Microsoft Celebrates the Windows 10 Anniversary with Windows Store Offers

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Groove Music, Microsoft Movies & TV, Windows 10, Xbox with 0 Comments

Microsoft Celebrates the Windows 10 Anniversary with Windows Store Offers

Here’s a tip for Windows 10 users: Microsoft is offering deals on apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music in the Windows Store tied to the July 29 anniversary of the initial Windows 10 release.

“We’re excited to share some great offers hitting the Windows Store [today] through July 29 as we countdown to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2,” Microsoft’s Mollie Ruiz-Hopper writes in a new post to the Windows Experience blog. “Enjoy new features on your favorite games, rent a movie for free and get up to four months of free music. Vote for your favorite titles in the Store for the chance to win one of 10 $50 Windows Store digital gift cards.”

You get the idea.

While there are many deals to be had, Microsoft is highlighting the following top offers:

Minecraft: Story Mode. The first episode of this hit mobile game is available for free, and the remaining 5 episodes are temporarily all 50 percent off.

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. Also marking the one-year anniversary of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, Microsoft has released a new roller coaster map for free.

Microsoft Solitaire. The first 1000 people who complete the new Windows 10 First Anniversary Star Collection will get a $10 Microsoft Store gift card.

Rent “School of Rock” for free. You can temporarily rent the movie School of Rock, starring Jack Black, for free from the Windows Store. (You have 14 days to start watching, and once you start watching, you have 24 hours to to finish watching.)

Four months of Groove Music Pass for free. As you may know, Microsoft normally offers one month of Groove Music Pass for free to new potential subscribers, but now you can get four months for free. This offer is available to anyone trialing the service or buying one month (where you get four months for the price of one), so you might be able to use this offer to extend an existing subscription too. (Not sure on that one.)

Age of Empires: Castle Siege. This Windows Store game is offering giveaways, contests, and free in-game boosts, Microsoft says.

There are more deals to be had, but you’ll need to really look for them. The movie Deadpool is $5 off at $10 (and it costs $6 to rent, so what the heck), I see, and the Grapholite diagramming app is $15 at $25, for example.

Additionally, Microsoft is holding a contest where you vote for your favorite Windows Store apps, games, movies and TV shows for a chance to win one of ten $50 Windows Store gift cards. Microsoft will announce the fan favorites on July 29.

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