Black Friday Software Deals (2015)
Yes, another year, another Black Friday hysteria. The only day of the year when people trample each other to get a discounted TV or wedding dress. Last year’s Black Friday brought in sales worth $50 billion in the US alone, so this shows its magnitude. To follow that spirit I decided to gather around the most popular Black Friday software deals, basically apps that are deeply discounted for this occasion.
Since these software deals come and go quite fast, if you’ve spotted some Black Friday not-to-be-missed deals please suggest it in the comments – even better if you are a software developer and want to offer a deep discount or even a giveaway. Below are some selected online shops that offer deals. Oh and BTW I don’t use any affiliate links on this page, unlike every other site that mentions Black Friday deals – you can check the links by hovering to see they don’t have any affiliate id or something.
Newegg Software Deals
Newegg, the US retailer, offers the most deeply discounted software packages for Black Friday. I mean deals that start at $5 are not bad, here’s a selection of the most important software deals they offer:
- ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2016 for 3 PCs – $20 after rebate
- Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 3 Device 1 Year – $10 (save 75%)
- AVG AntiVirus 2016 1 User 1 Year – $5 (save 83%)
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus 1 User 1 Year – $5 (save 88%)
- iolo System Mechanic – $5 (save 86%)
- Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016 – $5 (save 88%)
These are only the ones that I thought to be more popular, though they have dozens more you can check out here: Newegg Deals.
Microsoft Software Deals
Microsoft has never been a fan of offering deep discounts and that can be seen now in one of the poorest Black Friday offers I’ve seen. With discounts around $10, there’s not much to pick from. Here are the main ones:
- Office Home & Student 2016 For 1 PC – $100 (save 37%)
- Office 365 Home – $90 (save 10%)
- Office 365 Personal – $60 (save 8%)
The same deals are available for mac versions of the above-mentioned apps, but I don’t find these deals too appealing. You can check a list with all of them here: Microsoft BF Deals. On the other hand, they do have a section dedicated to games and in there you can find some great titles with discounts up to 50% – from big names such as Call of Duty to Lego-themed ones. Here‘s the list.
Targets repeats some of the Newegg promotions but I’ve seen they added deals for language-learning packages. Here are the top picks:
- Rosetta Stone (Spanish, Italian, and others) – $200 (save 60%)
- Norton Security Deluxe for 5 Devices – $40 (save 50%)
- Disney Infinity 3.0 – $35 (save 50%)
- Rock Band 4 Exclusive – $200 (save 20%)
The Rosetta suite is great if you are planning to learn a language and most language packs have lots of lessons, truly worth $200 if you plan to go x-lingual. I don’t see who in their right mind would pay $40 for Norton, but then again, the best deals are in games. Here’s the full list: Target BF Deals.
Amazon Software Deals
Amazon amasses most of the online Black Friday sales year after year, that’s why they also have the most extensive list of software deals for BF. The new deals (not really offered elsewhere) are for Adobe packages, my picks:
- Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14 – $90 (save 40%)
- TurboTax Premier 2015 – $70 (save 22%)
- Adobe Creative Cloud – $40 (save 47%)
Full list of what they offer is here: Amazon Deals. The idea with Amazon is that they start the BF deals one week ahead of time and offer daily deals, so more discounted software will follow in the extended Black Friday-Cyber Monday week-end.
Unlike any of the previous offers, VMware only offers discounts for their own software. Which makes sense since they’re devs and not retailers. If you worked with VMware before and want a license now would be a good time as this is what they offer:
- VMware Fusion 8 Pro – $120 (save 40%)
- VMware Fusion 8 – $58 (save 30%)
- VMware Workstation 12 Pro – $150 (save 40%)
- VMware Workstation 12 Player – $95 (save 30%)
Just like VMware there are other software developers that offer discounts for Black Friday 2015. Parrallels is one of them and they have an interesting deal:
- Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac – $80 (save $440 on other software)
- You get for free: 1Password, Evernote Premium, Camtasia, Pocket Premium, PDFpenPro 7, Snagit, Parallels Access
So yes, if you buy their mac program you get 7 other programs for free, some of which are premium packages (Camtasia, Evernote). The bundle is available here: Parallels Bundle.
Last on my current list is Corel that offers WinZip for free with any of their other suites, here’s the list of discounts:
- PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate – $50 (save 50% and get WinZip free)
- VideoStudio X8.5 Ultimate – $50 (save 50% and get WinZip free)
- AfterShot Pro 2 – $40 (save 50% and get WinZip free)
- WinDVD Pro 11 – $40 (save 50% and get WinZip free)
I’ve honestly only worked with PaintShop, so I don’t know if the others are worth it. You can get these BF software deals here: Corel discounts.
I’m sure there are many others that are just dying to get our money so if you’ve discovered a software deal for Black Friday or Cyber Monday share it.