Coming Soon: Microsoft’s Holiday 2019 Windows Weekly Giveaways

As he did last year, Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela has graciously donated some great hardware and software on Windows Weekly. And as we did last year, we’re going to give it all away here on

The giveaways are:

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  • 2 Surface Pro X (16 GB, 256 GB) (No Type Cover)
  • 2 Surface Pro 7 (16 GB, 256 GB) (No Type Cover)
  • 2 Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch) (AMD, 16 GB, 256 GB)
  • 10 product keys for a one-year Game Pass Ultimate subscription
  • 10 product keys for a one-year Office 365 Home subscription

We’ll do the giveaways in three batches—Game Pass, Office 365, and then the hardware—via three separate posts over the next week or so. Because we’re paying the shipping costs, the hardware will be U.S. and Canada only, sorry.

You can indicate your interest in any of these giveaways by commenting on each of the posts to come. Do not comment here to indicate you’re interested in any of these items. There will be separate posts for the Game Pass Ultimate codes, the Office 365 codes, the hardware, respectively. (To comment, you will need a site account, which is free.) And then I’ll close each post after 24 hours and choose the winners at random the next day.

The first post, for the Game Pass Ultimate product keys, will go live on Friday morning, December 20, 2019. Stay tuned, and thanks! —Paul

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  • seattlemike

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 8:23 am

    <p>Paul, I think you meant to say December 20, <strong>2019 </strong>at the end<strong>. </strong>And thanks for doing this<strong>! ?</strong></p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      19 December, 2019 - 8:30 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#499672">In reply to SeattleMike:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes, thanks. I'm wishing I had that long to do this. :)</p>

  • lprell

    19 December, 2019 - 8:56 am

    <p>As much as I wanted to get my hands on those Surface "beauties", as a brazilian, I completely understand the limitations of sending hardware overseas. Anyway, great content + great giveaways. Do not regret being a premium subscriber since the begining. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      19 December, 2019 - 9:28 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#499688">In reply to lprell:</a></em></blockquote><p>Appreciated, thanks!</p>

  • gstevenb

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 9:15 am

    <p>I know this is a true <strong>labor</strong> of love and appreciate the effort you put in. </p>

  • wosully

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 10:17 am

    <p>Thanks Paul! With the Windows 10 Field Guide and now this, I clearly owe you a decent beer. </p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 10:28 am

    <p>Paul, what would you all think about limiting some of these give-away type of events to Premium members?</p>

    • docpaul

      19 December, 2019 - 10:31 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#499703">In reply to Chris_Kez:</a></em></blockquote><p>Or perhaps, at least, a portion of the prizes available to premium members only. </p>

    • Orin

      19 December, 2019 - 10:58 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#499703">In reply to Chris_Kez:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don't know the ins and outs of it, but isn't it a legal requirement for giveaways that you can't require a purchase to be entered into a giveaway or something like that?</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      19 December, 2019 - 11:27 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#499703">In reply to Chris_Kez:</a></em></blockquote><p>So, two things to that.</p><p><br></p><p>First, this was done for Windows Weekly, not or Premium. So on that level, I couldn't really do that.</p><p><br></p><p>Second, as someone else pointed out, and as coworkers here seem to believe, there is this idea that you can't predicate a giveaway on a purchase because of something related to gambling. I am positive that's not literally true, in part because we could simply limit it to existing Premium customers, thus none would have spent money in order to get this chance. But whatever, I've been outvoted at work on that in the past. Also, see point number one. :)</p><p><br></p><p>Thanks for understanding,</p><p><br></p><p>Paul</p>

  • ErichK

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 10:33 am

    <p>This is fantastic! Man it would be great to win one of those Surfaces (Surfi?).</p>

  • tonchek

    19 December, 2019 - 10:43 am

    <p>Oh, yeah!</p>

  • robmille

    19 December, 2019 - 10:53 am

    <p>I can't wait to win them all! I'm entered in all of the contests! LOL </p><p><br></p><p>Actually, thanks much for doing the giveaway and looking forward to entering all of the contests. Thanks to Microsoft for providing the devices to give away.</p>

