Free 360 for students who buy Windows 7 PCs

In a recent development that simultaneously facilitates and undermines educational productivity, Microsoft has announced that beginning May 22, students who purchase a Windows 7 PC of $699 or greater value will also get a free Xbox 360 4GB console.

The "limited time" offer requires that participants are current students with a valid email address with a .edu extension.

According to the announcement:

If you have a .edu email address you can purchase your new PC through one of our participating online retailers. If you don't have a .edu address or prefer to walk into a store, touch the PCs and test their features, bring your Student ID into a participating retail location. Check with your chosen retailer for additional specifics they may have in place.

The Xbox 360 4GB console currently retails for $199.99. Not a bad freebie for students who need to buy a brand new computer anyway; at least for those who can afford a $699 rig.

The offer begins this Sunday for students in the U.S., but will also be "coming soon" to students in both France and Canada. End dates for the promotion also "vary by retailer," so if you're interested (and able) to take advantage, it's best to do so earlier than later.