If you think the products on Kickstarter were terrible, just wait until you see how Microsoft completely ruined (disrupted?) the crowdsourcing paradigm.
Introducing Chip In, a program from the computer giant that lets college students amass donations from people that go toward the purchase of a shiny, new PC. Microsoft said it will ~chip in~ 10 percent of the price on “select” (read: Acer) PCs.
Students with a “valid” college student email account (a.k.a. the .edu address where you send Urban Outfitters newsletters to) can pick a Windows computer they want and a campaign page is created. It’s to collecting donations for a charity walk, except in this case you’re the charity.
The first 10,000 uh, winners, receives a four-year subscription to something called Office 365 University.
Microsoft patted itself on its back celebrating this revolutionary idea:
“We know that heading to college is one of the top reasons students buy a new PC. It’s a powerful tool to support their education and stay in touch with their families and friends,” said Kristina Libby, head of Consumer Communications for Windows.
It’s also a great selling point to shame your nana into giving you $50 so you can illegally download Game of Thrones. Spin!