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 9-December 13:
*Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card/code with purchase of HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
*In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on FitBit Charge HR.
This is a bit surprising to see it selling HoloLens competitors but not too much, since HoloLens isn’t out. Saving $100 is a good deal. And again, I’m not sold on wearables, most end up in a drawer after a month, and the price is not clear.
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.