I love working at Microsoft. And that's not as sickly sweet as it sounds, it really is a fun place to work. There's always interesting stuff going on and lots of incredibly clever people around. Another cool thing is that I work for the richest man in the world and, occasionally, I get the chance to "interact" with him in some way.
So a few weeks ago I decided to send him an email - just from me, to him. Of course he must get thousands of emails a day from all sorts of people - his email is widely known outside of Microsoft - so I wasn't that hopeful of a quick response. What was I emailing him about? Well, I wanted him to sign some stuff that we could give away at the Windows Vista and Microsoft Office launch events.
I'm pleased to say I got a response almost straight away and, to cut a long story short, we now have some signed merchandise to give away: A Windows Vista t-shirt signed by Bill Gates, two Windows Vista magazines signed by Bill, and also (an incredible coup) a t-shirt signed by Bill as well as Jim Allchin and a number of members of the core Windows Vista product team ie the people responsible for the development of Windows Vista.
I wanted to make people aware of this and to let you know that we're planning to give these away at some point during the run of the online launch ie by Feb 19th (online launch runs from Jan 19th to Feb 19th). More details later but I wanted tell you all about this as I think it's pretty cool generally :-)
Oh and this is just for us developer folks in the UK of course.
Can I have one? I'll wear it and do whatever you want to create publicity (yes, selling myself for Bill Gates merchandise)... PLEASE?
Free office and signed t-shirts, the UK has all the fun!
Ian, contact Microsoft Ireland and give them some of your top tips for cool swag because what we get in Ireland pales in comparison :S
MrMckeb - keep your eyes peeled for details on how you could win one of these. As soon as I have the info I'll let you know.
MikeW - all I can say is that there are some great people at MS Ireland and I know if they can make stuff happen they will do so, if there has been a lack of goodies to date it definitely won't be through want of trying.
Ok. What about Developers from outside the UK, that have the UK in their heart? ;)
We'll ship to a UK address...if that helps. Maybe you have a friend / family who could act as recipient?
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I have some autographed books by Ray Oz..
You won't see those on eBay..
woohooo! even more excited about the online event now!!!
It's 17:37!!! How on earth do i answer the question??? i can't even find it!! the Homepage (default) isnt changing!! It just says that at 5:30p.m. i will be able to answer the question!!
William - it's here: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/launch2007/dev/competition.mspx
I didn't see any mention of these t-shirts today, I'm assuming they will make an appearance tomorrow? :-) Perhaps I have my priorities wrong but I'm more excited about Windows Vista t-shirts than winning a copy of Vista itself! :-D
hi! i am emma age 11 and if this is realy the famous bill gates then i was just wandering if you would like to buy some girl scout cookies! that is if you truley like cookies! because my girl scout troop would hope for someone to bye a lot of cookies from us because we were realy looking forward to going to a very fun place this year like washington dc. that will only happen if we sell a lot of cookies! so we would really jsut like some support from you! so if you get a chance please try to take some time and sit down and read this email so we could have a fun trip and we also use our money to do service projects!
No, this isn't Bill Gates. But I'll be sure to pass your message on :-)
Emma - tried to contact you but I don't have your details, please email me via this blog. Thanks.
A little while ago I posted a blog entry about some merchandise that Bill Gates signed that we were planning