Go Back to School With the Best in Tech

REDMOND, Wash. – July 25, 2012 – Classroom bells won’t start ringing again for a few more weeks, but it’s not too soon for students and their parents to start thinking about the tools young scholars will need once school begins. The latest technology products from Microsoft can help students perform at their best, stay connected to their families and friends back home, and enjoy the school year more.

Below you’ll find a collection of great technology products and offers for yourself, your kids, or the other students on your gift list. Whether you’re looking for a lightweight, powerful yet stylish laptop, a phone that puts state-of-the-art mobile technology at your fingertips, or other cool apps and devices, you’ll find plenty to choose from. (Enter the Cool Is In Session sweepstakes for a chance to win many of the products presented here; U.S. only.)

In addition to the tools and devices pictured here, Microsoft has an array of other outstanding technology products to make going back to school a great experience.


SkyDrive
can increase students’ productivity and lighten their load by making it easy for them to store their homework, notes and handouts in the cloud, and to access them at any time from any device. And with Skype for Windows Phone, students can keep in closer touch with family members at home and friends at other schools, connecting instantly with free Skype voice and video calls from wherever they are. They can even use Skype Credit to make affordable calls to landline and mobile phones anywhere in the world.

While SkyDrive enables students to be more productive and Skype helps them stay connected, Kinect for Xbox 360 helps them get fit and have fun with hours of controller-free entertainment. Find out about the latest games for Xbox 360 and Kinect.


Bing
is not only a great search engine that can make it easier for students to research their next term paper, it also has other features to help make the most of life on campus. Whether students are choosing a restaurant or deciding which movie to see, Bing can help. Bing Snapshot (see the video) brings relevant information right on the main search results page, including maps, movie times, restaurant menus and reviews so people can act quickly. Bing Shopping, meanwhile, helps students find the best deals quickly by showcasing local bargains and featuring both expert and user reviews.