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Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
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Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide Download Version.doc.doc
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  • 1. The holiday season is prime time for technology buying and gift giving, and Microsoft Corp. is front and center with our hardware partners offering the industry’s broadest and most-compelling product lineup. With Windows Vista-based PCs expected to be among the hottest sellers, Windows Mobile software bringing powerful new computing capabilities to the latest must-have cell phones, the phenomenally successful “Halo 3” and Xbox 360 captivating gamers, the revamped Zune mounting the strongest challenge yet to the iPod, and Windows Home Server connecting today’s digital home, Microsoft-certified products have something for everyone. Here’s the ultimate seasonal selection of cool offerings hand-picked by our team of experts. No consumer technology guide is complete without them! Hey, we did all the hard work for you!
  • 2. Personal Computers HP Pavilion dv2500 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx Entertainment Notebook PC Customize your world and experience with the HP Pavilion dv2500, the next generation of notebook computers. A great gift for anyone on the shopping list, the dv2500 has a . full-size keyboard, optional low- light webcam and dual omni- directional microphones — everything you need to enjoy your digital life. The 14" widescreen display brings viewing bliss, while high-quality sound from integrated Altec Lansing speakers and dual headphone jacks offer the sound quality you demand, even when sharing. Stay productive wherever you go with the Windows Vista Network and Sharing Center, which lets you connect easily and with improved security to wireless networks when you’re out and about. The dv2500 comes with integrated wireless LAN and optional Bluetooth; estimated retail price $829.
  • 3. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx HP Pavilion dv9500 Entertainment Notebook PC HP Pavilion dv9500 is a multimedia powerhouse . packed full of everything you need to enjoy, create and experience your world online and offline. Use HP QuickPlay to access your entire digital entertainment library at the touch of a button or stream to your TV via Windows Media Center. The HP Pavilion dv9500 can be a fully functional multimedia machine with omni-directional microphones, 256MB dedicated video memory, a 17" high-definition widescreen and integrated Altec Lansing speakers. The HP Pavilion dv9500 also comes with integrated wireless LAN with optional Bluetooth for optimal wireless connectivity; estimated retail price $879.
  • 4. HP Blackbird 002 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx A great gift for the PC gaming enthusiast on the list, the award-winning HP Blackbird 002 is designed for gamers, by gamers, from the aluminum chassis and back panel LED lighting to a completely customizable BIOS and full- system liquid cooling, to fulfill every gamer’s PC needs. Although the system was designed with gamers in mind, it is also ideal for anyone needing a high-performance machine. Experience a smooth process when it comes to photo, video and music editing by using Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker on the HP Blackbird 002; estimated retail price $2,500. . Gateway One http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx An elegant, compact, all-in- one design and powerful technology make the Gateway One the ideal PC for family rooms and bedrooms. Featuring Windows Vista Home Premium and Intel dual-core processing, this is the next generation in personal computing. Its clutter-free design presents an upscale, stylish look with invisible speakers and a single cord running from the system. A wireless keyboard, mouse and LAN contribute to its streamlined graceful design. When combined with a TV tuner, its brilliant display, high-
  • 5. quality audio and quiet operation make it the ideal entertainment PC. Available starting in November; estimated retail price $1,299. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx Dell Inspiron 1520/1521 Inspired design, inspired price, incredible mobility. The Inspiron 1520/1521 has UltraSharp 15.4“ HD widescreen display, integrate webcam and choice of powerful dual-core processors. Powered by Microsoft Windows Vista, this notebook is ideal for media, entertainment or casual gaming on the go. Built-in Wi-Fi, mobile broadband and Bluetooth combined with MediaDirect with Instant Office gives you fast access to your digital life from anywhere. And because it’s your digital life, customize your Inspiron with eight unique colors ranging from Flamingo Pink to Midnight Blue to Espresso Brown; estimated retail price $699. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx Dell XPS 720 Experience one of the most technologically advanced gaming computers in the world: the XPS 720 gaming desktop. With its multicore processors, a discrete physics processing unit and dual SLI- enabled NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, you will be ready to take on all the new DirectX 10-based titles. And for
  • 6. those who want take their gaming to the next level, better connections allow you to hook up to large, high- resolution displays without impacting realism or fluidity of play. Plus, if you’re a parent, Windows Vista Parental Controls makes it easy for you to set rules for your kids’ PC time, so you can manage access to Web sites and games, and set time limits; estimated retail price $1,699. Dell XPS M1330 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx The XPS M1330 makes a statement with beautiful curves and sleek colors, and can go with you anywhere because it’s super thin (0.9 inches) and available at under four pounds. In addition, an integrated 2.0 megapixel webcam makes it easy to create a video blog or add video to instant message chats with friends and family. Use it as a portable entertainment center to tag, . organize, share and view photos with Windows Photo Gallery; estimated retail price $1,299.
