Microsoft is giving out big deals in the lead up to the new year

The festive season is upon us and like all major technology vendors, Microsoft is vying to get in on the holiday shopping bonanza. Starting on the 22nd of December, the company's Countdown to 2018 sale offers steep discounts on almost all of the Redmond giant's brands.

For the gamers among us, Microsoft is sparing no effort in converting you over to team Xbox, with a number of Xbox One bundles and games being purveyed on the cheap:

Xbox and Gaming

If you're looking to get a new PC for yourself or your loved ones for the holidays, Microsoft has you covered with both first-party and third-party hardware, alongside some choice deals on Mixed Reality headsets:

PCs and Mixed Reality

Alongside hardware deals, a number of deals will also be made available for the digital goodies found on the Microsoft Store, starting December 22:

Digital Deals

  • Xbox Digital Games: Save up to 65 percent on Middle Earth: Shadow of War and Forza Motorsport 7 and more. Plus, Xbox Live Gold members save up to 10 percent more.
  • PC Games: Save up to 50 percent on popular PC games, including Cuphead, World of Warships and others.
  • Books: Save up to 80 percent on Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Objective, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff, Etiquette and Espionage and others.
  • Movies & TV: Save up to 60 percent on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Spider-Man: Homecoming and others.
  • Apps: Save up to 75 percent on Affinity Photo, Dolby Access, djay Pro, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, Drawboard PDF and others.

Microsoft just ended its 12 Days of Deals last week and if you missed out on those, the Countdown to 2018 sale provides an excellent chance to make up for the lost opportunity.

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