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MICROSOFT OFFICE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft "Office Social Media Challenge" Sweepstakes promotion will operate ("Sweepstakes"). In these rules, "we," "our," and "us" refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Sweepstakes. "You" refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.
These rules will apply to all Sweepstakes conducted under the heading "Office Social Media Challenge" which will take place during the month of June 2010. Each Sweepstakes will have their own specific entry deadlines, prizes and entry requirements, which will be described on http://twitter.com/Office, http://www.facebook.com/Office and http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1913738.
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
To see the entry period, deadlines and winner selection dates for each specific Sweepstakes please see individual announcements on selected social media sites.
CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time entry:
This Sweepstakes is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
HOW DO I ENTER?
During the month of June, Sponsor will conduct multiple "challenges" by inviting visitors to respond to a prompt via a social media site. The prompt, the social media site and winner determination may be unique to each game, and will be described on http://twitter.com/Office, http://www.facebook.com/Office and http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1913738. For example, the invitation could state "Share an Office 2010 tip. Be the first person to respond via a "tweet" to @Office with the #Office2010tip tag to win a copy of Office 2010."
We will only accept one (1) entry per eligible person per Sweepstakes. Non-winning entries will not be included in subsequent Sweepstakes; you must enter each Sweepstakes separately. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.
We will automatically disqualify:
WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES
The method of winner determination will be unique for each Sweepstakes, and will be described as part of each announcement on the selected social media site.
All prizes awarded will be the following:
A copy of Office 2010 Professional (English - US). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) US $ 499.00
By the close of the Sweepstakes, a total of 2010 prizes will have been awarded. Limit one (1) prize per person overall.
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a direct message to you via the social media site where you entered within seven (7) days following winner selection. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate winner.
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the social media account used to enter the Sweepstakes. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up.
If you are confirmed as a winner of a Sweepstakes:
You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?
By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:
WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.
WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN'T RUN AS PLANNED?
If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and/or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?
For a list of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
[Include the title of the Sweepstakes for which you're requesting a winners list]
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Requests received more than one month following winner confirmation will not be fulfilled.
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
WHO IS ADMINISTRATING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
Spring Creek Group
311 Occidental Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Office 2007 is awesome! 2010 will be even better :-)
You guys hate Europeans it seems, we should be eligible too !
From France !
This is unfair. Again, you forgot that the world does not end at the U.S.!
I have used Office since '95 and need the latest. Office 2010 is the best!
Sorry folks, but only USA.
This is a severe discrimination for Europe.
We are customers, too.
Shame on you Microsoft ;)
Well that's great for you Microsoft. And I'm happy for you and your Office 2010 upcoming retail release. But do excuse me if I'm not nearly as excited as you are, considering that I'm not going to be a part of this event since I'm in Canada. However, I wanted to let you all know that people do use internet and Microsoft products south of the border and they're just as passionate and they care just as much about your products as people in the United states.
really looking forward to see a new product
WOW Great , but what about the European citizens ???.
Can we win the new Microsoft office 2010 too or not ???.
Please i want a free copy of it too :-(
Nice but why only for the USA. What about Canada? Aren't we also microsoft customers?
Will winners receive the full 499 version of Office Pro per the rules above or the cheaper 349 Product Key Card version?
According to the Office Outreach Team, the Office 2010 Professional prize I will eventually receive matches the description of the $349 PKC version. However the rules (above) clearly state the value of the prize is $499 - that of the "Full Packaged Product" in the Office 2010 Pricing Guide ( blogs.technet.com/.../what-the-office-team-will-be-talking-about-at-ces.aspx ) - and that "if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, [Microsoft] reserve[s] the right to substitute a prize of <b>equal or greater</b> value."
Please remedy this. Thanks!
Should I trust Microsoft Contest? I was promised to get an Office 2010 Standard and Business edition after the Office 2010 released. After many month, I receive nothing. Some one lucky receive 1 key. But I got nothing. I called the event registration phone number 1-877-673-8368 and they read me a quote and they claimed nothing out they can do. I end up being a loser by trust MS. Should you?
@Long: Did you win your copy at a Microsoft Dynamics event, or through the Win 2010 contest on Facebook? We'd like to help you resolve this.
I was not in any contest. I attended the MS dynamics event in LA. MS promised people attend the event get a copy Office 2010 standard and business edition