Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 don't officially take place until 23 and 26 November respectively, this year retailers are getting in on the action early. And there are some awesome Microsoft Black Friday deals you can already take advantage of – scroll down to see them.
We'll updating this post with all the best offers as soon as they're announced. And that includes any great Black Friday Microsoft Surface deals – this year's hot range. Usually, older models are the ones that get the biggest discounts on Black Friday, but we're already seeing some awesome discounts on Microsoft's most recent additions – the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, with a number of retailers knocking the RRP down by £200.
So should you buy now, or should you wait for the big day? This year, a number of major retailers have already launched their Black Friday deals. The message is clear: don’t wait until Friday 23 November to snap up a bargain.
This is our advice: If you find the right product at the right price before Black Friday, buy it as soon as it's live. However, if you're umming and ahhhing on something that's not quite what you wanted, bear in mind that the absolute best deals do tend to surface on Black Friday itself. So be sensible.
Bookmark this page and check back to make sure you know what to expect and you can jump on any hot deals before they sell out.
US: Microsoft Black Friday deals
We haven't found any great deals yet – scroll down for upcoming deals. We'll be updating this section with the hottest US Microsoft Black Friday deals as soon as they're announced, so check back!
UK: Microsoft Black Friday deals
Surface Book (refurbished):
£1149 £849 at Microsoft
Save £300: Right now you can pick up a good-as-new certified refurbished Surface Book from the Microsoft store with a whopping £300 off.
Surface Laptop 2 13.5" (128GB):
£979 £799 at AO
Save £180: This 128GB Surface Laptop 2 is ideal if you don't need masses of storage. AO has dropped the price by 18%, which is not bad at all. The deal is scheduled to run until 4 December, but be aware stocks might not last until then.
Surface Laptop 2 13.5" (256GB):
£1529 £1329 at AO
Save £200: Right now you can grab a Surface Laptop 2 with 256GB of storage with £200 off. Opt for the platinum version, or go for a more colourful burgundy or cobalt blue version for the same discount.
Surface Laptop 2 13.5" (513GB):
£2079 £1879 at AO
Save £200: For plenty of storage and super-fast loading, this Microsoft Black Friday deal sees the pricey 513BG Surface Laptop 2 get a little cheaper. Again, you can choose between for platinum, burgundy or cobalt blue.
Surface Pro 6 12.3" (256GB):
£1429 £1229 at AO
Save £200: This model of this 2-in-1 laptop has the least storage in the range (256GB) but the biggest percentage saving (14%).This Black Friday deal takes it down to £1229. The deal is scheduled to run until 4 December, but stocks might not last until then.
Surface Pro 6 13.5" (512GB):
£1799 £1599 at AO
Save £200: Sitting in the middle of the range when it comes to storage with a 512GB SSD, this supercharged 2-in-1 laptop has been knocked down by £200 for Microsoft Black Friday.
Surface Pro 6 12.3" (1TB):
£2149 £1999 at AO
With a hefty 1TB storage, this silver Surface Pro 6 will be able to deal with even the most demanding tasks. AO's £200 discount still puts this supercharged machine at almost £2k though.
Surface Book 2 13.5" (silver):
£1999 £1799 at AO
£200 off: Pick up a 13.5" Surface Book 2 with 10% off in this early Microsoft Black Friday deal. £200 off makes this pricey model a little easier on the wallet.
Black Friday Microsoft Surface deals: What you need to know
The range everyone's interested in right now is the Microsoft Surface. This year's Microsoft Surface deals are already looking better than what we saw last year (see above), and Amazon slashed prices on Microsoft Surfaces as part of its bank holiday (UK) and Prime Day sales. So chances are there will be some top bargains to be had.
Microsoft's big news is the launch of two impressive new Surface laptop models: the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, which (surprisingly) have been discounted in a number of retailers' early Black Friday promotions. Both have gained rave reviews. Our sister site TechRadar called the Surface Pro 6 "the best Windows tablet money can buy", with longer battery life and improved performance over the Surface Pro 2017 (read the full review here).
