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Announcing Microsoft Store back to school deals that begin today

Starting July 7 through September 17, your local Microsoft Store is offering savings on best-in-class products for back to school.

Before heading back to school or setting out on that first job search, there is a moment where the excitement, hope for the future and desire to learn is empowering, and Microsoft Store is the best place to discover and purchase the technology to help you achieve more. Starting July 7 through September 17, your local Microsoft Store is offering savings on best-in-class products, including the well-crafted Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book to help students and young professionals start new adventures and make ideas happen. Microsoft Store offers a 10 percent discount for students, faculty, and staff currently attending or working at a higher education institution in the U.S.

Two young students at Microsoft Store interacting with a Microsoft Surface.

Below are the deals available to help students and new professionals make their ideas happen:

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 shown with blue Type Cover and Surface Pen.

  • Get a Surface Pro 4 and a black type cover for $999, $899 for students*: Surface Pro 4 is powered by Intel Core processors and Windows 10 – with features like Paint 3D, game broadcasting, Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge and more. Surface Pro 4 combines the portability and performance of a laptop to enable the creator in all of us. With its unmatched versatility as a tablet or a laptop, it’s perfect for students, teachers and anyone who needs to get things done on the go, with a sleek and light form factor. With Microsoft Store’s Recycle for Rewards, customers can also trade in their old devices including laptops, tablets, phones and gaming consoles for up to $850 off a new Surface Pro or Surface Laptop**. Additionally, students and teachers get Office 365 for Education for free, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, with additional classroom experiences. All you need to get started is a valid school email address.

Microsoft Surface Book shown with Surface Pen.

  • Save up to $150 on Surface Book: Surface Book is the ultimate laptop combining the power of a high-performance laptop with the versatility of a tablet. Surface Book enables people to do what they need to work with professional-grade software, anywhere they want.
  • Receive a 3-month Groove membership with any Surface purchase: Surface devices are well-crafted, beautiful devices that help people get stuff done, and with a Groove membership, you will have access to millions of ad-free songs, custom and expert-curated playlists and artist radio.
Dell XPS 15 powered by Windows 10.

Dell XPS 15 powered by Windows 10.

Lenovo Yoga 910 powered by Windows 10.

Lenovo Yoga 910 powered by Windows 10.

  • Get creative with a free Intel Software Starter Pack with eligible PCs: Receive the software bundle, worth $429, with seven apps centering around creativity, entertainment, and productivity when you purchase an eligible PC, including Dell XPS 15, Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360, and Lenovo Yoga 910.

Technology not only helps to inspire your best ideas, but also helps take those ideas, and make them a reality! Visit your local Microsoft Store and microsoft.com for the best-in-class products to start a school year or first job off on the right foot. Need help finding the right fit? Microsoft Store’s knowledgeable and friendly associates are on hand to help, support and make recommendations that best fit your technology needs. Customers can learn how to make the most of their technology at the Microsoft Store with personal training, workshops, and more.

Happy shopping!

  • Deals begin on July 7 and are available at local Microsoft Store and microsoft.com, while supplies last. Unit limit per customer will also vary.
  • Surface Pro 4 bundle offer runs through September 19.
  • *With valid student ID.
  • **Based on the appraised value of the trade-in device.
  • Surface Book offer runs through July 15 and Groove membership offer runs through September 17.
  • Intel creativity software starter pack offer runs through August 31.
  • Xbox One S console offer runs through August 30.
  • Valid in the U.S. only at Microsoft retail and microsoft.com
  • For local store hours visit this link

Microsoft and Steelcase unlock creativity at work

Today, I’m excited to announce that Steelcase and Microsoft are joining forces to reimagine the modern workplace by integrating the best of Microsoft Surface devices into the architecture of Steelcase. We are unveiling five new “Creative Spaces” to help companies revolutionize their workplaces, both physically and digitally. Creative Spaces are designed to help people better harness their own creative potential, transfer their creativity into their work and improve how they collaborate with their teams. Creative Spaces unlock people’s imaginations and optimize their interactions with both their teammates and Surface devices, unleashing the full capabilities of Windows 10 and Office 365.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

