Few technology companies have helped more people than Microsoft. Almost all of us are more productive thanks to Microsoft 365. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and more bring everything together in both our personal and professional lives. It levels the playing field when we all have the best tools, and Microsoft is the gold standard for work and for play. Even sports associations, like the NBA, use Microsoft Surface tablets for court-side preparations, strategizing, and analysis. Think about how Microsoft has benefitted your life, then enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the NBA All-Star 2024 Weekend in Indianapolis, courtesy of Microsoft.

Microsoft is the tech we all grew up with

The first Microsoft tech I used was the Windows operating system in an IBM computer. I’m old enough to remember the transition from using a mainframe Unix system to a portable computer. It felt liberating and empowering. Microsoft made it all happen with tech that changed the world.

And they continue to innovate and produce software everyone uses and top-of-the-line hardware like Surface and Xbox devices. Make the everyday easier with the new Windows 11: redesigned for better security and enhanced access to the features you use everyday. I love that they don’t charge premium prices for their premium software: for my whole family to enjoy Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest of Microsoft 365, including 1TB of cloud storage for each of us (up to 6 people), I pay just over $100 per year! It’s an incredible deal—less than $20 a person. And it includes all of the software updates so we are always using the best versions of their software.

Anyone watching a major sporting event will have seen Surface tablets on the sidelines: many sports teams including NBA teams use them. You can do anything on a Surface Pro 9: work, play, draw, watch movies, research, play games. It’s powerful and has go-anywhere versatility. And for premium power there are the new Surface Laptops, especially my favourite Surface Laptop Studio 2 with a powerful 13th Gen Intel processor and amazingly versatile foldable design.

Microsoft technology is at the forefront of the new AI digital revolution

The world is changing due to the introduction of advanced AI into our daily lives. And with Microsoft software and hardware you will have the most current AI tools to stay prepared for the new digital revolution. There is no better stage to bring to life all the incredible AI experiences from across Microsoft than with a new Surface device. Here are some details from Microsoft about their new Surface lineup:

  • Surface Pro 9: Surface Pro 9 gives you the tablet flexibility you want and the laptop performance and battery life you need to move through your day—all in one ultra-portable device. Now with powerful new processors and optional high-speed 5G connectivity.
  • Surface Laptop 5: Multitasking speed powered by 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processors built on the Intel® Evo™ platform, with Windows 11 and a vibrant touchscreen. Sleek and beautiful, in your choice of size. With battery life for real life to do your thing your way all day, Surface Laptop 5 gives you the perfect balance to do it all.
  • Surface Laptop Studio 2: Over twice the computing power than its predecessor makes this device the most powerful Surface yet. Seamlessly transition from a powerful touchscreen laptop to a perfectly angled display for entertainment, to a creative canvas for drawing. With Windows 11, Surface Laptop Studio 2 is the ultimate powerhouse all-in-one laptop.
  • Surface Laptop Go 3: At just under 2.5 lb and with up to 15 hours of battery, Surface Laptop Go 3 features an ultraportable design to help you breeze through work and play from anywhere. Get it all done with the performance you need, and stand apart from the crowd with a sleek design in stylish colors.

How to give the gift of Microsoft

Here are a few possible options if you have someone on your list who would benefit from a Microsoft gift. I will make three suggestions. Firstly, as a stocking stuffer, give the gift of a year’s subscription to Microsoft 365. As I said, I include all of my family on my family subscription … print off the image shown here, roll the page into a scroll, add a pretty bow, and drop it in the stocking! You know they’ll use it!

If you have someone in your family with an old computer or who simply needs a new one, then a Surface Pro 9  with slim pen 2, arc mouse, and signature keyboard could be the show-stopper gift that makes 2024 the most productive ever for them. Lastly, if you win this contest, you’ll be able to give one person on your list an experience they will never forget by taking them as your guest on a trip courtesy of Microsoft.