  • jlmerrill

    19 December, 2019 - 11:05 am

    <p>Thanks Paul and Microsoft for this. Now if only I could win a SL3 :-).</p>

  • Shawn Moshier

    19 December, 2019 - 11:06 am

    <p>Thanks Chris and Paul for this!</p>

  • jumpin69

    19 December, 2019 - 11:16 am

    <p>Thank you Paul for doing this, I know that it takes loads of effort from you. And I hope the FedEx driver makes it through the holidays LOL. </p>

  • virtualdanman

    19 December, 2019 - 11:18 am

    <p>Two things to say to this:</p><p>1 – SUH-WEET!</p><p>2 – Thank you so much for this. Love being a Premium member.</p><p>Oh, and – Happy Holidays everyone!</p>

  • tj

    19 December, 2019 - 11:20 am

    <p>I too would like to thank Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela for supplying the software and hardware for the Microsoft’s Holiday 2019 Windows Weekly Giveaway. Also thanks to Paul (for operating the Giveaway), Mary Jo, and Leo. Happy Holidays</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 11:27 am

    <p>Wow that was nice of Microsoft to give away that much hardware.</p>

  • David Guillaume

    19 December, 2019 - 11:54 am

    <p>:( I Live in the UK</p>

  • robert_wood

    19 December, 2019 - 12:00 pm

    <p>I watch or listen to Window's Weekly every week, but I think the yearly show that Chris is on is my favorite every year. I was so glad he talked about Microsoft on multiple platforms as one of his highlights. As someone who uses multiple platforms and enjoys Microsoft software the focus that they are putting on that is a big deal. </p><p>Thanks again!!</p>

  • Cdorf

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 12:05 pm

    <p>Wow that is awesome Chris- thank you. And thanks to Paul and company for doing the logistics of this. I hope people are respectful of all of this. This is Pauls time and money as well during a very busy time of year.</p>

  • doon

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 12:53 pm

    <p>Nice! Thanks!</p>

  • Jason Morden

    19 December, 2019 - 12:55 pm

    <p>Thanks for the opportunity to win these prizes. </p>

  • wdweldon

    19 December, 2019 - 1:09 pm

    <p> I just brought a Surface Pro 7 to a friend in Moscow, he is loving it!</p>

  • dxtremebob

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 1:18 pm

    <p>Thanks Chris and Paul!</p>

  • sgbassett

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 1:18 pm

    <p>It was interesting to hear Chris talk about Google and Microsoft being "partners" in developing products like the Surface Duo. I switched from Android to an iPhone a few years ago because everyone else in my family was using an iPhone and it just makes things simpler when it comes to messaging and Find My etc. But the Your Phone app is getting better and I sit in front of a Windows PC most of the day (or a Chromebook like I am using right now) and it would be great to have better integration between my phone and my computer. That will likely never happen with an iPhone. </p><p><br></p><p>I was at Costco last weekend and almost bought a Note 10 on sale for $500 (the Note 10+ was arguably a better deal at $630, but I like the size of my iPhone X and I am not sure I want anything as big as the Note 10+). Any thoughts on how far down this path the partnership between Microsoft and Google (Android) will go? Has the integration between Android and Windows been useful to others who sit in front of a PC much of the day?</p>

    • darrellprichard

      19 December, 2019 - 7:57 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#499812">In reply to sgbassett:</a></em></blockquote><p>I too am having to watch with envy from the sidelines as Android is getting all the Your Phone love. I'm totally in the iOS ecosystem now and even if I wanted to (which I don't), moving to Android is a non-starter. </p>