  • 7. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx Sony VAIO CR Holiday shoppers have an array of vibrant colors to choose from with the new Sony Vaio CR, a cutting-edge holiday fashion statement. With its 14.1" widescreen LCD with XBRITE-ECO LCD technology, this notebook is an astonishing sight to behold. Backed by the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system and Intel Centrino Duo processor technology, this lightning-fast, super-powerful notebook is packed with entertainment and design extras to help you make a digital statement. Wandering the Web is also safer when using Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, because the address bar turns bright green when visiting certified businesses and bright red when a phishing site is unknowingly encountered; estimated retail price $950. Sony VAIO SZ http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx Experience an advanced level of on-the-go computing in a sleek package. The slim, lightweight VAIO SZ Notebook delivers smart mobile design, right-now performance and contemporary sleek style. With a wide range of connectivity options, an ultra-sharp 13.3" widescreen display, long . battery life and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, you can do more. Tweak your key mobile preferences with ease with
  • 8. Windows Mobility Center, and take advantage of the built-in camera and microphone to make real-time video conferencing a breeze, so you can always stay in touch; estimated retail price $1,700. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx Sony VGC-LT The VAIO LT HD PC-TV has everything you need in a compact, beautiful design. Experience and record Blu-ray Disc media in amazing HD resolution, and watch it on the 22" widescreen cable-ready HDTV that is elegantly framed with a transparent border to produce a stunning floating effect. With an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM and a massive hard drive, it has what you need for true digital enjoyment. Powered by Windows Vista and with . wireless LAN technology, the Sony VGC-LT has incredible wireless speed, powerful performance and cutting- edge technology all in a great package; estimated retail price $1,900.
  • 9. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/shop/coolpcs/default.mspx The Satellite X205 A great gift idea for the “gamer on the go,” the Satellite X205 notebook brings gaming experiences to life. Catch all the action with Toshiba’s 17" Widescreen XGA+ TruBrite display and the NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT graphics card, with 256MB dedicated video RAM! Amp up the audio with four built-in Harman Kardon speakers and subwoofer. Get lightning speed from the Intel Centrino Duo processor. Burn, rip and store more multimedia files with the HD DVD-ROM Super Multi drive. And the dual 120GB or 160GB hard drives and 1GB LAN connectivity will give you incredible downloading. The Satellite X205, your digital world as it was meant to be; estimated retail price $2,399. HP EX470 MediaSmart Home http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/buy.msp x Server Digital devices and media are becoming increasingly central to family life. More and more of our holiday memories, entertainment and work — photos, music, video, documents — are on computers, other devices or online. Home networking is here. Households with more than two PCs and a broadband network total 15.5 million in the U.S. and approximately 50 million worldwide. The average house
  • 10. has 1,000 digital documents, 1,300 digital songs, 240 videos and 1,400 digital photos; estimated retail price: 500 GB version - $599; 1 TB version - $749.
  • 11. Entertainment and Mobile Devices Xbox 360 http://www.xbox.com/hardware/wheretobuy/?WT.svl=nav At the top of most wish lists is the Xbox 360. Fusing powerful hardware, software and services, Xbox 360 fully engages you in a gaming experience that is more expansive, dramatic and lifelike, where the possibilities are limitless and your imagination knows no boundaries. Games: Unprecedented string of seven blockbuster titles that are expected to sell a million units: "Madden NFL 08,", "BioShock," the record-breaking "Halo 3," "Project Gotham Racing 4," "Mass Effect," "Guitar Hero III" and "Call of Duty 4." “Halo 3” will be a global phenomenon this holiday; it has already garnered more than $300 million in sales the first week alone. This holiday season, Microsoft is offering two specials: Xbox Arcade: Family-oriented SKU that includes several original Xbox game titles preloaded on the console; estimated retail price $279. Holiday Special: Two games (“Forza Motorsport 2” and “Marvel Ultimate Alliance”) will be included with every Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Elite console, a retail savings of $90.
