Microsoft announced yesterday via the Windows Blog that it would be offering eligible high school and college students a free 4GB Xbox 360 with the purchase of a $699+ Windows 7 PC from participating retailers.

The offer starts on May 22, and Microsoft claims that "you can buy any kind of PC, although we recommend a few specifically for students." The company also offers a "PC Scout" app on as a means of helping customers find an appropriate machine for them.

Customers with .edu email addresses can purchase online, while other eligible students simply need to walk into a participating retailer with their student ID and pick the machine they want -- so long as it's over $699, they'll be able to claim their free Xbox 360.

The offer is also coming to Canada from May 27, with the requirement being that the purchased machine is from a set range of HP PCs and it costs over CA$599.

Check back with Microsoft on May 22 for the full details -- including, hopefully, a list of participating retailers, which seems conspicuously absent from the announcement post.

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