Travel to the NBA All-Star game with Microsoft

I would love the opportunity to travel to another city for a sports event. If I could, it would have to be either a championship or an all-star game. However, I believe an all-star game is a better choice. Microsoft will send the winner and a guest to the NBA All-Star weekend where you will get to experience the best of the best on the court and have a ton of fun watching a game in which winning isn’t the main objective. You’ll also see and possibly meet some of the greatest to ever play the game. Attending the all-star game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience … and the winner of this contest will get to share it with someone special. Who would you choose?

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in three ways. Read and follow these directions carefully to enter

  1. In a comment below this article, tell us who on your Christmas list (first name only) would love to receive Microsoft tech and which tech (give the model number from bestbuy.ca for a valid entry) would they most like and why. A valid entry will have all three pieces of information: a) first name of person on your list, b) name and model number of tech, and c) why they would like it.
  2. Social post: For two additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel sharing with your friends and followers that you are entering a Best Buy blog contest for a chance to win a trip to the NBA All-Star game. Be sure to mention that Microsoft is making this contest possible and Include the hashtag #MicrosoftNBABestBuyContest, so we can find your post, and include any picture from this contest page. Then return here and tell us in a comment below on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (X, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Thread, LinkedIn, etc.), but the post must be public so we can verify it is there.

What you can win

At the end of this contest, we will randomly select one winner from all eligible entries who will receive a trip for themself and a guest (trip for two) to Indianapolis to enjoy the 2024 NBA All-Star game.

This contest runs from December 8th 2023 to January 4th, 2024.

Remember you can enter in 3 different ways. Be sure to tell everyone you know about this contest and the chance to win a trip from Microsoft. Anyone you tell has to put you high on their list of people they take with them if they win (don’t they?).

Win a Trip to the 2024 NBA All-Star Prize Package Rules and Regulations

Good Luck

Martin Renaud
Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


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  2. My daughter Laura would love the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Touchscreen 15″ – Black (Intel Evo i7-1255U/512GB SSD/16GB RAM/Windows 11) Model Number: RIP-00026. She could use it to work on her resume and apply to new and exciting jobs.

  3. For Piper, who likes to draw, a Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 14.4″ – Platinum (Model Number: AI2-00002) to create digital art.

  4. my friend Emma would adore the Surface Laptop Studio 2 (Model: Z2D-00002) for its powerful design, seamlessly transitioning from work to entertainment

  5. For Braden, a Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 14.4″ (Intel Core i7-13700H/512GB SSD/16GB RAM/GeForce RTX 4050)– (Model Number: YZY-00001) as a mobile work station to help grow his
    interest of editing videos.

  6. I would love to have my son Luke receive Microsoft tech with a new laptop, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 14.4″ (Intel Core i7-13700H/1TB SSD/32GB RAM/GeForce RTX 4050) Model Number: Z1I-00002. Luke has had terrible luck with computers by either having them damaged or stolen. A computer that is both versatile and could take on serious challenging work would be ideal for him to stay ahead and perform exceptionally.

  7. My husband Ian S. would love the Microsoft Surface Pro. Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13″ 256GB Windows 11 Tablet with Intel Evo Core i5-1235U/8GB RAM – Platinum. Model # QEZ-00001 because of the storage size, portability and 13″ size

  8. my friend Chris would appreciate the Surface Laptop Go 3 (Model: XK1-00012) for its ultraportable design, enabling seamless work and play from anywhere.”

  9. My friend-Samantha would adore the Surface Laptop 9 (Model: QEZ-00001) for its multitasking speed, vibrant touchscreen, and sleek design, perfect for work and play.

  10. My bro Charlie would love an Xbox Series X 1TB Diablo IV Bundle (Model #RRT-00027) because he loves to game!

  11. My son Mika would love Xbox Series X 1TB Diablo IV Bundle (Model #RRT-00027) because he is a big-time gamer!

  12. For Athena, who likes to draw, a Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 14.4″ – Platinum (Model Number: AI2-00002) to create digital art.

  13. My daughter Annick would love to receive Microsoft tech in the form of the Xbox Series X 1TB Diablo IV Bundle Model# RRT-00027.

  14. My sister Rio would love the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Touchscreen 15″ – Black (Intel Evo i7-1255U/512GB SSD/16GB RAM/Windows 11) Model Number: RIP-00026. She could use it to work on her resume and apply to new and exciting jobs.

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