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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.

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  • 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!

Owning Surface just got easier with the new Surface Plus Program

Surface is designed to help people better create, collaborate, learn, and get things done. Beginning today at 9:00 a.m. PT, we’re excited to announce the availability of Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business; flexible financing options designed to help more people and businesses take advantage of the power of Surface. Available exclusively in the U.S. at Microsoft Stores and online at Microsoft.com, here’s all that Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business can do for you:

Owning Surface just got easier with the new Surface Plus Program

With school starting soon, there’s never been a better time for students to find the best Surface that’s right for them. Whether it’s a Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book or Surface Studio – Surface Plus provides a simple, no-hassle plan to help students unlock their productivity and be more creative with Surface.

Surface Plus benefits include:

  • Low monthly payments: Customers can purchase a Surface device with an easy, 24-month payment plan at 0% APR.1
  • Device upgrades: Customers can upgrade to the latest Surface after just 18 months.2
  • Dedicated Service & Support: Surface Plus offers best in class service and support from Microsoft Stores. Customers also have the option to add the Microsoft Complete extended service plan.
  • Microsoft Store benefits: All customers who shop at Microsoft Store enjoy access to benefits like a 30-day hassle free return policy, a Surface training and health check as well as a year of free in-store support and technical assistance.

For more information about Microsoft’s full suite of offerings and deals for students and teachers, check out today’s Windows Experience Blog post.

Surface Plus for Business

Owning Surface just got easier with the new Surface Plus Program

We’re also excited to announce Surface Plus for Business. Small and medium-sized businesses that are currently enrolled in the Surface Membership program will now enjoy the same enterprise-grade services and support under the Surface Plus for Business plan. Surface Plus for Business will offer new and existing customers:

  • Multiple Surface models: Customers can add as many devices as they want into a single agreement and can have a mix of models across the Surface portfolio.
  • The latest devices: Previously unavailable, customers can now finance a 55” Surface Hub in addition to the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, and Surface Studio to unlock the power of the group in their businesses.
  • Office 365 for Business:. For an additional $8.25 per user per month, businesses can enjoy the ultimate productivity experience on Surface.
  • Flexible Terms3. Businesses can choose flexible 18, 24 or 30 month periods, with the ability to upgrade devices after just 12 months on the 18-month term (or after 18 months on the 24-month term). Businesses can also expand or reduce their device fleet mid-term.*
  • Device Protection: Surface Plus for Business offers peace of mind with the Microsoft Complete for Business extended service plan with accidental damage protection.

Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business is ownership, re-imagined. For customers in the U.S., we invite you to visit your nearest Microsoft Store for a device fitting or enroll online today to choose the best Surface for you.

1Promotional 0% APR available to qualified customers and subject to credit approval by Klarna. 19.99% APR after 24 months.. Financing issued by WebBank, member FDIC, and serviced by Klarna. Subject to Surface Plus Terms and Klarna Credit Terms
2 Upgrade subject to device availability and eligibility requirements, including an account with Klarna, Inc. in good standing, the return of the functional device to Microsoft in good condition, and new 24-month payment plan and credit agreement with Klarna.
3 The 19.99% interest rate is specific to individual Surface Plus customers financed via Klarna. Surface Plus for Business financing is provided by LiftForward and does not incur interest rates.
*Updated to reflect Surface Plus for Business length terms and financing details

Introducing the new Microsoft keyboard that brings Windows Hello to any Windows 10 PC

We’re excited to introduce you to the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, a premium quality keyboard that brings the convenience and security of Windows Hello fingerprint sign-in to any PC running Windows 10, and the Microsoft Modern Mouse, a sleek simple complement to the keyboard.

Windows Hello* helps enable people to move to a password alternative that gives you a fast, convenient and exceptionally secure way to unlock your Windows devices. Studies show more than 80 percent of people use the same password across multiple web sites, managing around 20-30 different accounts. We want to make sure that everyone running Windows 10 can experience the beautiful relief that comes from letting go of your written Pa55w0Rd5! So we worked to deliver a predictable, intent-driven and simple solution for someone to quickly and securely log into their PC, or authenticate an action.

With the new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, you can use your finger to sign into your Windows devices, and compatible apps**, with Windows Hello in less than 2 seconds – that’s 3 times faster*** than a password that you have to remember and type in.

