Black Friday? More like Black November at Microsoft, with discounts on smartphones, tablets, laptops and consoles spread out all month.
In a desperate attempt to steal everyone else’s thunder, Microsoft has inaugurated what it calls its “Black Friday Offers” for 2014. Only none of the deals currently listed on Redmond’s online store kicks off November 28, which is this year’s actual Black Friday.
Instead, one promo is already available, a second one goes live November 24, and a bundle of additional promotions are offered the day before BF, aka Thanksgiving Day. So yeah, while normal, tradition-abiding folks will be stuffing their faces with scrumptious turkey and delicious gravy, sale addicts and tech geeks will be busy refreshing the no doubt laggy Microsoft Store.
First things first, don’t waste another second and order your HP Stream 7 Signature Edition copy now. The tiny Windows 8.1 tablet goes for $99, and unlike on Amazon, it’s in stock. Packed with plenty of free productive software, a one-year Office 365 Personal subscription and anti-virus program included, the Stream 7 is no powerhouse.
But given its sub-$100 price point, it offers plenty. 1,280 x 800 screen resolution, quad-core Intel Atom punch, 1 gig of RAM, 32 GB internal storage, microSD support, and up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. Remember when those kinds of specs commanded prices in the high $200s?
Next on Microsoft’s to-discount list – one of its cheapest Lumia phones. The 635, currently available for $0.01 with AT&T pacts and $99 outright. Where exactly is MS thinking of taking this? $60, maybe $50, free of contractual obligations, we presume.
Then you have that whole slew of gear due to be slashed Thanksgiving Day, starting with a middling Dell Inspiron 15 flavor that’s now appraised at $599. The Xbox One has savings on the way when bundled with Assassin’s Creed Unity or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, whereas the discounted Xbox 360 will be available all alone, or in a Peggle 2 combo.
Finally, a number of Xbone and 360 games are on the “Black Friday” roster, with Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Thief and The Evil Within likely to capture the attention of most bargain hunters. “More offers” could be revealed closer to the event, so keep an eye on Microsoft’s Store and us for updates.