Bing Kicks Off December Festivity, Turns Homepage into Holiday Calendar, 12 Days of Holiday Deals

Bing begins Christmas Celebrations with holiday calendar making every day of December an opportunity for joy and delight. Kicks off its annual 12 Days of Deals on Surface, Xbox, PCs.

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Kindness and goodwill can happen all the time—Bing officially begins the end of the year count down by launching the holiday homepage calendar starting on December 1, starts with celebrating the work of Mercy Corps.

Starting the festivity, this December Bing transforming its homepage into a delight-delivery device with each day will reveal a new seasonal treat. Users need to just "click the gift icon to turn on the holiday calendar, then come back to Bing each day to discover what daily holiday wonders await," bing said.

The holiday wonders available include as the ability to customize with festive decorations your Bing homepage, share beautiful holiday images and ecards, as well as winter-themed games, and music to make your days merry and bright and more .

Additionally, Bing will be highlighting six nonprofits that works with them on special days in the Bing holiday homepage calendar throughout the month and starts off with Mercy Corps on Dec. 1. The users will be asked to share their support for these nonprofits when you click on the special giving days from the calendar.

Bing Holiday Calendar 2016

Bing Holiday Calendar 2016

Bing Holiday Homepage Celebrates Mercy Corps Work

Bing Holiday Homepage Celebrates Mercy Corps Work

Also, in the U.S. Microsoft gave away free holiday albums through the Windows Store until 11:59 p.m. PT, Dec. 2, 2016 (or while supplies last) to all Groove Music Pass subscribers.

Albums include those from Justin Bieber; Ariana Grande; Mary J. Blige; the classic album from Vince Guaraldi Trio, "A Charlie Brown Christmas;" Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)" and more.

If you aren't a Groove Music Pass subscriber, you can sign up a free 30-day trial account HERE, and start listening today on your Windows 10 devices. Those who sign up before December 31, "will get an additional three months of free service from Microsoft."

Microsoft Stores getting into the holiday spirit with the begining of its official annual 12 Days of Deals starting Dec. 5 through Dec. 16 with savings run on Surface, Xbox, PCs and more while supplies last with in-store.

During these 12–days, Microsoftstore.com shoppers will also be getting free standard shipping on all orders with "guaranteed delivery" by Dec. 24, and Dec. 14 as "standard ground service", or Dec. 20 by 9:59 a.m. PT "expedited shipping."

In-store offers starts with the time the store opens until close, while Microsoftstore.com deals begin at 12 a.m. PT each day and last for 24 hours.

12 Days of Microsoft Stores Holiday Deals

Microsoft Stores 12 Days of Holiday Deals

Here's what Microsoft will be offering this year:

  • December 5: Save up to $1,000 on select Intel-powered PCs, starting at $199.
  • December 6: Only $199 for a Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop (save $100).
  • December 7: Save up to 50% on select Xbox One games, now $19.99.
  • December 8: Save $250 on Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3 and 128GB SSD (now $649), plus free sleeve.
  • December 9: Save up to 70% on select Windows 10 tablets, now starting at $49.
  • December 10: Save up to $250 on Windows Premium Collection devices, starting at $499.
  • December 11: Buy select Xbox controllers and get a $25 Microsoft Store gift code.
  • December 12: Save $50 and get 2 free games with select Xbox One consoles, plus save big on Xbox accessories and games.
  • December 13: Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift code with purchase of HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift.
  • December 14: Save up to $1,000 on select gaming PCs, starting at $799.
  • December 15: Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199.
  • December 16: Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4, plus get a free Type Cover (up to $359 value).

Additionally, following 'doorbuster' deals are exclusively available at brick-and-mortar Microsoft Store locations:

  • December 5: Only $19.99 for a JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (save $50).
  • December 6: Get our best price ever on Fitbit Blaze fitness watches.
  • December 7: Get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with 12-month Groove Music Pass.
  • December 8: Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with 12-month Xbox Live Gold Membership.
  • December 9: Only $79 for an Unlocked Microsoft Lumia 650 (save $120).
  • December 10: Lowest price of the year on Office 365 Home.
  • December 11: Just $179 for select Xbox One consoles (save $120), while supplies last.
  • December 12: Be one of the first customers in line and get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.
  • December 13: Lowest price of the year on Fitbit Charge HR, while supplies last.
  • December 14: Score Xbox games for as low as $19.99.
  • December 15: $150 value savings on an Acer Liquid Jade Primo Bundle, now $299.
  • December 16: Be one of the first customers in line and get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card.

All deals are available while supplies last. To learn more about our upcoming deals, head over to microsoftstore.com.

Update 12/06: Microsoft released two new videos show off their spirit of the holiday season, highlighting Surface Studio:

Update 12/13: Next time, when you search for a business on the desktop version of Bing you may see some new social media integration in the knowledge panel. According to report, "Facebook posts appearing in knowledge panels on the right side of Bing search results page for certain brands and businesses." These are presented in a card-style format which shows the two most recent posts from the business's Facebook page.

Here's how it looks like:

Bing Business Knowledge Panels Include Facebook Post

Bing Business Knowledge Panels Include Facebook Post. Source: TheSemPost.

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