First 50 to bring an Apple iPad to Microsoft Store by Sunday get free year of Office 365

First 50 to bring an Apple iPad to Microsoft Store by Sunday get free year of Office 365
So you just downloaded and installed the Microsoft Office suite on your Apple iPad. Now what? Well, if you're satisfied just to read previously worked on documents, or give presentations, you're cool. But if you want to get your hands dirty, create your own documents from scratch, or even edit older documents, you will need an Office 365 subscription. This costs $99.99 for a year, although students can snag one for $80. And later this spring, a personal edition will be offered for $70.

But what can you do if you don't want to shell out any more cash? Well, thanks to a deal being run by Microsoft that starts Friday, we'd set the alarm real early, make sure the car is gassed up, and head over to the nearest Microsoft Store before the doors open. You see, starting tomorrow, Microsoft is giving away a free Office 365 subscription to the first 50 people to show up to a Microsoft Store wielding an iPad. It can't be any easier.

The one-year subscription includes the latest Microsoft applications, and you can share the package with up to four members of your household. You can use it on up to five PCs or Macs AND 5 iPads or Windows tablets. You also get 20GB of OneDrive cloud storage, just the place to store the Office documents you create on your iPad. Up to five people get that 20GB of storage. You can make calls in 60 countries with 60 minutes of  free Skype each month. And you can access your documents using Office Mobile apps for the Apple iPhone, Android and Windows Phone handsets.

While the offer officially ends on Sunday, you would probably have to live in a one-horse town for your local Microsoft Store not to have hit the limit of 50 Office 365 subscriptions that are being handed out for free starting tomorrow. So have your keys by the nightstand along with your iPad, and a trusty alarm clock set to wake you. You know where you're going first thing in the morning!


source: @MicrosoftStore via WPCentral

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20 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Cool marketing strategy from Microsoft.

2. papss unregistered

It doesn't matter the reason.. This is a good thing

3. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Bringing an iPad and "bringing in" an iPad are two completely different things.

4. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

What a sick thing. Mankind can't get any worse.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Not the worst trade-in deal, but hardly the best. I'd gladly give $100 for an iPad 2 or higher, and I #$%@ing hate Apple and iProducts. Unless it's broken or something, eBay or Craigslist will get you a better deal.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

RTFA. Nobody's trading anything in.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

OK, I actually read the offer instead of just glossing over it and assuming. It's not a trade-in. They're simply offering a free year of Office for your iPad if you bring it in. The fine print does say "To be eligible, customer must participate in the “Put My iPad to Work” social campaign.”" Whatever that is.

8. papss unregistered

Who thought otherwise? This is just free sh!t

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I did. I didn't read the fine details and assumed it was a trade-in, since competing companies often do "bring our competetor's device" trade-in promotions.

14. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Lol all the haterz assume before reading. Now that is a new one (not)

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No, thanks, Microsoft, I have no need to pay for your apps, when I have excellent alternatives for all of my devices...

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No thanks, Microsoft, I have no need to pay for your apps when I have excellent alternatives by way of Pirate Bay and tTorrent Pro, not to mention Unlimited Data on Verizon, so, I can download your apps and Apple's apps and everybody else's apps for FREEEEE...! More importantly, I don't have to wake up early and race to one of your stores like an idiot to get something that is already available on the interweb.

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i would to the same to, why pay ms and apple in return they give us subpar products....

18. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

True, although, MicroSilliSoft has made a huge improvement in their Smartphone/Tablet department (not so much their mobile OS). i Hate it, though, how they're trying to make everything proprietary and subscription-based like the big 'Granny Smith'; they, too, want to control and brAinwash their herd. I used to be a big Windows Mobile guy but, that's soooooo 2000-l8t!! ....

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

WM is much better than WP, so was I, I was using HTCHD2 and Htc Tytan,,

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'd hate to use a tiny cheap tablet to try to make documents on. Nothing less than a physical keyboard for long documents like Word, and a mouse is almost a must for Excel and Powerpoint. I'm happy to make small documents on my Lumia and be able to access any other document from OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) at any time for sharing and quick edits. Ipads are such a joke. I'm glad my work has phased them out for Dell Venue 8 Pros.

12. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Okay then ._. Good for you sir

13. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

99 dollars a year?! You cant even own the damn app for that price??? The CEO needs to lay off the meth. I'm starting to hate MS. Im so glad I switched to the Playstation. At about 3 years after the 360 was released, MS started getting more and more greedy the more they pull into their products once they are booked. Like the DRM they had to go back on and this crap they pull.

15. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

You also get access to full desktop version too. You get access across all platforms.

19. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

You're basically paying for the cloud.

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