Microsoft Announces This Year’s 12 Days of Deals

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10, Xbox One with 15 Comments

Microsoft Announces This Year's 12 Days of Deals

Breaking with tradition, Microsoft has pre-announced its annual 12 Days of Deals promotion, which starts next week. Unlike previous years, we know each of the deals ahead of time.

“Whether you prefer to skip the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday or just like to take your time buying holiday gifts, our 12 Days of Deals holiday sale has you covered,” Microsoft explains. “With great savings on some of the most sought-after gifts of the season, our limited-time offers put everything they want within reach – and within budget. Plus, with free shipping and free returns on every item every day, you can save even more when you shop at the Microsoft Store.”

Microsoft contacted me about this change last night, but the 12 Days of Deals page is already available on the Microsoft Store website. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:

Monday, December 5 – Save up to $1,000 on select Intel-powered PCs, starting at $199.

Tuesday, December 6 – Only $199 for a Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop (save $100).

Wednesday, December 7 – Save up to 50% on select Xbox One games, now $19.99.

Thursday, December 8 – Save $250 on Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3 and 128GB SSD (now $649), plus free sleeve.

Friday, December 9 – Save up to 70% on select Windows 10 tablets, now starting at $49.

Saturday, December 10 – Save up to $250 on Windows Premium Collection devices, starting at $499.

Sunday, December 11 – Buy select Xbox controllers and get a $25 Microsoft Store gift code.

Monday, December 12 – Save $50 and get 2 free games with select Xbox One consoles, plus save big on Xbox accessories and games.

Tuesday, December 13 – Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift code with purchase of HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift.

Wednesday, December 14 – Save up to $1,000 on select gaming PCs, starting at $799.

Thursday, December 15 – Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199.

Friday, December 16 – Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4, plus get a free Type Cover (up to $359 value).

Note that each daily offer goes live at 12 am PT, while supplies last.


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    Bart Alpha Member #117 - 1 month ago

    Being in Europe, I guess we'll just sit here and keep my money

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    Awhispersecho Alpha Member #1649 - 1 month ago

    wish they would be specific on the 12/9 offer for select windows tablets. I am really interested in getting a couple of the new NuVision tablets for presents.

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    gregsedwards Alpha Member #1910 - 1 month ago

    For those fortunate enough to have a Microsoft Store nearby, they're going to have door-busters, too. On 12/7 they've announced a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with a 12-month Groove Music Pass purchase. And then on 12/8, a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership. There's a full list of door-busters here.

    Based on previous promotions, does anyone know whether you get the gift card on the spot or they send it to you later? Because, I'm strategizing here...I could get the Groove Music Pass on 12/7, then turn around and use the gift card to basically pay for the Xbox Live Gold membership on 12/8 and still score the $25 gift card. Now that's a pretty good deal.

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      bleeman Alpha Member #196 - 1 month ago
      In reply to gregsedwards:

      Check the list of Microsoft stores before heading out. For example, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area they only list one of the two stores as participating.  It may be a mistake, but you never know.

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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 month ago
      In reply to gregsedwards:

      Yeah, I noticed not all stores are participating.  THAT STINKS!

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    daveevad Alpha Member #1614 - 1 month ago

    Very sad that there will be no Groove Music Pass discount again this year!  My Pi day purchased subscription will be running out in a couple months.  I'm going to have a tough decision to make if they don't come up with a family plan option soon.

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      daveevad Alpha Member #1614 - 1 month ago
      In reply to daveevad:

      The Door Busters section has listed a $50 store card with a 1 yr Groove Music Pass purchase.  Looks like it's the best we are getting this year.

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      SilentHero117 Alpha Member #1132 - 1 month ago
      In reply to daveevad:

      I'm in the same boat, though I am ready for a change.   Currently looking for a music subscription that offers lyrics support.  It appears Microsoft is not interested in supporting this feature despite being one of the top requests for the past couple years.

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      glenn8878 Alpha Member #2387 - 1 month ago
      In reply to SilentHero117:

      Amazon Prime Music has lyric support. You get Prime shipping as a bonus.

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      Michael Rivers Alpha Member #2242 - 1 month ago
      In reply to daveevad:

      Me too -- my pi day Groove sub runs out in March. If that $50 gift card weren't in-store only, I'd probably continue the subscription.