Creativity as a transformative asset

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers 2016 CEO Survey cited creativity as one of the key skills needed for employees today. Furthermore, CEOs have said creativity is the most challenging skill to recruit and retain in employees. Visionary business leaders know that in order to succeed in tomorrow’s economy, where productivity will be a given, they need to solve this problem by unlocking the creativity of their employees and then infusing that ingenuity into their company’s products, solutions, and business strategy.

Surface devices with Windows 10 exist to inspire and enable people to create more at home, school, work or anywhere else in their world. Steelcase is a global leader in workplace design and architecture and has designed innovative workplaces for more than 100 years.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

Together, Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

This is not simply about creating new desks, chairs or conference rooms. This is about two committed partners coming together to reimagine what the workplace of the future will look like, paying close attention to the constantly evolving rhythm of people’s days, and creating physical spaces to help individuals and teams optimize their creative potential.

Introducing Creative Spaces

The first phase of the collaboration is the launch of new workspace environments designed with both space and technology in mind: Creative Spaces. Steelcase will showcase Creative Spaces in 10 of their WorkLife Centers worldwide including, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Munich and London, with additional international markets to come. Creative Spaces are available exclusively through Steelcase.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

Throughout a typical work day, people alternate between individual work, shoulder-to-shoulder work, and group work. Here’s a look at how Creative Spaces help to make the transitions between “me” time and “we” time seamless:

Select Steelcase dealers become Surface Hub resellers

We are also happy to announce that starting today select Steelcase dealers in the United States and Canada will start reselling Surface Hubs to their customers, with the United Kingdom and Germany coming online this Summer. Together we plan to announce additional markets in 2017.

More to come

Last, but not least, in the coming months, Steelcase will announce new technology-enabled workplace solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology. These solutions will provide companies with analytics that improve workplaces and solutions to help employees find the best places to do diverse types of work within the office.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

At Microsoft, we are proud to work with great partners, like Steelcase, who share our vision and understand the need for business leaders to look at their company’s digital transformation journey’s holistically. Digital transformation does not happen simply by procuring new devices or installing a new meeting room. Business Decision Makers and CXOs must work together to analyze and anticipate the needs of their employees and create scenarios – both digitally and physically – that help their most valuable assets, their teams, create and thrive.

For additional information you can visit this link on Creative Spaces and the partnership between Microsoft and Steelcase, you can also visit steelcase.com/creativity.

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with big savings at Microsoft Store

Customers shopping at the Microsoft Store

Presidents’ Day weekend is here, and so are some great deals on a few of Microsoft Store’s best tech finds. Starting today through Monday, Feb. 20, Microsoft Store locations across the US and microsoftstore.com are offering discounts on best-in-class products, including stunning Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Windows 10 PCs and Xbox games. Make the most of your long weekend and visit your local Microsoft Store or microsoftstore.com for more details.

Here are just a few great deals for major savings:

All deals are available while supplies last. Visit your nearest local Microsoft Store or microsoftstore.com.

Happy shopping!

  • The Presidents’ Day Sale will be offered while supplies last. Unit limit per customer will also vary
  • Valid in the US only at Microsoft retail and microsoftstore.com
  • In-store offers are available starting at the time the store opens until close. For local store hours visit microsoftstore.com/locations

Why PhD student Soon Flynn loves his Surface Pro 4

“My Surface is the only means I have to express myself outside of my head to the physical world – seriously; it makes such a big difference to my life and my studies.  As a person with Autism it’s an imperative tool to communicate with others.” – Soon Flynn, Ph.D. student studying Biology at Arizona State University.

Working in Kathleen Pigg’s Ph.D. Lab, Soon is blowing up a photo to examine the smaller details such as venation and margins on the acer samaras fossil then adding it to his PDF presentation for National Fossil Day in Republic Washington.  