  • 12. http://www.zune.net/products/wheretobuy.htm Zune Just in time for the holidays and now available in five colors, the Zune 30GB digital media player is easy to use, easy to love and easy to fit in a stockings. Store up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video. Share full-length tracks, albums, playlists and pictures with wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing; estimated retail price: 4GB - $149, 8GB - $199, 30GB $199; 80GB - $249. The Zune Marketplace store has over 3 million tracks — including over 1 million DRM-free MP3s — over 5,000 music videos, and over 1,000 free audio and video podcasts. Plus, for the price of one CD a month, get a Zune Pass to download whatever music you want for a flat rate. Create a free, customizable Zune Card that automatically updates to reflect the music you are listening to. View friends’ Zune Cards to discover new artists, and listen to a 30-second sample of any songs on their card. Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/pro ductdetails.aspx?pid=080 It’s time to experience the ultimate keyboard and mouse —– designed specifically for your Windows Vista-powered PC. The completely rechargeable mouse and backlit keyboard makes it easier than ever to control PC media from your desk, from your lap or from anyplace else you want to. The 2.4GHz Bluetooth Technology ensures lightning-fast response. The enhanced design featuring a Battery Status Indicator, state-of-the-art navigation pad, Windows Start Button, Windows Live Call Button, four USB Ports and the ultra-thin “Comfort Curve” keyboard design will help make all of your computing experiences more convenient and more comfortable than ever before; estimated retail price $299.95.
  • 13. http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/pro ductdetails.aspx?pid=097 Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000 Perfect for notebook PC users, the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000 is ergonomically designed with high-performance features, making computing more responsive and comfortable. It provides a confident wireless connection with up to 30-foot range, even in crowded wireless environments. Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel Technology and, with Windows Vista, easily flip through all open windows with Flip 3D. Plug in the snap-in receiver when you’re ready to work, then snap it into your mouse when you travel to preserve battery life; estimated retail price $49.95. . http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/gaming/productdetails.as px?pid=100 SideWinder Gaming Mouse Love PC gaming? Then you need the revolutionary SideWinder Gaming Mouse. Take your skills to the next level with this incredible mouse designed to provide you with unprecedented performance, handling and adaptability. And now, with every game you play, you can customize your mouse’s settings by using advanced software and adjustable accessories to ensure that you’re getting the top performance every time you play. Plus, the first-ever LCD display on a gaming mouse allows for macro recording and DPI settings, reducing on-screen interference during game play. If you are serious about gaming, then you have to have the SideWinder; estimated retail price $79.95. .
  • 14. Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/gaming/productdetails.as px?pid=090 The best way to play new holiday games is with the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows. It delivers precision, comfort and control for next-generation gaming, as well as a consistent experience across Windows Vista, Windows XP and Xbox 360. It has a 30- foot wireless range and works on the PC or Xbox 360, which is unique to any PC gamepad on the market. In addition, its improved ergonomic design enables extended play for long gaming sessions, and its adjustable vibration feedback gives you a better feel for the game. Precise thumb sticks and two analog pressure-point triggers enable accurate control of any game, and an identical button layout across platforms removes hassle for users to learn new controller layouts; estimated retail price $59.95 (comes with Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows). http://www.xbox.com/hardware/x/xbox360wirelessgamingrecei ver/default.htm Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows The Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows allows you to use all of your Xbox 360 wireless accessories, including the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller and Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, on any PC running Windows Vista or Windows XP (SP1 or higher). It streamlines your Windows Vista gaming experience and unclutters your desktop by eliminating the need for additional accessories when gaming on your PC. Use up to four Wireless Controllers and four Wireless Headsets simultaneously with one Wireless Gaming Receiver, and enjoy a 30-foot range for complete wireless freedom; estimated retail price $19.99.
  • 15. http://www.xbox.com/hardware/x/xbox360wirelessnetadapter/d efault.htm Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter For the Xbox fan who has everything, the Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter enhances your Xbox 360 experience in the digital home, seamlessly synchronizing with the Xbox 360 system. You can easily transfer videos and music to your Xbox 360 system from your Media Center PC, chat with your friends, play games via Xbox LIVE, and more — all without the clutter of wires; estimated retail price $99.99. http://www.xbox.com/hardware/x/xbox360messengerkit/ Xbox 360 Messenger Kit (aka Chatpad controller) Chatting with friends and family on Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs is easy using the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit. This device easily connects to any Xbox 360 controller and provides easy-to-use chat capabilities while maintaining gameplay functionality in one easy-to-hold device. The Messenger Kit includes a Chatpad and Xbox 360 Headset; estimated retail price $29.99.