  • secgon

    19 December, 2019 - 1:26 pm

    <p>I would like to win all too.</p>

  • steinbring

    19 December, 2019 - 1:53 pm

    <p>Woot! :)</p>

  • randallcorn

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 2:03 pm

    <p>So you going to give away any Macs? lol</p>

  • mebby

    19 December, 2019 - 2:04 pm

    <p>Wow! Pretty cool!</p>

  • zbecka

    19 December, 2019 - 2:17 pm

    <p>Nice stack of hardware!</p>

  • nelsongr219

    19 December, 2019 - 2:33 pm

    <p>Was great video on GITHUB and how MS is working toward open sharing. The old MS was so closed and hard to get real answers for us smaller developers. Not a gamer so I would pass on Game Pass but other would be nice. I watch often and have followed you from X to Y over the years…have a book around here somewhere from old….yes I read, LOL!</p>

  • mefree

    19 December, 2019 - 2:46 pm

    <p>Very cool!</p>

  • DigitalAmoeba

    19 December, 2019 - 3:11 pm

    <p>Thank you for at least being super clear that hardware prizes can't be won outside North America, you've explained and that's understable on shipping costs. Thank you again for however for ensuring software/codes prizes will be international :D</p>

  • dwindleflip

    19 December, 2019 - 3:24 pm

    <p>Exciting. Good luck to everyone and have a great holiday season.</p>

  • Stoicjim

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 3:28 pm

    <p>A couple of questions:</p><p><br></p><p>Can you "enter" all of the three giveaways (with separate posts)?</p><p>If you win an earlier one (i.e., a Game Pass Ultimate subscription) are you precluded from winning another (i.e., a Surface Pro 7)?</p><p><br></p><p>Thanks</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      20 December, 2019 - 8:32 am

      You can enter all three and could theoretically win all three, I guess. 🙂 That would be weird, but we won’t prevent it.

  • Jeff

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2019 - 4:02 pm

    <p>Thanks for the opportunity to win!!</p>

  • hitupjason

    19 December, 2019 - 4:46 pm

    <p>Thanks for facilitating the giveaway. I would be blessed to win anything</p>

  • lsegarra

    19 December, 2019 - 5:05 pm

    <p>Thanks to you and Microsoft !</p>

  • llamichael

    19 December, 2019 - 5:18 pm

    <p>Thanks for the chance to participate! I wouldn't miss a Windows Weekly.</p>

  • oscar2

    19 December, 2019 - 5:41 pm

    <p>Thanks for the chance to win</p>

  • smarra

    19 December, 2019 - 5:48 pm

    <p>What a great holiday giveaway!</p>

  • eggrove

    19 December, 2019 - 6:27 pm

    <p>Make my spirit bright…Thanks for the chance to win!!!</p>

  • figuracion

    19 December, 2019 - 6:44 pm

    <p>Thank you Paul and Microsoft. I could really use the office 365 or any of the hardware.</p>

  • johnpattison

    19 December, 2019 - 7:15 pm

    <p>Maybe if you draw a hardware winner from outside of north america, they can make the choice whether they would want to pay the shipping cost? But still happy to win one of the license keys.</p>

  • buzzmodo

    19 December, 2019 - 7:29 pm

    <p>Very kind of Chris and Microsoft to step up! &nbsp;Happy Holidays &amp; Merry Christmas to all! </p>

  • joecanadian

    19 December, 2019 - 7:57 pm

    <p>It was a great episode yet again. Thanks to you and Mary Jo for bringing Chris to the show. </p>

  • shawnr

    19 December, 2019 - 8:19 pm

    <p>I listened to the Windows Weekly episode today and I was blown away by the list of giveaways. Thanks for making it all possible!</p>

  • bobvccnv

    19 December, 2019 - 11:07 pm

    <p>Great episode with Chris this week. WW is one of my "must listen to" podcasts every week. It was great to hear Chris say that MS appreciates Paul and Mary Jo's work.</p><p><br></p>

