Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous. In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:

  • Day 10-December 14:
    *Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799.
    *In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get Quantum Break, Halo 5 and Forza Motorsport 6 for $19.99.

Again, saying “up to” doesn’t tell us how much we will save. The vagueness is annoying. That doesn’t preclude a deal, though. The in-store deal is very good as all three titles are very popular. In fact, you or the ones you are shopping for might already own them.

All told there are some great deals, some not-so-great deals, and a few where Microsoft looks to be blowing out old inventory. Still, it’s a lot more than Apple is offering.

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