  • 16. http://www.xbox.com/games/h/halo3/hub/default.htm Xbox 360 “Halo3” If they don’t already have it, they want it. “Halo 3” has officially become a global phenomenon, garnering more than $300 million in sales in the first week alone. The critically acclaimed Xbox 360 exclusive is the fastest-selling video game ever and one of the most successful entertainment properties in history; estimated retail price $59.99.
  • 17. http://www.xbox.com/games/splash/v/vivapinatapartyanim als/ Xbox 360 “Viva Piñata: Party Animals” Enjoy a huge variety of exciting mini-games the whole family can play over the holiday. “Viva Piñata: Party Animals” includes more than 40 mini-games and a dozen foot races in which players compete against one another. Collect candy and special bonuses in all sorts of exotic and hazard-filled locations. Appealing to young kids or the young-at-heart, this unique social party game rewards and challenges all players regardless of their skill level. Friends and family members of all ages can party together in one place or from around the world via Xbox LIVE. The game is especially designed for interaction among friends and family. Pushing the advanced capabilities of the Xbox 360, the game offers a vibrant and engaging gaming experience. It's the perfect game for parents looking for fun new ways to connect with their kids, or friends just looking to share a few laughs. Up to four players can gather together in the family room to play, or join a game on Xbox LIVE, and take the party global; estimated retail price $49.95.
  • 18. http://www.xbox.com/games/g/guitarhero3legendsofrock/ Xbox 360 “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” Tired of holiday tunes? Enjoy more than 70 of the most legendary rock anthems of all time. Try the added multiplayer modes, including the arcade-inspired Guitar Battle and the dual shredding co-op career. Challenge the legends of rock and roll in boss battles, then take those axe-shredding skills online and rock around the world. See how you match up against the best in the world on the Leaderboards. Expand upon your “Guitar Hero” experience with downloadable songs, themes and picture packs. The “Guitar Hero III” Gibson Les Paul/Kramer Guitar Controller: The controller is completely redesigned with a simple wireless channel setup that gives you the freedom to rock without constraints. Swappable faceplates provide maximum customization (available on the Les Paul Controller). The breakaway neck allows for easier transportation between performances. Stylized Start and Back buttons and a new extended strum bar design will have you blasting out the hits. And the auto sleep mode will save battery power for extended jam sessions; estimated retail price $89.99.
  • 19. http://www.xbox.com/games/s/sceneitlightscameraaction/ Xbox 360 “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” The Xbox 360 game includes more than 1,800 questions not seen before in any other “Scene It?” game. It features five new types of puzzle challenges that are sure to keep you guessing all night long. Game types include Credit Roll, where you guess the film based on the list of characters and actors; Child’s Play, where you guess the name of the film based on a child’s drawing of a film scene; and Quotables, where you are challenged to finish a famous line from a featured film. In addition, all 21 puzzle types have been designed to provide the ultimate multiplayer experience on Xbox 360. “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” includes four new wireless Big Button Pads, so each player has his or her own buzzer. Making games such as “Scene It?” more approachable for all types of players, the Big Button Pad takes its inspiration from the game show buzzers of yesteryear but uses the latest infrared technology to minimize the chances of an argument over who answered first. The game offers a wide assortment of movie clips in HD format, as well as hundreds of stills and audio clips from your favorite films. The Xbox 360 version keeps track of questions that have already been asked and minimizes repeats so you rarely get the same question twice; estimated retail price $59.99.
  • 20. http://www.xbox.com/games/d/ddruniverse/ Xbox 360 “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE” Avoid those extra holiday pounds and have fun with “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE,” exclusively designed for Xbox 360. “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE” takes dancing to a whole new dance floor, offering features and options not possible until now. “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE” is designed to be a "universal" game that everyone can play and enjoy, including anyone with two left feet; estimated retail price $29.99. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/smartphone/def ault.mspx Windows Mobile-Based Phones This holiday season help those you love “take their life back” by giving them a Windows Mobile-based phone to help them do more from wherever they are at any time of the day. For under $200 (estimated retail price) a person can choose from over 30 different Windows Mobile- based phones in many colors (red, green or black) and styles (flip-phone or keyboard). The latest devices include the T-Mobile Shadow, the Sprint Touch, the Motorola Q9M, the Pantech Duo and many more! See carriers for latest pricing.

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