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Get ready for back to school with Microsoft’s latest programs and deals

Well gang, it’s officially August, and our wonderful teachers are setting up their classrooms, and parents and students are starting to fill backpacks and dorm rooms with supplies.

Three students seated at a table smiling at the camera.

To help prepare for the school year ahead, today, we’re sharing new deals and programs from Microsoft and our partners to get you the best offers on the latest hardware – whether you want a new Surface Laptop, a powerful new Surface Pro, or the latest PC from Dell, HP, or Samsung – we’re here to help.

Back in May, we shared our vision for how technology can inspire creativity in the classroom with the announcement of a set of products and tools inspired by teachers and students, including: a new Windows experience called Windows 10 S – streamlined for simplicity, security, and superior performance – new collaboration experiences in Microsoft Teams, new features in Minecraft: Education Edition, and a range of affordable Windows 10 PCs built for students of all kinds. We also announced the newest members of the Surface family – Surface Laptop powered by Windows 10 S and the all new Surface Pro – both built with superior performance and power to help you better create and be more productive. With any of these devices, you can take advantage of Windows Ink to easily make notes directly on a web page in Microsoft Edge, bring your ideas to life with Paint 3D, keep track of your lists with OneNote – free in the Windows Store, and more.

We also offer Office 365 for Education –  the most complete, intelligent, and secure service for teaching and learning – free for students, faculty, and staff. Office 365 for Education is the broadest and deepest toolkit for content creation, personalized learning, and modern classroom collaboration.

These new products, tools, and programs are designed to empower today’s students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow – we cannot wait to see what you will do!

Just in time for school, we’re announcing a new way to buy the latest Surface device

Woman sitting on bed holding a mug working on Surface Book.

With Surface Plus students can take home one of our best in class Surface devices like Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book, or Surface Studio – all for a low monthly payment and 0% interest. Surface Plus also offers customers the opportunity to upgrade their device after 18 months for no additional cost, access exclusive deals and get the best in service and support. Available exclusively at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com, take advantage of Surface Plus and experience the power of Surface. To learn more about this program, head over to our Devices Blog to get all the details, or come into a Microsoft Store and let us help find the right Surface for you with a device fitting.

Introducing Back to School LIVE

Back to school LIVE

The education team introduced Back to School LIVE, a new series designed to help teachers get ready for the new school year with online workshops, tweetmeets, and tips on exciting new products like Microsoft Teams and Minecraft: Education Edition. The series will kick off with a global #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on August 15 at both 10 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. PT.  Then, on August 16, we will host a “Back to School LIVE” to help you get started in some of our newest tools for the classroom. To learn more about Back to School LIVE, visit the Microsoft Education Blog.

We’ve also rounded up some of the top Windows 10 PC deals to pack your bags with:

    ASUS Premium 2-in-1 Q series Laptop
    Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
  • Fujitsu offers over 20 devices with various solutions and services around the world for education: Check out their website for more information about these devices.

HP ENVY 27 AIO with keyboard and mouse

  • Get a Lenovo N23 ($249 USD) and N24 ($279 USD) with Windows 10 S, available worldwide just in time for heading back to the classroom.

Samsung Notebook 7

  • Get $200 off the Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 PC the weeks of 7/30-8/5 and 8/13-8/19 in addition to the $125 Back-to-School deal promotion for students.


  • Get at least $150 off any featured Toshiba laptop computer purchased through toshiba.com until August 31. Restrictions may apply.

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

  • Save up to $150 on Surface Pro 4: These well-crafted, beautiful devices empower the creator in all of us. Surface Pro 4, a device that offers the balance of portability and performance of a laptop when you’re on the go, perfect for anyone taking a device to class.

HTC Vive Headset

  • Save $200 on HTC Vive with the purchase of select VR-Ready PCsThe HTC Vive allows true-to-life immersion in the virtual world thanks to a high-resolution headset display, stunning graphics, two wireless controllers with haptic feedback and room-scale motion tracking. Want to test it before you buy? You can try HTC Vive for yourself at select Microsoft Store locations.
  • Get 20 percent off on Hyper X Headphones with Xbox One console or PC purchaseA feast for ears, sharpen your competitive edge with Hyper X Headphones and hear every detail of your favorite game without sacrificing comfort. Find something to celebrate the accomplishments for anyone on your list at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com.

Students can also take advantage of some great deals available at Best Buy and BestBuy.com/studentdeals:

Student looking at new PC at Best Buy with Best Buy associate.

  • Save an extra $100 on select Laptops (Windows 10 laptops)
  • Save an extra $125 on select Desktop & All-In-One Computers (Windows 10 Desktops & All-In-One Computers)
  • Save up to $125 on select ASUS Q series Notebooks, Gaming Notebooks, and desktops
  • Save $130 on Samsung Galaxy Book through Sept 2
  • Save 10% on new Surface Devices (Surface Laptop & Surface Pro)
  • Save $40 on Microsoft Office with qualifying purchase

Visit BestBuy.com/studentdeals to sign up to receive exclusive coupons you can redeem in-store and online for these deals and more.