Design and keyboard specs

On top of the convenience of effortless login, the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID gives you the flexibility of working wirelessly or through direct wired connection, as it features both a Bluetooth 4.0 and hardwire connection.

The keyboard’s sleek, low-profile design and crafted aluminum top case bring an element of sophistication to any well-thought-out desk space. With 2mm key travel, the typing experience has been carefully crafted to maximize accuracy and typing efficiency. Unlike other solutions in the market today, the new Windows Hello enterprise-grade secure fingerprint reader has been subtly and beautifully designed as a regular key.

Sold separately, you can also complete your desktop solution with the sleek, simple Microsoft Modern Mouse. As a visual complement to the keyboard, this mouse lets you set up your workspace to be both beautiful and practical.

The raised arc of the Microsoft Modern Mouse supports your palm in a natural resting position, and reduces the tension on your risk, to keep your hand relaxed as you point and click. The metal scroll wheel feels solid under your finger, and you don’t have to worry about wires thanks to Wireless Bluetooth, plus it has up to 12 months of battery life.

Keyboard specs:

Technical Specifications (Keyboard)

Connection Bluetooth® Low Energy-compatible 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2, or wired USB.
Exterior Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches

Weight: 14.6 ounces

Mechanical features: hidden fingerprint sensor

Color: Silver

Operating systems Works with Bluetooth® Smart****

Windows Hello capability available on Windows 10 only

Wireless range Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
Battery type and quantity Rechargeable (included)
Battery life Up to 4 months with each full charge
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty*****

Technical Specifications (Mouse)

Connection Bluetooth® Low Energy-compatible 4.0 / 4.1
Exterior Dimensions: 4.53 x 2.52 x 1.32 inches

Weight: 3.21 ounces (including batteries)

Mechanical features: metal scroll wheel

Color: Silver

Operating systems Works with Bluetooth® Smart*

Windows 10

Wireless range Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
Battery type and quantity 2 AAA alkaline battery (included)
Battery life Up to 12 months
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty**

The Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID and Microsoft Modern Mouse now on sale in the US, Canada and China at microsoftstore.com for $129.99 USD and $49.99 USD respectively.
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*Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
**Limited to compatible apps.
***Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success
****Device must support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. Many Apple and Windows 7 computers use older versions.
*****In the U.S.; warranty terms vary by market.

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 Store shares five things to add to your travel checklist

Jonathan Aviles and Jevon Grigg are product service advisors at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York

If you are looking ahead to your summer plans, don’t forget to add technology to your travel checklist. Having the best technology and access to safe networks while traveling will ensure smooth sailing and more time for the fun stuff.

If you run into any tech problems during your trip you can visit one of our more than 100 Microsoft Store locations in Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S., where knowledgeable and friendly associates are on hand to provide help and get you back to enjoying your vacation.

Here are five tips from your Microsoft Store to make sure you are staying cyber-safe and traveling right this summer season.

  1. Connect to a secure network. Leaving home doesn’t have to mean leaving behind your reliable network. Be sure to activate the personal hotspot option on your mobile device. This allows you to bring along a mobile hotspot to help ensure you are always using a secure internet connection while on the road. While public Wi-Fi is convenient, it does pose a risk if you are accessing sensitive information, like your bank account or email.
  2. Ready your entertainment. Don’t give in to boredom on those long flights. With internet connection no longer a requirement to enjoy your entertainment, download content to ensure your entertainment is portable. Visit the Windows and Xbox Store and get access to movie titles, music and games for everyone in the family. You can even download your favorite shows from Netflix – get the app here from the Windows Store.
  3. Travel light. When you start making a list of all the devices you can bring on a trip, it can be lengthy – phone, e-reader, tablet, laptop – not to mention all the cords that go along with them. Try to limit the number of devices you bring with a 2-in-1, like a Surface device. Visit your local Microsoft Store or microsoftstore.com if you’d like an associate to help select the perfect device for you.
  4. Download the essentials. Smartphone, tablet and PC apps will make sure you have everything you need in the palm of your hand. Before you take off on your next adventure, make sure to download the following top apps from your device’s store.
    • OneDrive: Have you ever gone to snap a photo and realized you didn’t have enough space? Not an ideal situation while making memories and capturing special moments on vacation. Saving photos directly to OneDrive will save space on your smartphone or tablet and in the case a device is lost or stolen, memories are safe and sound. Not to mention, having all your photos in one space will allow for easy and immediate sharing with others.
    • TripAdvisor: When in a new place, it’s helpful to get advice on must-sees. With over 250 million reviews and opinions, from travelers all around the world, TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, the best hotels, great restaurants and fun things to do, wherever you go.
    • Skype: For extended vacations or international travel, be sure to set up Skype so you can chat with friends and family back home with free Wi-Fi calling. Don’t let the feeling of being homesick or expensive fees keep you from talking to those you love.
    • Yelp: Yelp has more than 100 million reviews of businesses worldwide and is your local guide to finding the perfect place to eat, shop, relax and play. Read reviews from not only fellow travelers but locals too, to get a taste of something more authentic to the community you are visiting.
    • Microsoft Translator: Traveling internationally? Be sure you are equipped with the tools you need to easily travel from town to town. Microsoft Translator supports 60 languages for text translation.
    • Rideshare apps like Lyft: Get a reliable and safe ride without having to carry around cash by using rideshare services. Before heading out, make sure you double check service will be available in the city you are visiting.
  5. Charge on the go. While on the road, there is no guarantee that you’ll have access to a charger. Bring along an external charger for extra juice whenever you need it and say bon voyage to your chances of being stranded without power.

