Redmond kicked off a sales event today called 12 Days of Deals. It is offering significant discounts on various products, the event lasts 12 days and each day there will be a new product being offered at a reduced price. Customers can take advantage of the deals either online or through Microsoft Store locations. The first deal that the company had officially unveiled was the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet being offered for $199. It was available today for this discounted price and has already sold out. A list revealing all of the products and discounts that Microsoft plans to offer over the next 11 days has leaked online.
Apart from the daily deals, the list also reveals that Microsoft Store locations will be offering “doorbuster” pricing for the first 20 customers. For example, the Garmin Fitness Watch + $25 gift card that is expected to be offered tomorrow for $129.99 will be offered for $99.99 to the first 20 customers that enter Microsoft Store locations. The list includes popular products such as the Nokia 1020, GTA 5 for Xbox 360, Lumia 1520, Surface Pro tablets and more. With doorbuster discounts offering an added incentive to line up early outside Microsoft Stores, the company is likely to entire a lot of people to drop by and pick up the discounted products. Doorbuster discounts will not be offered online. Check out the list posted above for all of the details regarding the products and discounts. [Image via Slickdeals]
Due to a tax dispute, authorities in India have freezed Nokia’s assets. The Finnish manufacturer has sold its devices and services division to Microsoft, the sale has already received approval from Nokia shareholders, the EU Commission as well as the U.S. Department of Justice. With the deal set to be completed in the first quarter of 2014, unfrozen assets could result in complications during transfer of ownership of the assets located in India. On top of the amount it has already agreed to pay, Nokia has offered to pay an additional $369 million so that its assets, particularly a phone manufacturing facility in Chennai, is unfrozen.
Nokia has said that the tax dispute in India won’t affect the deal at a major scale, the only problems it will create though will be in transfer of ownership. Once the deal closes, the manufacturing facility along with other relevant assets will be handed over to Microsoft. If the assets are not unfrozen by the time the deal closes, they can not be transferred. However, the manufacturing facility will be allowed to operate as usual. To avoid shutting down production, Microsoft will have to bring Nokia on board as a contract manufacturer until the tax dispute is resolved and the assets, including the facility, is finally handed over to Microsoft. Redmond has agreed to pay $7.17 billion for Nokia’s devices and services division.