Windows Phone Twitter contest starts today!

And the hits keep coming! Today we are kicking off a Twitter contest so go follow www.twitter.com/windowsphone for details, and for your chance to win exciting prizes.

Official terms and conditions below for aspiring legal types out there.

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MICROSOFT WINDOWS PHONE SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Windows Phone 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 October 27, 2011, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on November 6, 2011 (“Entry Period”). The Entry Period consists of 8 Weekday (Monday – Friday) Prize Periods, which each begin at 12:01 a.m PT and end at 11:59 p.m. PT.

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

· You are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, and are 18 years of age or older.

o 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 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 from 10/27 – 11/6

During each Weekday Period, a new “word of the day” will be posted from @windowsphone. To receive an entry into each weekday prize drawing, do the following:

Step 1: Sign into your Twitter account and if you are not already, become a follower of @windowsphone at http://twitter.com/windowsphone

Step 2: Tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes the unique “word of a day” and include the hashtag #wpword

Your tweet must include the hashtag #wpword and must @reply to @windowsphone, and comply with the Twitter.com terms of use to be eligible. Limit 1 entry per person and Twitter handle per Weekday Prize Period. Non-winning entries will not be carried forward into any subsequent Prize Periods.

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

On or around the close of each Weekday Prize Period, we will randomly select winners from among all eligible entries received to win the prize described below.

Daily Prize Period

Daily Prize

Number of daily Prizewinners

Approximate Retail Value

October 27, 28

A Windows Phone branded T-shirt and 1 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription card, and a Windows Phone sticker

1

$30

October 31, November 1, 2, 3, 4

A Windows Phone branded T-shirt, Windows Phone sticker, 1 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription card & a 3 month Zune Pass subscription .

1

$60

Limit one Daily Prize per person per week during the Entry Period.

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you 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. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded

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 to randomly 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?

If you send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address by November 15, 2011, we will provide you with a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.

Attn. Windows Phone Twitter Contest
500 Washington Street
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052