Are you a tech savvy traveler? Share your favorite tips, products, apps and entertainment with the Microsoft Store on Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget, if you run into any tech problems during your trip you can visit one of our more than 100 Microsoft Store locations in Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S., where knowledgeable and friendly associates are on hand to provide help and get you back to enjoying your vacation.

This Week on Windows: Highlights from our #MicrosoftEDU event

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows where we shared highlights from our #MicrosoftEDU event in New York City. At the event, we shared a lot of exciting news about Microsoft Education. If you missed the keynote, you can watch it here on-demand.

Here are highlights from the event:

Empowering students and teachers of today to create the world of tomorrow

We introduced a set of educational products and services, inspired by teachers and students, including a new Windows experience called Windows 10 S; new experiences in Microsoft Teams for modern classroom collaboration; new features in Minecraft: Education Edition to teach coding ; 3D and mixed reality tools to spark creativity; a range of Windows 10 S PCs for K-12 classrooms; and the perfect Windows 10 S device for college students—Surface Laptop.

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Modern classroom collaboration with Office 365 for Education

New classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level – and make Teams the digital hub for teachers and students. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work, personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents, and staff. To learn more about the new classroom experiences in Teams, visit the Office Blog.

Introducing Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition

We announced Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, designed to inspire students to learn the basics and the power of coding by combining the open worlds of Minecraft with popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. To learn more about Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition visit, the Minecraft Education Blog.

Introducing Surface Laptop powered by Windows 10 S –  and available for pre-order

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Bringing 3D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

We announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, who is working to integrate 3D and mixed reality into their secondary and university level curriculum. By the 2018 school year, Pearson will offer curriculum in health, commerce, history, and STEM, on all Windows Mixed Reality devices. In addition, we announced a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3D content through your screen into the real world as mixed reality, using a simple RGB camera.

STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Stores

Beginning this Saturday, May 6, Microsoft Store locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia will host STEM Saturdays throughout May in all full-line locations in addition to the range of free programs year-round that empower students and educators. STEM Saturdays bring pop-up classrooms to Microsoft Store and offer hands-on experiences like building a sensor that measures the flexion and extension of a finger to learn about the anatomy of a human hand.

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

Microsoft in Education

Visit the Microsoft in Education Blog to read more about where to start and what to know about our event’s news.

The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming to Microsoft Store!

The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming soon to select Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada

The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming soon to select Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada.* Oculus Rift works natively with Windows 10, which makes it easy to set up, jump in and have an incredible VR gaming experience.

On May 13, you can slip into a hidden world of bare-handed spellcasting and magicians’ duels at your local Microsoft Store. Local winners will then return to the store to battle it out in a series of regional competitions on May 20. Finalists will be flown out to New York City for the national finals at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York on June 3 to compete for the grand prize: Rift and Touch, plus an Oculus Ready PC and $1,250 in cash!

Follow Microsoft Store on Facebook for more updates.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada excluding Quebec. Open to players 13+, some restrictions apply. Round 1 ends 5/13/17. For details, see www.oculus.com/unspoken-tournament or your local Microsoft Store.
Rules: www.oculus.com/unspoken-tournament/legal/rules.