Working in Kathleen Pigg’s Ph.D. Lab, Soon is blowing up a photo to examine the smaller details such as venation and margins on the acer samaras fossil then adding it to his PDF presentation for National Fossil Day in Republic Washington.

Soon got his Surface Pro 4 when he joined ASU as a doctoral student and he knew exactly why he wanted one.

“The size, portability and picture quality is perfect! Just the right amount of space to work on what I need with the portability of a tablet. I needed it to handle Adobe Photoshop on the side in addition to my assistive technology such as ZoomText and Jaws. I needed a computer that could handle computing and match my active lifestyle without weighing too much or decelerating me”.

Soon is a very determined student with a bubbly personality and a positive outlook on life, something that is both surprising and inspiring when you get to know more about his background. Soon grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, and experienced a tough childhood through both his adoption from Korea and his time at school where he battled multiple illnesses and poverty. But Soon stayed true to his passion for biology – all stemming from his love for trees when he was a child, often wondering how they grew and what their history was (every tree has a story!). Having started as an undergrad at ASU for two years, Soon skipped his M.A. and went straight to a PhD program – looking at fossils of the Acer family (Maple trees) where there could be a new undescribed species.

Having started as an undergrad at ASU for two years, Soon skipped his M.A. and went straight to a PhD program – looking at fossils of the Acer family (Maple trees) where there could be a new undescribed species.

The power and touch capabilities of a Surface Pro 4 enables Soon to use programs like Abode Photoshop, LightRoom, Acrobat Pro and Microsoft Office to do his graduate studies – “lots of writing and looking at photos, using the pen to take notes on lecture slides, comparing small intricate details in fossils where a good screen size is imperative.” Photoshop is truly handy when altering specimen photos to make posters, fix photos for articles or to simply zoom in further to get more detail or mirror the image. “I could never get Photoshop to work well enough on my old computer,” he says.

Gossypium barbadense Pima cotton boll. Showing extensive damage done by the Pink boll worm Pectinophora gossypiella. Here I am cleaning up my photo, adjusting the light exposure and adding text with a measure bar.  This photo will be used by the USDA at an Entomology conference. 

Gossypium barbadense Pima cotton boll. Showing extensive damage done by the Pink boll worm Pectinophora gossypiella. Here I am cleaning up my photo, adjusting the light exposure and adding text with a measure bar.  This photo will be used by the USDA at an Entomology conference.

Outside of Soon’s everyday studies, he uses his Surface to do presentations and helps tutor middle school students in math and science. After he finishes his Ph.D. program, Soon plans to take a well-deserved break and hike the Appalachian Mountains trail with his twin brother for the second time.

Soon really appreciates how much his Surface Pro 4 has helped his studies. The power, versatility and portability of a Surface is something he struggled to find in an alternative laptop.

“Without the Surface Pro 4 my life is at a standstill.  It touches the very corner of what I do, how I’m immersed in my academic life and communicating with the world around me.”

Why gaming benchmarker Josh Heslop loves Surface

Why gaming benchmarker Josh Heslop loves Surface

When I first spoke to Josh Heslop, he painted a picture of the night of Surface Pro 4’s release: he was the first customer in line at the Microsoft Store at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, TX, eager to get his hands on the new device and see what kind of gaming muscle lay underneath the magnesium case. And it didn’t take him long to find out – after collecting his Surface Pro 4 and swag bag, he headed home and posted his first Surface benchmarking video showing DOTA 2 running smoothly on the same day the device was released.

Since then, Josh has fallen in love with Surface and with the Surface gaming community. After uploading a few more benchmarking videos to his YouTube channel, Josh decided to take his involvement to the next level, becoming an active participant and moderator of the /r/SurfaceGaming subreddit. In the year since that first DOTA 2 video, Josh has posted over 100 additional gaming benchmarking videos on Surface to prove what the devices can do.