  • rioricohistorian

    19 December, 2019 - 11:09 pm

    <p>Thank you Paul and Chris!</p>

  • viewer1999

    20 December, 2019 - 2:29 am

    <p>Very good of Chris and Paul to donate these. Thanks.</p>

  • murph

    20 December, 2019 - 6:39 am

    <p>Awesome, thanks guys!</p>

  • CRoebuck

    Premium Member
    20 December, 2019 - 7:57 am

    <p>Wow, just wow. Many thanks to Paul, Chris (MS) and the whole Windows Weekly team (and Brad). I enjoy my daily dose of whilst doing my Dev job in the UK and now I have an office in the US I guess I can legitimately enter the festive giveaway too !!! Bonus 🙂 </p><p><br></p><p>But back to serious matters. Anytime you put out opinions in the public domain there will always be haters. My favourite expression is that "People tend to criticise things they don't understand" . I think the way you guys handle this and that the quality of the writing on this site is not degraded in any way in order to compensate for such haters is a testament to the professionalism. Best wishes to you all and your families for a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.</p>

  • mrdrwest

    20 December, 2019 - 8:32 am

    <p>Paul, my mornings start at ~3AM</p>

  • jb

    20 December, 2019 - 8:34 am

    <p>Fantastic </p>

  • windowsme

    20 December, 2019 - 8:52 am

    <p>Great news!</p>

  • baalho

    20 December, 2019 - 9:03 am

    <p>i have a good feeling about this year's giveaway!</p>

  • evennotodd

    20 December, 2019 - 9:55 am

    <p>Any idea what dates you are posting the other two posts?</p>

  • blecard

    20 December, 2019 - 10:11 am

    <p>Great holiday giveaway!</p><p><br></p>

  • bigrock62

    20 December, 2019 - 10:49 am

    <p>What a great show and how nice that provide these great gifts.</p>

  • onephoto75

    20 December, 2019 - 12:51 pm

    <p>I learn so much … always great to see Microsoft working to better there product.. Great Giveaway ! Happy Holidays Mary, Paul, Leo And Chris !</p>

  • agatre

    20 December, 2019 - 1:02 pm

    <p>Thank You Paul count me in</p>

  • marvyn

    Premium Member
    20 December, 2019 - 2:04 pm

    <p>Paul – thanks again, particularly for the effort it takes to put these things on. And, as for the inevitable grief you seem to take on these from certain corners, well, you know what to do on that front.</p><p><br></p><p>Enjoy the holidays.</p>

  • payton

    Premium Member
    20 December, 2019 - 2:14 pm

    <p>Did you mean Friday morning December 21? Today (Thursday) is the 20th.</p>

    • PcGuy8088

      20 December, 2019 - 5:10 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#500649"><em>In reply to Payton:</em></a></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote><em>My calendar says Paul is correct.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • kd5hiy

    20 December, 2019 - 2:22 pm

    <p>Going for the running of one of the Surfaces Pro's. Keep up the good work y'all.</p>

  • dwhitetopgun

    20 December, 2019 - 3:00 pm

    <p>Where is the Friday post indicated?</p>

    • PcGuy8088

      20 December, 2019 - 8:08 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#500709">In reply to dwhitetopgun:</a></em></blockquote><p>OK good I searched and searched and could not find any entry post. Perhaps something has come up and Paul has to reschedule the entry time frame. </p>

  • hturner

    Premium Member
    21 December, 2019 - 2:12 am

    <p>Thank you for the opportunity. Any one of the prizes would be a welcome opportunity.</p>

  • avery1317

    21 December, 2019 - 3:07 am

    <p>Looking forward to trying out a Surface product.</p>

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  • olesure

    21 December, 2019 - 11:26 am

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thank You Paul please count me in. </span></p>

  • sbaker51

    21 December, 2019 - 12:42 pm

    <p>It would be great to win something, so please consider this a comment though I'm not sure if this is the correct place to do so given the "Do not comment here to indicate you're interested in any of these items." above. Since I don't see any other place at which to comment, this is a 'better safe than sorry' approach. </p>

  • trusty

    21 December, 2019 - 1:29 pm

    <p>Love your Windows Weekly podcast. Been listening since the start. Please count me in on the give aways.</p>

