What you need to know
- Microsoft is sending out gift cards to some individuals.
- Some have received $10 gift cards, while others have received $100 gift cards.
- The selection process for who receives gift cards is unclear, but Microsoft has confirmed the promotion.
Some lucky individuals are receiving Microsoft gift cards worth up to $100. Several Twitter users shared screenshots of gift cards being sent out by the tech giant. It's not clear how Microsoft selected which individuals would receive a gift card, but the Microsoft Store Twitter account confirmed the promotion in a message to The Verge.
Microsoft appears to have sent out $10 and $100 gift cards to recipients. If you have a Microsoft account or regularly get emails from Microsoft, it's probably worth checking your email. Make sure to check your spam folder as well.
A Microsoft spokesperson shared more details about the promotion with The Verge:
Microsoft Store gift cards can be used on a variety of content, including games, TV shows, movies, and hardware. If you're lucky enough to have received a $100 gift card, you could knock a significant portion of the price off of a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Duo 2. Even a $10 gift card could get you a month of Xbox Game Pass.
If you choose to pick up Xbox Game Pass, you'll get access to several of the best Xbox games.
Whether you've received a gift card or not, you can save on plenty of tech from Microsoft this holiday season. Some Microsoft Black Friday deals are already live. We also have a roundup of all the best Black Friday Surface deals that we'll keep up to date as more items go on sale.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you received a gift card? If so, what are you going to use it on?
I'm surprised that MS would send out emails like this. Study after study, including ones from MS, confirm that the social engineering is the biggest security risk. Getting people to click on a link in an unexpected email with the promise of receiving $10 or $100 seems the exact OPPOSITE of what MS should be doing. Mark my words, the spoofs are coming. C'mon MS, you gotta be more responsible than this!
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