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 5-December 9:
    *Save up to 70% on select Windows tablets, starting at $49.
    *In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Save $120 on a Lumia 650, now only $79.

Only give these gifts to someone you don’t like. Those select Windows tablets are going to be very low end, and a Lumia is the technical equivalent of a fruit cake

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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