The Surface Laptop 2 has also impressed those who've been able to get their hands on one. TechRadar awarded it a nearly-perfect four and a half stars, saying "it ultimately achieves the most pure Windows 10 experience on a laptop" (read the review).
As well as appearing in early Microsoft Black Friday deals, a number of Microsoft Surface deals have appeared in leaked Black Friday ads that are yet to go live. We've listed these below, so US readers can set a reminder to do some shopping on the live date.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 bundle (Intel Core i5): Save 20%
Will be $799.99 (usually $999.99) on 16-26 Nov: As part of its extended Black Friday sale, Costco will be knocking down the price of a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5) by 20%.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 bundle (Intel Core i7): Save 12.5%
Will be $1399.99 (usually $1599.99) on 16-26 Nov: If you're after something more powerful, Costco will also be reducing the price of the Intel Core i7 version of the Surface Pro 6. Although the percentage discount is lower, the much higher price point means you'll still be making a mega saving.
The arrival of these supercharged devices is likely to mean the older and alternative models, such as the Surface Studio, may be going into the Black Friday sale as retailers seek to shift stock. These are definitely worth considering – we were particularly impressed by the original Surface Book.
Not sure which Surface is for you? Why not browse our reviews for an idea of what each one offers:
- Surface Book review (5*)
- Surface Book 2 review (4.5*)
- Microsoft Surface review (3.5*)
- Surface Pro review (4*)
Microsoft Office Black Friday: What to expect
Microsoft Office has never been cheap, but 2017 saw a number of Microsoft Black Friday deals taking the sting out of shelling out for Word, Excel and the like. Shoppers could get up to £30 off O365 Home – a Microsoft Office bundle that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, which is all the essentials covered.
Microsoft Black Friday Xbox deals
Shoppers are also hungry for a Black Friday Xbox bargain. The good news is, we're going to see some huge savings on the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X this year. We've seen prices creeping up a little on big gaming consoles (if we were being cynical, we'd say this is to make this year's Black Friday deals seem even better), so it's definitely worth taking advantage of these deals.
We predict the best bargains of the weekend will be appearing on Black Friday itself, and while there will be some deals to be had on Cyber Monday, it's probably not a good idea to hold out if you see something you like before then.
Leaked ads have already revealed some top Microsoft Black Friday Xbox deals that have yet to go live – we've listed below so you know what to look out for.
Xbox One X 1TB PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds console bundle – Will be $399.99 (RRP $529.99)
From Thurs 22 - 1pm Fri 23 Nov: Kohl's will be offering this Xbox One X bundled with last-man-standing shooter game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with $130 off. Plus, the retailer's cashback offer ($15 for every $50 spent) will snag you $120 to spend at Kohl's at a later date.
Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft bundle – Will be $199.99 (usually $299.99)
Save $100: Target is knocking $100 off this Xbox One S and Minecraft bundle, taking the price down by around a third.
Xbox One wireless controller – Will be $39.99 (usually $59.99)
Save $20: If you're already set with an Xbox One, you'll be able to pick up a wireless controller at a bargain price at Target. And if they're out of stock, head to Kohl's to get the same discount.
How to get the best Microsoft Black Friday deals
To start with, bookmark this page. We'll be updating this article with all the best Microsoft Black Friday 2018 deals as soon as we hear about them, so make sure you check back. As well as the Microsoft Store itself, other major retailers are in on the action with some strong offers of their own.
And while there'll undoubtedly be plenty of action on Black Friday itself, that's not the only day you'll be able to snag a deal. We've seen eager retailers rolling out their deals earlier and earlier each year. In 2017, there were competitive deals appearing from early November.
Take a look at our posts for the best Amazon Black Friday and Walmart Black Friday deals, and keep an eye on other tech retailers such as Target and Currys. To make the most of the offers, it's worth checking for add-ons or gift cards that will make your deal even better.
The very best Microsoft Black Friday 2018 deals won't stick around forever (many will sell out on the day). If you're reading this post that means you're already ahead of the game – make the most of the run-up period to figure out which Microsoft products are right for you, so you know what to look out for and don't end up panic-buying the wrong thing.