We hope you take advantage of some of these great deals and are wishing all the students out there a fantastic school year in 2017/8. To ALL our teachers – we are grateful and know that technology is only a small part of the incredible work you do to inspire the next generation of creators. Here’s to you!

HP announces new devices for back to school and its first commercial tablet

Today, HP announced its latest generation of Pavilion x2 detachable PC and ENVY notebooks for back to school and its first commercial tablet. The new platforms are designed with Windows 10 in mind and are eligible for a free upgrade when Windows 10 becomes available beginning July 29.

HP Pavilion x2

HP Pavilion x2 takes the detachable PC category to a new level by merging the best of a super thin tablet with a notebook form factor. Designed for productivity and stability, even when used on the lap, the detachable PC uses an innovative magnetic hinge to easily transition from notebook to tent mode to stand mode.

The HP Pavilion x2 is a thin and light device offering portability and style. Coming in Blizzard White, Sunset Red and Turbo Silver, the tablet alone weighs just 1.29 pounds and 2.48 pounds with the keyboard attached. It is 9.65 millimeters thin and 16.75 millimeters with the keyboard attached.

The device features a USB Type-C connector to charge and power the device and enable data transfer via USB 2.0. The HP Pavilion x2 has a full size USB 2.0 port to attach external devices without a dongle and a micro HDMI to connect to an external display or TV. The new detachable PC comes with one year of Office 365 Personal including 60 Skype premium minutes per month and 1terabyte (TB) of OneDrive Storage. The HP Pavilion x2 is expected to be available on July 21, 2015 in the United States at www.hpshopping.com and select retailers starting at $299.99.

HP Envy

HP ENVY 14 and 15.6 inch notebooks, the 14 and 15.6 inch HP ENVY notebooks have a whole new look for 2015 showcasing elegant simplicity in a powerful package. The ENVY notebooks have a curved profile and elevated lift hinge to allow the fan to circulate air out the sides. The lift hinge design also gives customers a more comfortable typing and viewing experience.

The HP ENVY notebooks support the latest processors from Intel and AMD to tackle demanding tasks without lag. On the 14 and 15.6 inch notebooks, customers have the choice of fifth generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors. On the 15.6 inch, customers have the option of sixth generation AMD FX and A10 accelerated processors. Customers also have the option to select between NVidia GeForce 940M or GTX 950M discrete graphics, or AMD Radeon™ R7 or R6 graphics on 15.6 inch HP ENVY notebooks. The 14 inch HP ENVY notebooks come with three USB 3.0 ports. The 15.6 inch HP ENVY Intel version has four USB 3.0 ports and the AMD version has three USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port.

HP 17.3

HP ENVY 17.3 inch notebook delivers power and style with premium hardware options including discrete graphics and high resolution touch displays. At 6.22 pounds, the 17.3 inch HP ENVY notebook can go anywhere so customers can get work done, watch movies or play games. It supports fifth generation dual Intel Core i7 processors and NVidia GeForce 940M or GTX 950M discrete graphics. Customers have the option of dual hard drives up to 4TB of storage and choices of standard hard drives, hybrid hard drives or SSD. Customers will also have added connectivity with four USB 3.0 ports and the option for an optical disk drive.

All three of these HP ENVY notebooks feature premium sound reproduction with Bang & Olufsen audio for customers to enjoy their favorite music and movies with quad speakers and a subwoofer. The 15.6 inch AMD based ENVY Notebook has dual speakers and subwoofer. The dual array microphones and noise cancellation technology eliminates background noise for customers to experience crisp and clear sound on the devices.

HP ENVY Notebooks are expected to be available in July 2015 in the United States at www.hpshopping.com. Select configurations on the 15.6 and 17.3 inch HP ENVY notebooks will be available in Best Buy on August 30 and July 5 respectively. The 14 inch HP ENVY notebook starts at $699.99 The AMD and Intel based 15.6 inch HP ENVY notebook start at $629.99 and $799.99 respectively. The 17.3 inch HP ENVY notebook starts at $999.99.

The HP Pro Tablet 608, HP’s first commercial tablet shipping with Windows 10 pre-installed

HP Pro Tablet 608

This new tablet offers purpose-built business mobility with a stunning 8-inch diagonal HD screen, high performance and impressive productivity with Windows 10. The tablet provides great audio support for Cortana and videoconferencing, and includes advanced security features that build on Windows 10, making it the perfect mobile productivity companion for busy travelers and executives.

Thin and light at just 8.35 mm and under 1lb., the tablet delivers a premium viewing experience indoors and out with its 2048 x 1536 high resolution display that automatically adjusts to lighting conditions. The 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for working with business productivity apps, providing 35% more viewing area than 16:9 displays for more natural readability of full-page content.

The Pro Tablet 608 has a full Windows Professional experience with up to eight hours of battery life. Designed with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and a metal-reinforced chassis, this tablet endured more than 115,000 hours of durability testing. Productivity is enabled in the office and at the work site with dual-band WLAN ac/b/g/n and a choice of optional 3G or 4G WWAN. The HP Pro Tablet 608 G1 is expected to be available with Windows 8.1 Pro in July starting at $479. The Pro Tablet 608 will ship pre-installed with Windows 10 starting in August.