Microsoft Announces Holiday Gift Certificates

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 29, 1997 — In addition to a lengthy list of new software titles to choose from this holiday gift-giving season, Microsoft Corp. is adding one more sure-to-please stocking stuffer to its list of holiday offerings – Microsoft® gift certificates. The certificates are scheduled to go on sale Nov. 1, 1997, and can be purchased with a credit card through the company’s Internet site at or by phone at (888) MSGIFT-1 (674-4381). Microsoft gift certificates will be available in $25 increments through Jan. 1, 1998.

“Microsoft gift certificates are the perfect solution for consumers who are looking for a gift for a PC enthusiast or new PC purchaser, but aren’t sure what software to get,”
said Steve Schiro, vice president of the end user customer unit at Microsoft.
“This convenient way to give a Microsoft product is guaranteed to deliver exactly what computer owners want and need.”

Consumers can purchase the certificates through Microsoft’s Web site at or by calling (888) MSGIFT-1 (674-4381). Customers can have the certificates mailed or delivered to either the purchaser or the recipient. Purchasers can personalize their gifts by including a message or greeting on each certificate. Recipients will have until June 30, 1998, to redeem their certificates at retailers offering Microsoft products.

Consumers aren’t the only ones to benefit from this program. Because the certificates are redeemable only by retailers carrying Microsoft products, the program helps bring consumers into participating stores.

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