Microsoft is celebrating the holidays by sending out tens of thousands of virtual gift cards, each worth up to $100.
The recipients of the free gift are chosen at random, so check your inbox (and junk folder!) if you have a Microsoft account to see if you’re one of the lucky ones.
The gift card can be used in the online Microsoft Store until December 31, 2021, and it must be used within 90 days of being redeemed.
“To help spread holiday cheer, Microsoft Store has surprised a total of 50,000 U.S. customers with virtual gift cards via email,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge. Ahead of the holiday season, 25,000 customers will receive a $100 Microsoft Gift Card, while another 25,000 will receive a $10 Microsoft Gift Card.”
Early this week, reports surfaced on social media that Microsoft was sending out virtual gift cards. Naturally, some recipients wondered if it was a scammer posing as Microsoft, but the giveaway is genuine (though proceed with caution if you receive an email purporting to be from Microsoft or any other company offering a free gift).
The Microsoft Store has a variety of deals on Xbox equipment, Surface tablets, and PCs.
You can use your voucher toward a costly item, but if you’ve received a $100 voucher, there are plenty of “free” tech accessories available. A quick scan of the store reveals that Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ earbuds are on sale for $100, down from $150.
If you haven’t received a gift card from Microsoft after checking your email, guess you’ll have to spend your own money this holiday season. If that’s the case, take a look at Digital Trends’ handy guide to the best tech deals right now.