Because Josh works his day job as a police officer, he loves being able to treat gaming on his Surface as a fun de-stresser and a way to stay in touch with friends and family. Whether it’s kicking back with his pals in a game of Rocket League at a smooth 50 FPS, or pushing performance to the envelope to see what FPS and resolution he can get out of a AAA title like GTA V, Josh has found his i7 Surface Pro 4 to be a surprisingly capable gaming device across the board.

When we saw how excited he was to benchmark and share his Surface Pro 4 gaming experience with others, we partnered with Josh to have him help us evaluate the gaming performance of the new Surface Book with Performance Base. He’s already started putting the powerful 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics processor through its paces, with 25 popular games benchmarked so far over on his YouTube channel – go check out Josh test graphically intense games like The Witcher 3 and Battlefield 1 right alongside popular competitive multiplayer titles like Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and World of Warcraft.

Why gaming benchmarker Josh Heslop loves Surface

I caught up with Josh about a few of his favorite gamer-friendly features and tips from both of his Surface devices:

  1. Surfaces are LIGHT! When I’m gaming on the go, it’s easy to pick up a Surface and bring it along with me. Whether I’m fitting in a game on my lunch break or my wife and kids have taken over my desktop gaming PC at home and I want to play from the bedroom, I love being able to whip out my Surface and pick up right where I left off. Having a USB port for a mouse or Xbox One controller can really come in handy on both the Surface Pro 4 and Book.
  2. Surface has options and customization to fit whatever type of gamer you might be. When I bought my Surface Pro 4, I wanted a super mobile device to run a few popular titles but was okay making some compromises on settings and resolution. If you want to play more games including some AAAs or want a full laptop to sit down with, Surface Book with Performance Base might be a better fit.
  3. There are always ways to make your own gaming experience better. The Surface Book with Performance Base has a super high 3000 x 2000 native resolution, which looks amazing but can affect performance for graphically intense games. I use a custom resolution of ~1500 x 1000 in many titles so both the picture and play experience are great, and have optimized my power settings to help get that extra ounce of performance out of the dGPU. Check out my YouTube video for a few tips on optimizing your Surface device for gaming.

Thanks again to Josh for his dedication to building out these resources for the Surface gaming community. And this is just the tip of the iceberg – with amazing built-in features like the Game Bar, gaming on Windows 10 is a natural and seamless experience. Check out a few cool tips on how to easily use the Game Bar to record and share your gameplay, or head over to Surface.com if you want to learn more about Surface and what our devices can do!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for Surface!

Our team gets so excited about meeting new Surface users and hearing their feedback, and we get to meet a lot more this holiday season! From Surface Pro, to Surface Book, to Surface Studio, to Surface Hub, we’re having our best holiday ever.

Surface family of devices including Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Pro 4

In October, the unveiling of Surface Studio and Surface Dial captured people’s imagination with a completely new way to create at your desk. The announcement of Surface Book with Performance Base took the laptop with industry-leading customer satisfaction and made it even better by adding twice the graphics power and 30% more battery.

Surface Dial shown on screen of Surface Studio

November was our best month ever for consumer Surface sales. The Best Buy-exclusive Surface bundle sold out on the first day. The momentum was seen worldwide. In the UK, we had the best single week for Surface ever and in Germany the Surface Pen became the best seller in PC Accessories on Amazon.com for over 12 hours.

Surface Studio is shipping and people love it.

The excitement for Surface Studio is clear – evidenced by the 10+ million people that have viewed our launch video and the hundreds of thousands who watched the excitement of a fun unboxing of a Surface Studio. But what makes me excited is seeing how people are using, and loving their Surface Studios. Digital artists, to architects, to executives are using this beautiful PC to get things done and be their most creative.