Save up to $200 off new devices with Microsoft Store graduation deals

Graduation is a milestone in one’s life. It signals the end of an era – and the beginning of something new. Starting April 24 through June 18, Microsoft Store is offering great savings on Surface devices, select Windows 10 PCs, VR headset, headphones and more to help the grad in your life celebrate with a gift that can help them tackle everything that lies ahead.

We’ve rounded up some of the top deals available today to prepare your graduate for next stage in life:

Surface Pro 4

  • 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.

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series (Model 7368) 2-in-1 Touch

  • Save up to $200 on the Dell Inspiron 13: Boasting an innovative 360-degree hinge, Dell Inspiron 13 comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD wide-angle display featuring more screen and less bezel, so you have plenty of room to spread out—be it work or entertainment or both.

Three Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series (Model 5567) Touch 15-inch notebook computers with Intel processor

  • Save up to $170 on the Dell Inspiron 15: Be inspired with Dell Inspiron 15 with the power and speed to get the job done. With 12GB of memory, and huge 1TB hard drive, these are great for heavy-duty multitasking.

HTC Vive Headset

  • Save $200 on HTC Vive with purchase of select VR-Ready PCs: The 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 purchase**: A 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 microsoftstore.com.

Don’t know what to gift? No problem, Microsoft Store’s knowledgeable and friendly associates are on hand to help, support, and make recommendations so your loved one can make the most of their technology. Happy shopping!

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  • Deals begin from April 24 through June 18, and are available at local Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com, while supplies last. Unit limit per customer will also vary.
  • *Surface Pro 4 offer runs April 23 through May 13.
  • **Discount for Hyper X Headphones with purchase of Xbox One console or PC purchase is currently running until September 3.
  • Valid in the U.S. only at Microsoft retail and microsoftstore.com
  • For local store hours, visit microsoftstore.com/locations

A New Monetization Opportunity: Application Extensions + Microsoft Affiliate Program

Looking for more ways to monetize your app? App developers can boost their revenue through the Microsoft Affiliate Program. As an affiliate you can earn revenue by promoting content in the Windows Store and Microsoft Store, such as apps, games, music and video.

Developers who place links and/or banners on their apps directing users to the Windows Store will receive a commission for each online sale driven by that in-app marketing. You may have participated in other affiliate programs where you get a commission when someone buys something that you link to – the Microsoft Affiliate Program works in much the same way, but is more expansive.

A New Opportunity

As an app developer, this is a golden opportunity to open a new revenue stream for Universal Windows Apps.

Not only do you earn commission on the link that you directly sent the user if he or she purchases an extension, but you also earn up to 10% commission on anything else the user buys online from Microsoft within a window of time lasting up to 14 days.

By using the Affiliate program tools for creating, promoting and tracking campaigns, you can maximize revenue. This includes commission on apps, in-app purchases, games, movies, music downloads, Groove Music Passes, Microsoft Office and even hardware.

App Services/App Extensions + Microsoft Affiliate Program

Now when you combine the Microsoft Affiliate Program with app extensibility, new monetization opportunities open up on the Windows platform that just aren’t available on other app platforms. Three different types of app developers could benefit from combining App Services and Extensions with the Microsoft Affiliate Program:

  1. App developers who host extensibility to their apps can now earn commission on sales of extensions and other store purchases triggered by the installation of those extensions.
  2. App developers who build extensions can now have a store to put their extension in and their extensions get discovered in the context of the app when they are needed.
  3. App developers can make it easy to use their app’s service with the Microsoft Affiliate Program.

To help you get set up to participate in this affiliate-marketing program, let’s talk about App Extensions and App Services.

The Challenge with App Extensibility

The basics are simple: An app defines a plug-in or extensibility protocol, publishes it and then finds ways of getting extension developers to build extensions using the protocol.

Applications have had extensibility mechanisms for years. Desktop apps such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Visual Studio and Google Chrome have enabled third-party developers to build extensions to enhance and extend the apps in interesting ways, and even in directions that the app developer hadn’t imagined.

But though they are quite often easy to build, there are several challenges with the business of building App Extensions:

  • Extension developers would have to run their own commerce engine or trialware mechanism.
  • Promotional ability is typically limited to being listed in a catalog of available extensions.
  • The best option is quite often to be bought by the app developer.
  • The extension is strictly tied to the protocol and deployment mechanism defined by the host app and making it work with another vendor’s app is an additional effort.

