Redmond, Washington – Microsoft Corp., the developer of Windows Operating System series and the Xbox Consoles has made a surprising news to the students – Free Xbox360 for every purchase of PC amounting to $699 and higher with Windows 7 in it, just last week Microsoft surprised us with its purchase of Skype for a shocking amount of $8.5 Billion.

It is a bold and unexpected move for Microsoft to bundle up Xbox 360 for free in Windows 7 PC, but take note, only PC which means laptops and notebooks with windows 7 are not qualified. The big question is why? Is Microsoft desperate enough to sell its Windows 7 OS or its Xbox 360 which according to reports are both doing well in the market.

Many speculated that this is a desperate move for Microsoft to increase the PC sales for it has been declining due to the rapid growing of tablet industry. It is evident that PC or desktop computers had been “on the shelves” since high performing laptops and notebooks competed with them in the early 2000 and now Tablet has taken the market by a storm.

So is it really the end of PC? Two experts from top PC company debunked the issue.

“As wonderful as tablets are, it doesn’t replace a workstation or a high-resolution display,” Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive of chip designer Nvidia Corp.

“The PC may change its appearance and its form, but it will continue to be a requirement for most people to have a desk environment that gives them easy access with a large screen and a fast input device,” said Dave Johnson, head of strategy at Dell Inc.

Maybe the question should be why bundle it with Xbox 360 and only for students? Shouldn’t we be keeping students away from too much video games?

In my opinion, this is unfair for when Xbox was released, I have to be a working student and worked graveyard shift as a news writer in order to buy an Xbox and a second hand PC and by the way I purchased both separately, well time has change and who knows, maybe 5 years from now Laptops will be bundled for free too.

Here is the Official Press Release from Microsoft:

REDMOND, Wash., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced a new offer for students who purchase a new Windows 7-based PC. Starting May 22, students buying a new Windows 7-based PC priced at $699 (U.S.) or more will also get a free Xbox 360 4GB console. Students will be able to choose from the wide range of stylish, powerful and innovative Windows 7-based PCs to find the one that’s right for them based on the features, color, size and price they want. The offer is available at participating retailers for current students in the U.S. while supplies last. Similar student-focused offers will be coming soon in Canada and France.

“A hot new Windows 7-based PC with a free Xbox 360 is the ultimate productivity, social and entertainment package for students,” said Kathleen Hall, general manager of Windows Marketing at Microsoft. “In one shot, with this great offer, Microsoft is giving students everything they need for a successful new school year.”
Today’s Windows 7-based PCs come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors, and many new PCs boast built-in Blu-ray drives, 3G connections and leading-edge technologies, such as 3-D displays and multitouch-capable screens. With more than 1 million devices and apps that work with a Windows 7-based PC, students’ smartphones, printers, digital music players and cameras will work with their PCs with ease right out of the box. With the addition of Microsoft Office 2010 for Home and Student with OneNote, students can create presentations for class, take and organize digital notes, manage group projects and assignments, and easily stay on top of class schedules. And with an Xbox 360, students can not only have fun gaming but also can enjoy a range of entertainment options, including streaming videos, sports, music and more.
To take advantage of this offer, students or parents must provide valid student identification as defined by the participating retailer.