More people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before. Our trade-in program for MacBooks was our best ever, and the combination of excitement for the innovation of Surface coupled with the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro – especially among professionals – is leading more and more people to make the switch to Surface, like this. It seems like a new review recommending Surface over MacBook comes out daily. This makes our team so proud, because it means we’re doing good work.

Surface Book with Performance Base is now available in Australia and New Zealand.

More markets for Surface Book with Performance Base: Coming off strong momentum in the US and Canada, Surface Book with Performance Base is now available in Australia and New Zealand, and we’re excited to announce we will make it available in more markets. Starting early next quarter, Surface Book with Performance Base will go on sale in Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland and the UK.

Surface Hub is also gaining momentum as it continues to change how organizations collaborate and create. To add to our already-stellar momentum, we’re excited to share more details about the ways Surface Hub is helping teams in the workplace be more productive. Check it out:

By the end of 2016, nine months since our launch, we will have shipped Surface Hubs to over 2,000 customers in 24 markets.

The demand we are seeing with Surface Hub far exceeds our expectations, even though we knew it was a game-changing product. By the end of 2016, nine months since our launch, we will have shipped Surface Hubs to over 2,000 customers in 24 markets. The average deal size we see in the pipeline is approximately 50 units, but we’ve seen orders as large as 1,500 units to a large car manufacturer. This makes our team so, so proud.*

We’ve ramped up Surface Hub production and it’s available for customers worldwide. Resellers worldwide have units. To help meet the demand for Surface Hub, and to provide a great experience for customers, we’re adding more value-added partners who will resell Surface and provide 5-star service to our customers.

We’re introducing a Surface Hub Try-and-Buy Program.

We’re introducing a Surface Hub Try-and-Buy Program: We will enable a select set of our resellers to provide customers Hubs for 30 days before the committing to purchasing a large set of devices. This will launch in US and European Surface Hub markets this winter, and in Asia pacific at a later date. We have the data to show that this is a winner program, because people and businesses that use Surface Hub are amazed by it – and really want their business to use Surface Hub.

Microsoft Surface Hub

We’ve added new Surface Hub features and programs. In a February 2016 study, Forrester estimated that the ROI of integrating a Surface Hub into an organization was 138%. They measured meeting time saved per meeting to be 15 – 23 minutes and sales as a result of the Surface Hub were up 20% with a payback period is nine months. We believe our momentum in just nine months proves the study correct, and we’ve added some features that our customers have asked for most upgrade executive offices and conferences rooms around the world – with the power of a software-driven product:

  • Inking support across Word, Excel and PowerPoint. People are loving using Pen on Surface Hub, now we let them do it in the most used Office apps!
  • Support for simultaneous Pen and Touch. People, especially people that have used Surfaces, expect these things to work together. They do now!
  • Save & recall Whiteboards directly through OneDrive. If we do important work together, let’s make sure we can save it and share it!
  • Support for 3rd-party peripherals like BiAmp TesireForte CI, Jabra 810, Logitech Group, Logitech PTZ Pro and Polycom CX5100. We have amazing cameras and audio equipment people want to use in their conference rooms and exec offices. We now have more they can use!
  • Preloading PowerBI, OneDrive, and Photos apps. Every Surface Hub user should be able to analyze data better, get to their files, and go through the teams’ images.

As you can see, we’re so proud of the momentum and progress we are making with our Surface line-up. We’re learning a ton from Surface and Surface Hub customers and have an amazing team of hardware and software engineers dedicated to continually improving our products. You should expect the best and we expect to give you the best, today and tomorrow. We will continue to create new experiences for you that will change the way you create, collaborate and have an impact on your world in 2017, and beyond. Thanks for making it a great holiday season!

 Brian

*12/12/16: This blog post was updated to clarify Surface Hub demand data. 

Surface Pro 4 is landscape designer Brian Shernce’s perfect companion

For more than half of his waking hours, landscape designer Brian Shernce is on the road or at a construction site.  He recently started using a Surface Pro 4 so that he could handle the full gamut of his office work even while on the go.