Universal Windows Platform extends App Services

Windows 10 makes this process easier: Apps can now expose App Services to other apps, extending their capabilities.

Apps can even expose multiple services, each with a different protocol, depending on the usage model. The communication between apps via App Services is through an async protocol sending value sets of simple values – you can even share files via tokens with the SharedStorageAccessManager class.

To use an app’s service, you need to know the name of the app, the name of the service and the protocol that it’s expecting. Once you know that, the calling app can send and receive message to and from the app that is running the app service.

App Extensions enhance App Services

A new feature in the Windows Anniversary Edition that works great with App Services is App Extensions.

With App Extensions, an extensible app declares in its manifest that it hosts extensions with a specific named extension mechanism. App extension developers then declare in their apps’ manifests that their extension implements that named extension mechanism.

A new feature in the Microsoft Edge browser is this extension mechanism so that third-party developers can extend Microsoft Edge to add new capabilities. Apps that host extensions can also use the AppExtensionCatalog API to list all of the extensions that are installed and available on the system for the extension protocols declared in the app’s manifest.

As an example, here’s the manifest of my Journalist app, which hosts two different types of extensions:


&amp;lt;uap3:Extension Category=&amp;quot;windows.appExtensionHost&amp;quot;&amp;gt;
    &amp;lt;uap3:AppExtensionHost&amp;gt;
        &amp;lt;uap3:Name&amp;gt;Journalist.Export.1&amp;lt;/uap3:Name&amp;gt;
        &amp;lt;uap3:Name&amp;gt;Journalist.PageItem.1&amp;lt;/uap3:Name&amp;gt;
    &amp;lt;/uap3:AppExtensionHost&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;/uap3:Extension&amp;gt;

The catalog exposes metadata for each extension, including its display name, package family name, and it could even expose the service name – everything necessary to call its app service. My Animated GIF Creator app then declares this in its manifest:


&amp;lt;uap3:Extension Category=&amp;quot;windows.appExtension&amp;quot;&amp;gt;
    &amp;lt;uap3:AppExtension Name=&amp;quot;Journalist.Export.1&amp;quot; 
        Id=&amp;quot;AnimatedGifTranscoder&amp;quot; PublicFolder=&amp;quot;Public&amp;quot; 
        DisplayName=&amp;quot;ms-resource:AnimatedGIF&amp;quot; 
        Description=&amp;quot;ms-resource:JournalistExportDescription&amp;quot;&amp;gt;
        &amp;lt;uap3:Properties&amp;gt;
            &amp;lt;Service&amp;gt;AnimatedGifCreator.Journalist.1&amp;lt;/Service&amp;gt;
            &amp;lt;ExportType&amp;gt;File&amp;lt;/ExportType&amp;gt;
            &amp;lt;SuggestedStartLocation&amp;gt;PicturesLibrary&amp;lt;/SuggestedStartLocation&amp;gt;
            &amp;lt;ExtensionHtml&amp;gt;Extension.html&amp;lt;/ExtensionHtml&amp;gt;
        &amp;lt;/uap3:Properties&amp;gt;
    &amp;lt;/uap3:AppExtension&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;/uap3:Extension&amp;gt;

The only thing missing for an app that hosts extensions is a catalog of available extensions that are not installed on the system but available in the store.

Continuing the example with my Journalist app, I show a list of extensions available to install.

This could be a hardcoded list or a list retrieved from an app service, but the point is that as an app developer, I can detect if a specific app extension is available; if it isn’t, I can provide the UI to install it.

The Install button for each extension will take the user to the page for the app in the Windows Store so he or she can purchase (if it’s not free) and install the app – and this is where the new monetization opportunity is – the Microsoft Affiliate Program. Once the user gets into the store with that affiliate link, the developer can earn commission revenue on ANYTHING the user purchases within the time window mentioned above.

If the user clicks on install, the app will launch a web URL for the Microsoft Affiliate Program and then take the user to a product page for extension in the Windows Store (one extra hop). In another place in my Journalist app, I show related journaling supplies and I used the affiliate program’s link-builder tools to build links to the products circled below:

More Details

As you can see, as an app developer, I’m super excited about app extension and this new opportunity.  Here are some additional details that will help you on your new UWP monetization opportunity:

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Customers shopping at the Microsoft Store

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