Good news, Microsoft fans! For a limited time buying Microsoft products will get you more Microsoft products for free. To be more specific, you’ll get a yearlong subscription to Xbox Live Gold when you purchase the new(ish) Microsoft Office 365 which also happens to be a subscription based software suite. Advertised as a back-to-school deal, the offer is good from July 18 through September 28, and despite some initial concerns, it is available in the United States as well as 38 other countries.
So go wild—at the cost of free, Xbox Live Gold suddenly doesn’t look like such a ripoff after all.
Silver members may notice something screwy when they log in to Xbox Live today. Don’t panic – everyone’s getting the Gold treatment through the weekend, at no cost.
The promotion began at 9 a.m. Central, and it will continue through noon Monday. While it’s active, you can check out online multiplayer, stream video on Netflix (provided you have a Netflix account), and access a variety of other Xbox audio and video apps.
Games including Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Far Cry 3 are holding special double XP multiplayer promotions over the weekend, so this is a great time for Silver Members try them out if they haven’t already.
In days of yore, the world’s greatest minds strived and strained to create gold from where there was none. Now, Microsoft is finally realizing the secrets of alchemy. Not only that, but it’s sharing its riches with the world (well, parts of it) by making Xbox Live Gold free for all until Monday, April 22.
Xbox 360 owners in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Japan can access the Gold service for nada right now, with the temporary freedom granted until 1PM ET (10AM PT) on Monday.