlds with select Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers

Ultimate Game Sale is a great time to save on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers from Acer and HP. Immerse yourself in a new reality that features a wide range of epic experiences. Select headsets with motion controllers start at $199 during the sale.

5. Save big on select Xbox games, consoles, accessories, and more

A trio of Xbox game covers: "NBA2K18," "State of Decay 2" and "Sea of Thieves"

If console gaming is more your speed, then Ultimate Game Sale is the perfect time to save up to 65 percent on more than 700 Xbox games including “Far Cry 5,” “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” “Fortnite: Save the World Founders Pack” and more.

Not yet an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member? There’s also huge savings on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass memberships during Ultimate Game Sale. Get 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for $10** or 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for $10**. Exclusions apply and promotional offers not valid for existing members.

6. Enter to win the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes

A photo of a woman wearing a unicorn horn is next to a game avatar, with icons representing the prize of the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes

Help us celebrate the return of Ultimate Game Sale with the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes! Whether it’s an accidental resemblance or the result of hours of cosplay, we know there’s a game character you look like — your doppelgamer. Share that resemblance by uploading your pic on Instagram or Twitter (or both) with the tags #UltimateDoppelgamer and #Sweepstakes, between July 17-30 to be entered for a chance to win a trip to PAX West in Seattle****. Learn more and check out the full rules.

Ultimate Game Sale already is in full swing, so visit your local Microsoft Store or shop online to take advantage of these deals before the sale ends July 30.

*Offers shown are available 7/19/2018 to 7/30/2018 on select items in Microsoft Store while supplies last. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions and limits may apply. Offers on gaming devices, accessories, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets are limited to the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 

 **After promotional period, Xbox Live Gold subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. 

***After promotional period, Xbox Game Pass subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. Subscription required to play games; catalog varies over time.

****No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 18+. Game ends 7/30/18. For details, see Official Rules.

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Find the perfect gift for dads and grads from Microsoft Store and our partners

June 7, 2018 9:00 am

Today, we’re highlighting gift ideas to help you find the perfect gift for the dad or grad in your life. From Xbox One S to Surface devices, here are 16 awesome deals for the dad or grad in your life.

A dad cooking dinner with his kids

With Father’s Day just around the corner and graduation season in full force, you won’t want to miss these steep discounts coming to Microsoft Store and other partner retailers this month! If your Dad or recent grad is a gadget geek, mark your calendar so you don’t miss out.  

Surface Book 2

1. Save up to $200 on select Surface Book 2 today through 6/16 in the US/PR.

Boy wearing headphones and holding an Xbox controller gaming on a PC.

2. Save up to $400 on select gaming PCs today through 6/24 in the US/CA.

Surface Pro sitting on a white desk.

3. Save $200 on select Surface Pro i5 beginning 6/10-6/30 in the US/PR.

Xbox One S

4. Save on select Xbox One S 1TB ($249) today through 6/23 in the US/PR.

Father and daughter sitting at table working on a PC.

5. Save up to $500 on select Windows 10 PCs today through 6/24 in the US/CA.

Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset

6. Save $100 on the Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset today through 6/16 in the US/PR/CA.

Belkin accessory

7. Save up to 50% on select Belkin accessories and more today through 6/24 in the US/CA.

JLab Audio Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds

8. Save $20 on the JLab Audio Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds in the US/PR, and $25 in CA today through 6/17.

Acer - Nitro 5 15.6" Laptop

9. Save $50 on the Acer – Nitro 5 15.6″ Laptop – Intel Core i5 at Best Buy today through 6/10 in the US.

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE

10. Save up to $150 on the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE today through 6/17 in the US at participating retailers including Amazon.

ASUS VivoBook K570

11. Save up to $50 on the ASUS VivoBook K570 today through 6/17 in the US at participating retailers including Amazon.

HP Spectre Laptop 13t

12. For a limited time in the US save up to $250 on the HP Spectre Laptop 13t and up to 25% on the HP ENVY Laptop X360 on HP.com from 6/17 to 6/23. You can check out even more great deals for dad from HP here.

Huawei MateBook X Pro

13. Get a $300 Microsoft Store gift card when you purchase the Huawei MateBook X Pro at Microsoft Store today through 6/10 in the US, China, and Western Europe.

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) 15’’

14. Save $100 on the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) 15’’ on Samsung.com from 6/10-6/16 and $100 off the Notebook 9 (2019) 13’’ model from 6/17-6/23 exclusively on Samsung.com.

Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga from

15. Save up to 28% in the US off the Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga from 6/14-6/20 on Lenovo.com.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen

16. Save 25% off all customized or Quickship Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen from 6/14-6/20 in the US at Lenovo.com.

Interested in even more great deals? Head over to Microsoft Store, in personoronline.

Find the perfect gift for dads and grads from Microsoft Store and our partners

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Updated June 7, 2018 10:44 am