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Do you want a chance to win a copy Microsoft Office 2010, a Windows Phone, and an Xbox 360 with Kinect? See below for full details.
Each year, extreme winter weather brings life to a grinding halt for millions of people. Most likely your home is stocked with winter essentials, but do you have the right technology in place to keep your life and work moving? Gone are the days when "snow day" equals "free day."
So how do you keep your productivity from landing in the deep freeze? Watch Al Roker explain how you can work from anywhere using Microsoft Office whether you're stuck at home or at the airport in Cleveland.
If you find yourself in a situation like Al Roker's, check out our top ten tips for staying connected from anywhere using the power of Office--just click the slideshow below.
According to a 2010 study, extreme weather conditions resulted in a loss of approximately 50 million total man hours of productivity in five states. Click the extreme weather infographic to learn more facts.
Follow us on Twitter (@Office) and simply retweet any tweets containing the hashtag #snowductivity. between February 4th and - March 31st. We'll randomly choose new winners each week. Read the details below then click the Twitter button to enter:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft "Office Snow or Shine Sweepstakes" will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the "Sweepstakes" throughout the rest of these rules. In these rules, "we," "our," and "us" refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Sweepstakes. "You" refers to an eligible entrant.
The object of this Sweepstakes is to offer PC users advice on how to remain productive during an snow storm when they might be stuck somewhere away from their office. For purposes of this Sweepstakes, which will be administered via Twitter, each tweet you submit with the designated hashtag #snoductivity will be called an entry.
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Sweepstakes starts at 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Saturday, February 4, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 30, 2012 ("Promotion Period") and consists of eight (8) entry periods ("Entry Period") as outlined below.
Begins on (at 12:00 a.m. EST)
Ends on (at11:59 p.m. EST)
February 4, 2012
February 10, 2012
February 11, 2012
February 17, 2012
February 18, 2012
February 24, 2012
February 25, 2012
March 2, 2012
March 3, 2012
March 9, 2012
March 10, 2012
March 16, 2012
March 17, 2012
March 23, 2012
March 24, 2012
March 30, 2012
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?
To enter, you must do all of the following:
By posting this tweet, you will receive one (1) entry into the weekly sweepstakes drawing. Limit one (1) tweet per twitter account per weekly drawing.
We will automatically disqualify:
WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES
Beginning February 10, 2012 and every Friday thereafter through March 30, 2012, we will randomly select weekly winners per the schedule and prize descriptions below.
Date of drawing
One (1) second prize + One (1) first prize
One (1) second prize + One (1) first prize + One (1) grand prize
Two (2) Grand Prizes
Each winner will receive a prize package consisting of one copy of Office Professional 2010 (ARV $349.95 USD), one Samsung Focus Windows Phone (ARV $199.99 USD), and one Xbox 360 + Kinect (ARV $399.99 USD).
Eight (8) First Prizes
Each winner will receive a prize packaging consisting of one copy of Office Professional 2010 (ARV $349.95 USD) and a Samsung Focus Windows Phone (ARV $199.99 USD)
Eight (8) Second Prizes
Each winner will receive a copy of Office Professional 2010 (ARV $349.95 USD)
If you are one of the winners, we will notify you via Twitter direct message. 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 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 the Sweepstakes:
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, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Spring Creek GroupAttn: Microsoft Office Team 311 Occidental Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104
Requests received more than one month following winner confirmation will not be fulfilled.
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052
WHO IS ADMINISTRATING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
Spring Creek Group 311 Occidental Ave S.Seattle, WA 98104
Thanks for such wonderful opportunity.
I have some mixed feelings here.. On the positive side I really came to respect how you guys seem open towards "other" solutions. For example look right up there; you're better of packing up either an iOS device or a Windows Phone (which is obviously the better choice ;-)). Stuff like that. Oh, and a as a sidenote: PowerPoint broadcast totally rules :-)
However, on the little bit negative side.. C'mon you guys; you're BIGGER than this. Its nice to have a competition but obviously you ignore the fact that you also have international fans out there (I'm from Holland myself). And for the record; I'm not saying this because I would have liked to enter the competion because I'm not. I don't use Twitter, I'll never used Twitter and in the end I simply don't trust social stuff such as Twitter. The only social network I do trust is Windows Live, and that's it.
So; I'm not saying this because of a missed chance to win some goodies; I'm saying this because well... It makes you guys kinda look weird. IMO of course and obviously no offense intended here (don't take my reaction in the wrong way please).
Apart from that... Office 2010 is amazing IMO. Last week I discovered that because Office 2010 has the same hardware demands as Office 2007 I can even run it on my (XP powered) laptop which I originally purchased in 2003! Talk about flexibility :-)
Great info and tips here. Go al!
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