“Whereas before if I needed to do any real computing work, I’d wait to get back to my desk – which often caused the work to snowball – now I can work from anywhere.”  The “now” is after purchasing a Surface Pro 4.

Surface Pro 4 is landscape designer Brian Shernce’s perfect companion

Brian got his Surface after determining that his iPad Pro simply couldn’t provide the depth and breadth of functionality he needed.  An “Apple guy” with a small collection of Macs and iPads, Brian was hopeful he could find a way to use an iPad Pro for his work. He needed a device that could handle some “heavy lifting” tasks like landscape design plans that require a lot of computing power, and he found the iPad was not well suited for that intensity. Even after doing online research, tutorials and a one-on-one training in the hopes that he could run his business on an iPad Pro, the end result was a trip to Microsoft Store to buy a Surface.

Surface Pro 4 is landscape designer Brian Shernce’s perfect companion

He notes with surprise that the switch from the Apple to the Microsoft ecosystem was painless, despite his longstanding history with iOS. Since much of his work is in the cloud, he was simply able to unbox the Surface, sync his Surface Pen, get online and start manipulating the same files he used to grapple with on his iPad Pro.  He has now purchased two Surface Pro 4s, providing one to his production manager so they can quickly markup documents like AutoCAD PDFs and project estimates with the Surface Pen, work on budgets together in Excel and even run renders to design exquisite outdoor spaces for their clients.  All of these are possible wherever work takes him thanks to Surface Pro 4’s impressive power and small size.

“I’m amazed at its functionality, and I’m using it more and more because it’s replacing both my previous tablet and my MacBook,” Brian says of his Pro 4.

The real sell for him came when he took the device to the office for the first time.  “I was trying to land a very large job and, after meeting with the landscape architect, he emailed an AutoCAD plan for my team to review.  He wanted our proposal for the job and was looking for input on a lot of items – and of course it was time sensitive.  Normally we would have printed the large plan, had our production manager mark it up on paper, and then photograph or scan it back into a computer to begin the line-item budgeting. Instead, we used the Surface for the whole process; from the Drawboard markup to budgeting for the estimate. We turned the plan around really quickly and got the job!”

Surface Pro 4 is landscape designer Brian Shernce’s perfect companion

Brian chose his Pro 4 specifically because of its portability. He likes that he’s able to use the device as a tablet for annotations – or for non-work things like reading the news and catching up on sports – but then also attach the keyboard for more serious tasks.

“I really do love this device,” he tells me, the smile in his voice. “I’m using it like crazy.”

Here’s a look at all the deals included in Microsoft Stores’ 12 Days of Deals

Get ready to unwrap a new offer every day beginning December 5 through December 16 with 12 Days of Deals at Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com.

Man assisting woman in the Microsoft Store

Whether you’re looking to knock out the last items on your gift list, find a new game for a friend or treat yourself to some of the coolest gadgets, the Microsoft Store has you covered. With great savings on some of the most sought-after gifts of the season like Xbox One games, select Surface devices, virtual reality experiences and many others, Microsoft Stores put everything you want within reach – at a great price. Visit your local Microsoft Store or microsoftstore.com for more details on availability and pricing.

Here’s a look at the deals this season:

  • Day 1 (Dec. 5)
    Save up to $1,000 on select Intel PCs starting at $199
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $50 on a JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, only $19.99
  • Day 2 (Dec. 6)
    Save $100 on Lenovo Ideapad 110, only $199
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on the FitBit Blaze
  • Day 3 (Dec. 7)
    Save 50% on select Xbox One games, just $19.99
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card/code with purchase of a 12-month subscription of Groove Music
  • Day 4 (Dec. 8)
    $250 off select Surface devices, only $649
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card/code with the purchase of an Xbox Live Gold 12-month subscription
  • Day 5 (Dec. 9)
    Buy select Windows tablets up to 70% off, starting at $49
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $120 on a Lumia 650, only $79
  • Day 6 (Dec. 10)
    Save up to $250 on the Windows Premium Collection of PCs, starting at $499
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on Office 365 Home
  • Day 7 (Dec. 11)
    Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card/code with purchase of select Xbox Wireless controllers
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $120 on select Xbox One consoles (500 GB consoles), only $179
  • Day 8 (Dec. 12)
    Save $50 and get two free select games with select Xbox One consoles
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Be one of the first customers in line to get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card
  • Day 9 (Dec. 13)
    Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card/code with purchase of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on FitBit Charge HR
  • Day 10 (Dec. 14)
    Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get Quantum Break, Halo 5 and Forza Motorsport 6 for only $19.99
  • Day 11 (Dec. 15)
    Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $150 on an Acer Jade Primo, only $299
  • Day 12 (Dec. 16)
    Get a type cover with any Surface Pro 4 for up to $159.99 in savings
    In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Be one of the first customers in line to get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card

Not sure which device to buy? Get hands-on with products and let our knowledgeable and friendly Microsoft Store associates help with gift recommendations, or shop at microsoftstore.com with free shipping and free returns on every item, every day.

Happy shopping!

  • Deals will be posted on 12 Days of Deals page here, running from Monday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 16.
  • The deal lasts 24 hours (until the next deal goes live).
  • The deal is available at local Microsoft Stores or com, while supplies last for customers in North America.
    • For microsoftstore.com, deals are available starting 12 a.m. PT.
    • For Microsoft Stores, deals are available starting at the time the store officially opens that day until it closes.
    • Xbox offers valid on Xbox One consoles and bundles, and do not include Xbox One S.
  • Doorbuster deals are exclusively available at our brick-and-mortar locations, while supplies last.
  • For microsoftstore.com shoppers, the last day of guaranteed delivery in time by Christmas is Dec. 14 (standard ground service) or Dec. 20 by 9:59 a.m. PST (expedited shipping).
  • Deal pricing and availability varies in select markets.

Made with Unity, Coded on Surface – The Story of Contingent 99

Over the next few months, we will feature game creators who are making games using the Unity game development platform. We’ve partnered with the Made with Unity program to showcase some of the amazing, talented game developers out there and how they use Surface to make their games come to life.

At Surface, we believe that people’s ideas are their most valuable asset. We strive to make products that break new ground and let people work in ways not previously possible. Whether it’s Surface Studio, Surface Book or Surface Pro 4, we feel that Surface brings a unique value proposition to game creators by combining the amazing performance of a full PC with the versatility of professional digital inking into a single, meticulously crafted device. For Bundy and Dahoon, who need to code and design artwork while moving from home to their co-located office space to events, the uncompromising mobility of the Surface Pro 4 was what made it their device of choice to make Wizard of Legend come to life. This is the story of Contingent99.

Made with Unity, Coded on Surface – The Story of Contingent 99

Galileo: Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about yourselves and how you know each other?

Bundy: Hi, I’m Bundy Kim and I’m a programmer and the artist for Contingent99.

Dahoon: Hi, I’m Dahoon Lee and I’m a programmer at Contingent99.

Bundy: Contingent99 is made up of the two of us, Bundy and Dahoon. We’re two high school friends that have probably played an irresponsible amount of games together over the years. We both have engineering backgrounds and hold degrees in Computer Science, and though we’ve done a lot of coding related work in the past, this is our first journey into game development. As it’s just the two of us on the team, we both wear a ton of different hats, filling in wherever necessary. But on a day to day basis, Bundy usually draws the artwork while Dahoon designs the game concepts. Once we discuss the design and come to an agreement, we both work to implement it into the game.

Galileo: How was Contigent99 formed?

Bundy: Dahoon was finishing up his Computer Science degree and Bundy had just quit his job at a local internet startup. The timing just happened to match up where we were looking for something new to pursue. Both of us dreamed of creating a game when we were younger and we figured if we don’t do it now, it might never happen when we’re older.

