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When will the software be sent to the winners? (UK Developer Launch)

When will the software be sent to the winners? (UK Developer Launch)

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I have asked for an update from the team that is getting the copies of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office to send to the winners and delegates at the Thames Valley Park event. The word is still "early March", which is what we expected.

Thought it worth restating this in case you missed it first time around.

"Why so long" you ask? As you might imagine there is a huge demand for copies not just for activities such as we have run here in the UK, but other activities around the world and of course in the retail market. The numbers of DVDs that have been produced is staggering and there's a huge and complex process rolling to satisfy demand and get them shipped, and licence keys issued. So we're a part of that process - the copies you'll receive are actually produced in Ireland.

Anyhow, enough with the excuses. But you can be sure that I'm pushing :-)

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  • So has the competition ended? Do you know who the lucky 1000 are?

  • No, not yet (to both questions). Official end is 19th Feb, however we should have the final list of winners by the end of this week.

    The plan is that we'll email the winners after that and send the software as soon as we have it.

  • Please let us know here: when you send an email to the lucky 1000.

    LOL or it would be even better if we the "after 1000 people" get a "You are not a winner - Too late - wrong answer - go away and buy it yourself" email :) Cheers.

  • Please let us know here: when you send an email to the lucky 1000.

    LOL or it would be even better if we the "after 1000 people" get a "You are not a winner - Too late - wrong answer - go away and buy it yourself" email :) Cheers.

  • I'll definitely do your first suggestion, not too sure about the other one!

  • thanks for keeping us informed, Ian

  • Ian;

    Why are you providing this as a packaged/disk product. I would have expected that this would be NFR (not for resale) and downloadable (with License & Key sent via post - if required for "Licensing").

    Surely Microsoft could save a phenominal amount of cash by not sending disks (and packaging) in the post!

    Then they could afford to run even more competitions!!

    "Super Sugestion Chris, You have been awarded a Bill Gates' Signed copy of Visual Studio 2005"...... Unfortunately the disk doesn't work as bill signed the bottom of it (he didn't want to deface his trademark logos!).

  • We could have done that, but it's a big download which would have introduced challenges in itself.

    But I like the thinking, maybe we'll do that next time. As you know, there's a launch of Visual Studio "Orcas" before too long, and Longhorn Server, so plenty more opportunities :-)

  • What versions of Vista and Ultimate do the winners get?

    Thanks in advance and sorry if the answer is obvious and has already been answered.

  • Hi Mark - it's Windows Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 Professional.

    The answer isn't obvious...we should have made it clearer on the site and on the emails to people who attended. It's on my long list of "stuf we can do better next time".

  • Excellent.  I actually submitted acidentally with my wrong live account then did it with my correct one, I hope this doesn't go against me :(

    I will just have to wait and see... not long now.

  • Ian - First of all thanks for keeping us all up to date on this!

    Just wondering, are these retail packages - will we get vista 32 & 64 bit ?

    Cheers.

  • Will - my understanding is 32 bit, I'll double check.

    They are the same as boxed versions you'd buy in a shop but will be packaged differently: They have the launch branding on the box/packet.

    I haven't actually seen them...they're as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth at the moment...but I'm sure my colleagues in the appropriate team will have done us proud in terms of the packaging. Having said that it's the content of the box that matters of course rather than the packaging.

  • Hi Ian,

    I was just wondering - is it winners that will only receive an email or are you planning on sending it to those who got the answer wrong or weren't one of the 1000 people.

    Thanks,

    Mark

  • @Iain comments 10:20am

    Yep but we sure love the packaging - It will be our : "haha I'm fast, resourceful and lucky" in our desk.

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