Get Xbox Live gold for free…by buying Office 365?

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Microsoft’s latest iteration of its Office Suite is one hosted up in the cloud. Office 365 offers hosted versions of all of your favourite/most despised Office applications, and as such is a subscription based service. Uptake hasn’t quite been as high as Microsoft had hoped, and they’re now trying to tempt people to use the service…by offering them Xbox Live subscriptions.

Yup. purchase an annual Office 365 Home Premium annual or Office 365 University subscription between July 18, 2013 and September 28, 2013 and Microsoft will send you a code to redeem a year’s worth of Xbox Live, for free.

Usually, these sorts of promotions aren’t available in sunny (yet presently cold) South Africa, but this time, it is, making for a nice change. These are the applicable countries:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the U.K.

Office Home Premium costs R749,99 per year, and allows you to use the service on up to five client machines. Now it’ll also allow you to frag n00bs online and teabag their faces.

Of course, there are people who might prefer to use Google Drive, and pay for a PlayStation Plus subscription, but here’s no denying that Microsoft’s Office apps are superior to Google’s ones. The debate about whether or not Xbox Live is better than the PSN…well that’s a different discussion altogether.

Last Updated: July 19, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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