I’ve heard many of you say this recently – and we’re glad that you’re finding value from our Microsoft partner community roundtable talk show. It truly has been creating a great connection point for us to come together as a community via video and Twitter.
As part of MPN Live – we have also been creating opportunities for you to watch and win great prizes leading up to WPC 2012.
This upcoming episode on Thursday, April 26 at 10 AM PDT is ‘Seizing the SMB Cloud Opportunity through the Small Business Competency’. And, in my honest opinion, it’s going to be one of the most exciting editions to date.
Jon Roskill and our Microsoft partner guests will be looking at:
- The SMB business opportunity
- How the Small Business competency enables every partner to have a cloud conversation
Also, we are featuring another Watch & Win Sweepstakes – for yes, one more All-Access WPC pass. Uh-huh! So remember to tune in on the Digital WPC homepage or on Facebook and learn how to enter.
Finally, I want to take a quick moment to congratulate the recent Watch & Win sweepstakes winners!
WPC All-Access Pass
- Tyler Coppock of U.S.-based Microsoft partner company, En Pointe Technologies
Deepak Chopra Preferred Seating Winners
- Peter Bauer of U.K.-based Microsoft partner company, Mimecast
- Snæbjörn Ingi Ingólfsson of Iceland-based Microsoft partner company, Nýherji
- Oscar Novoa Gonzalez of Mexico-based Microsoft partner company, Unika
- Fernando Coto of U.S.-based Microsoft partner company, RyanTech
- Guy Gregory of U.K.-based Microsoft partner company, The Final Step
I hope you will join us next week and that you’ll also be saying, “I love MPN Live.”
MICROSOFT MPN LIVE WATCH AND WIN A WPC PASS SWEEPSTAKES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions. If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.
This Sweepstakes is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. 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. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Sweepstakes.
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft MPN Live Watch and Win a WPC Pass sweepstakes promotion 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 the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on April 26, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on April 30, 2012 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received during the Entry Period ot be eligible.
CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
- You are an authorized representative of a company actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and you are 18 years of age or older; and
- If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and
- You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
- PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.
- You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
- You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
- You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.
This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
HOW DO I ENTER?
You can enter by attending the MPN Live webcast on April 26, 2012 at 10 AM PT or watching the taped version no later than April 30, 2012. The broadcast will be available at http://www.facebook.com/mspartner and http://www.digitalwpc.com.
Upon watching a live or recorded MPN Live program from April 26, sign in to your twitter account and post about the topic stated by the host and reference #MPNLive and #WPC12 no later than April 30, 2012. Your tweet should match the following format:
[YOUR RESPONSE HERE] Rules: http://bit.ly/HYziSP #MPNLive #WPC12
Regardless of how many times you view the live or taped program, or how many times you tweet, you will only receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes overall.
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:
- Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
- Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select winners of the prizes designated below.
One (1) Grand Prize. An all access pass to WPC 2012. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,900.00.
The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1,900.
*Note: All other travel expenses associated with attending WPC are the sole responisiblity of the winner AND if you are selected as a winner but have already purchased your WPC pass, we will not be able to reimburse you.
We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you first through Twitter, in order to secure additional contact information from you, and then by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing. 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, randomly selected 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 e-mail address 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 an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If you are confirmed as a winner of this 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
- You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
- If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
- If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
- Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.
WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:
- To abide by these Official Rules; and
- To release and hold harmless Microsoft,and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
- That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
- That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
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 cheating, 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 randomly 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 YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at http://www.digitalwpc.com. This list will remain posted one month after April 30, 2012.
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052