Made with Unity, Coded on Surface – The Story of Contingent 99

Galileo: How did the idea for Wizard of Legend come about?

Bundy: Although we had made the decision to get into game development, we weren’t sure where to start. After some discussion, we decided to try working in Unity and spent a couple of months prototyping game ideas and concepts in order to get a feel for what we’d like to make. At the beginning of each week, we met up to choose a theme or genre that we were interested in exploring. We then individually worked on a very rough prototype of a game that revolved around the central theme and reviewed the games at the end of the week. A few prototypes and many Unity tutorials later, we landed on an action adventure game that evolved over time into Wizard of Legend.

Galileo: What’s your work setup like?

Bundy: As we’re just a small two-person indie team, we don’t require much other than a couple of desks and a quiet place to work. As such, we’re currently working out of a co-working space in Los Angeles. We mainly work off a Surface Pro 4 or a laptop connected to a second monitor. Also, as Wizard of Legend is best played with a gamepad, we play test the game with both Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers. On a day to day basis, we use Unity, Photoshop, and our text editors of choice. We occasionally use Fraps and Premiere for capturing or editing footage of the game.

Made with Unity, Coded on Surface – The Story of Contingent 99

Galileo: So why did you, Bundy, choose a Surface Pro 4 as your main device?

Bundy: My old laptop was having some difficulty running Unity and I was in the market for a new lightweight portable device. I remembered the multiple write-ups that Gabe from Penny Arcade posted of the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Book praising the devices. As I’d been drawing all of the artwork for Wizard of Legend, it seemed like the Surface would be perfect both for creating artwork as well as for coding. It was also clear from his follow up posts that the team at Microsoft was very dedicated to supporting the Surface line and they took a lot of his feedback to heart, implemented multiple improvements and fixes over time. They even invited him over to the Microsoft offices to discuss ways to improve the experience.

As a result, I ended up picking up the Surface Pro 4 and working with the device has been a great experience. Getting our game up and running in Unity and working in Photoshop went smoothly. The stylus is great for getting artwork done in Photoshop, even if we’re doing pixel art. The device is also portable enough so that I don’t mind carrying it to the office every day.

Galileo: And why did you choose Unity?

Bundy: We looked at a variety of game engines and Unity seemed to offer the best 2D support while maintaining very good cross platform compatibility. After using the Unity engine during our prototyping period, we didn’t see any reason to switch over to another engine as it had all the features we were looking for. We started development of Wizard of Legend on Unity 4.x and since then with the release of Unity 5, we’ve seen a lot of improvements and are excited about the new features they plan to release in the future.

Galileo: How and why did you get involved in the Made with Unity program?

Bundy: Being game developers who use Unity every day, we saw the opportunity to be part of the Made with Unity program on their social media channels and jumped on the chance. We rarely get a chance to show off our game to the public and get live feedback, so we felt it would be really good experience.

I want to thank Bundy and Dahoon for taking the time to share with us their story. Make sure to check out their game Wizard of Legend and wish them success on their venture. If you happen to be creating a game on your Surface, give us a shout on Twitter via @Surface. Lastly, check out the Made with Unity program and all the awesome games being shown off over there.

Sustainable small business uses Surface to stay agile

The Dostals use Microsoft products and a bi-product of biodiesel creation to produce premium soaps and lotions.

With holidays approaching, along with some of the busiest shopping days of the year, we wanted to slow down and highlight a small business called Further using Surface Pro 4, Windows, Office as well as pen and touch to keep their sustainable, premium business running smoothly.

Megan and Marshall Dostal’s innovative business started out with their plan to collect waste oil from restaurants to make biodiesel. The primary bi-product of that process is glycerin, and that’s the key ingredient in soap. Now they produce Further, a sustainable, premium brand of soaps and lotions that they sell right back to those restaurants. As Marshall will tell you himself, sometimes “a small idea can turn a big idea”.

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