  • oedi88

    21 December, 2019 - 1:35 pm

    <p>Happy holidays to everyone</p>

  • tech48

    21 December, 2019 - 6:16 pm

    <p>Thanks for the opportunity to win this is the first time I ever tried to win anything like this. Keep up the good work on this web site and the podcast that you do.</p>

  • crosshaven computers

    22 December, 2019 - 5:36 pm

    <p>Great show really enjoyed it</p>

  • hcoluccio

    22 December, 2019 - 7:19 pm

    <p>Thank you Mr. <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Capossela, it's great that you do this every year. Happy holidays everyone.</span></p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    22 December, 2019 - 7:50 pm

    <p>Nice one Paul well done to yourself and Chris Caposella from Microsoft for this nice giveaway to readers. I am located in Australia and completely understand this offer not being made available outside the US &amp; Canada as the shipping costs would be significant. Best wishes to all who enter as you will be getting a very nice PCgift. Merry Xmas &amp; a happy new year 2020 to all at</p>

  • ekiledjian

    22 December, 2019 - 7:54 pm

    <p>Love the show with Chris Cap. I look forward to this show every year. </p>

  • robschapiro

    22 December, 2019 - 10:36 pm

    <p>I'm so confused. I heard about the giveaway when I listened to the archived version of Windows Weekly this weekend (on Sunday). I signed up for the free site account (and, after seeing all of the premium content references, I'm thinking of a premium membership). But I stand confused as to when this starts and where the posts are going to be for me to comment and enter… The Game Pass was supposed to be live on Friday, Dec. 20 and end after 24 hours? Is this the post and/or is the opportunity already gone? Any guidance would be appreciated. Side note: I got side-tracked by one post from my search of Windows Weekly Giveaway that said (Updated), but that was from a year ago… Nevertheless, if this is where I'm supposed to indicate interest, consider me interested.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      23 December, 2019 - 7:51 am

      It happened as promised, yes. The Office 365 giveaway will be today.

      This is not where you are supposed to indicate interest, no.

  • pgillick

    23 December, 2019 - 9:49 am

    <p>I'd love to win!</p>

  • jhearn

    23 December, 2019 - 12:22 pm

    <p>Ho Ho</p>

  • fauveld

    23 December, 2019 - 12:40 pm

    <p>Merry Christmas!</p>

  • alokeprasad

    23 December, 2019 - 2:13 pm

    <p>Long time reader first time poster</p>

  • vancan

    23 December, 2019 - 5:11 pm

    <p>Happy Holidays to all from Vancouver Canada. Office 365 home will be a useful tool for 2020.</p>

  • fisserbabsie

    23 December, 2019 - 10:58 pm

    <p>Thank you for this opportunity. I think you are very generous God bless you.</p>

  • brin0927

    24 December, 2019 - 2:28 am

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Interested in the Office 365 giveaway!</span></p>

  • bddiskind

    26 December, 2019 - 12:15 am

    <p>Surface Laptop 3, all right!!</p>

  • learningtotech

    26 December, 2019 - 1:53 am

    <p><img src="">I am 64 and a nurse. I will be loosing my job on 1/2/2020. One of my issues is not having up to date computer skills. I am now acquiring them. A little to late, but there is always hope. Anything to help would be appreciated.</p>

  • oor1can

    26 December, 2019 - 9:41 am

    <p>Another awesome show, it was good to see the direction Microsoft is heading in. </p>

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    26 December, 2019 - 2:31 pm


  • mikekw

    27 December, 2019 - 3:05 pm

    <p>The Capossela show is always a must listen. Thanks for handling the give away.</p>

  • edd683

    27 December, 2019 - 4:26 pm

    <p>Thanks for the chance to win and keep up the good work with windows!!</p>

  • ephino

    28 December, 2019 - 8:53 am

    <p>Thank you for doing this give away!!!!</p>

  • henrythepro8

    28 December, 2019 - 8:55 am

    <p>Thank you for this awesome chance</p>

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