Microsoft to Students: Buy a Surface Pro 4 and Get an Xbox One for Free

This is part of Microsoft’s attempt to entice students to purchase the Surface Pro 4. They essentially get a $300-discount when they purchase the tablet along with Xbox One, which means that they get the Xbox One for free.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The announcement comes a week after the company stated that it would stop production of its Surface 3 devices by year end.

“So [it´s] basically a free with the purchase of a Pro 4,” Terry Myerson, head of and at , told The Verge in an interview. The student offer starts today and will run until August 14th.

Microsoft initially targeted the 3 for students who are looking for a cheaper model of the .

It is not yet known whether a new model will take its place. However, word has it that Microsoft plans to do a refresh of its Surface Book and devices next year.

When asked about plans for an October 10 as there are for updates,  Myerson said that they would increasingly have plans as they go into the fall. He added that it's a natural time for them “to focus on new devices from [their] partners and from Microsoft.”

With new equipment being released by Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, and HP this year, Tom Warren of The Verge speculates that Microsoft may also be launching new devices this year.

He further speculates that the new initiative would either be a refresh of Microsoft's Band Wearable or the Xbox TV devices that should have been launched in E3.