Win a home office makeover—plus a new Windows Phone and PC!

Win a home office makeover—plus a new Windows Phone and PC!

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Promised yourself you’ll work smarter this year? Windows Phone is here to help.

We’ve teamed up with celebrity designer and media personality Courtney Cachet and are kicking off a new giveaway today aimed at recharging your work style in 2012. The lucky winner gets:

  • A home office makeover consultation with celebrity designer and media personality Courtney Cachet
  • A home office prize package from Microsoft—including a new Windows Phone, a Windows PC, and Microsoft Office
  • Home office décor and accessories from popular online retailer hayneedle.com

To enter, just send a tweet to both @WindowsPhone and @CACHETLIFESTYLE that includes a picture or description of your home office and why it needs a makeover. Your tweet must include the hashtag #WindowsPhoneWorks.

The giveaway starts today at 9 a.m PST and runs through February 3. The lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 8 via Twitter. You must be a U.S. resident to win.

Here’s Courtney sharing a few Windows Phone tips and tricks for working smarter in the new year.

And here’s a few words from our lawyers, sharing the sweepstakes fine print:

Windows Phone Recharge Your Work Style Giveaway

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Windows Phone Recharge Your Work Style Giveaway 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 12pm Eastern Time (ET) on January 23, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 3, 2012 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

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.

· 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 must have a free Twitter account to enter. To register for a free account visit Twitter.com.

You will receive one entry into the Sweepstakes drawing when you log into your Twitter account during the Entry Period and tweet a message to @cachetlifestyle and @windowsphone that illustrates or describes why you deserve to recharge your work style in the new year (“Entry”).

Your Entry may be in the form of a TwitPic showing your current home office space and/or in form of a Tweet describing why your home office space needs a makeover.

Your Entry must include #WindowsPhoneWorks to be entered into the giveaway.

Limit one entry per person.

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. Entries must comply with the TwitterTerms of Use to be eligible:

We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.

We will automatically disqualify:

· Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

· Any entries exceeding the entry limit

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select on potential Grand Prize winner and five

potential First Prize winners from among all eligible entries received to win two Contest winner to receive the

following prizes:

(1) A Grand Prize package consisting of:

· A Windows Phone with 30 days of temporary service

· a Windows PC

· a copy of Microsoft Office 2010

· A video chat/phone home office design consultation with celebrity designer & TV personality Courtney Cachet

An onling shopping spree of up to $2,100 in home office products from hayneedle.com based on the design consultation with Courtney.

Total ARV of all prizes: up to $3,000

By accepting the Grand Prize package you must agree to submit a high resolution before and after picture of your home office space. You will also be required to order selected merchandise from hayneedle.com and set up your home office prior to taking the final picture. 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 by sending a private message to the Twitter handle you used to enter within five (5) 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.

Design consultation with Courtney will also include a hayneedle.com representative who will help the winner select and order the final selection of products from hayneedle.com.

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 Twitter handle 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?

The winner will be announced publically via Twitter on February 8th by Courtney Cachet (@CACHETLIFESTYLE) and @windowsphone.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052

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  • This is me, sending a tweet in the next 5 minutes. God knows I could do with a new office and a brand new MS package. Hell, I´ll even take Courtney´s advice :)

  • uuu
    12 Posts

    Dose the U.S Virgin Islands count for this (the u.s means Untied States Virgin Islands)

  • uuu
    12 Posts

    Hey u guys should give away a windows phone but some thing like a raffle pick a number or some thing I could use a new windows phone I don't want to spend 500$ for a next one (think about it).

  • About Courtney Cachet!

    I looked Courtney up online just to see what would pop up, and I was was kind of surprised. It turns out that she has been selflessly supporting, and recommending Windows Phone for some time now. I'm pretty convinced that WP is her everyday phone, although I have to admit that I looked her up because I was sure I would find a picture or something involving her and a iPhone. Shame one me right? And, why not Android?? Well, she obviously has to much class for that.. Anyways I found this article from 10/28/11..  www.huffingtonpost.com/.../how-i-made-an-ugly-office_b_1063656.html  ..where she say's ""I also gave Jason a brand spanking new Windows Phone which is sure to give even the most die hard iPhone devotees a run for their money. The apps are fabulous, the graphics are very cool and the look is very current. Love it, another big Cachet pick!""  Good job C. You can come in now.LOL.  So, what phone do you have?

  • @ cherakterlos

    Yes, I understand your point, and I do sympathize with you completely. My point is that MS is aware of where their services are wanted but not yet offered, its just not entirely up to MS to provide these services to who, wherever, and whenever they choose. These things take time, because your governments my have specified reasons for not just letting MS provide any service they want. Think about it, everything has a system of checks and balanced, and governments always have to stick there noses in everybodys bussines. I bet if you research further into what your gov. has to do with this issue you will find that it's not just MS being lazy and inconsiderate. Blaming MS is the first reaction we have when we have issues, and Im guilty of it to, but like I said they don't have ultimate control over WP, especially outside the US....Think about it... Did you know Zuckerberg is having trouble with some countries having access to Facebook as we speak? I hate the fact that the public, who is the majority, has little say so on what they are allowed to enjoy. These are online services, and as time goes on there will be even more debate and political interference in what content is allowed on the web. It's beginning to be a problem here in the US, so I can imagine how frustrating it is elsewhere.

    I'm hoping that you guys get your services soon! I'm sure MS is aware, but please make sure your Gov. Isn't the one holding you back. Good luck dude... ;-)

  • @Rodney

    I'm really not interested in prizes. I earn my stuff. But if you look at windowsphone.uservoice.com you will see that the top entries deal all with the issue I claimed. US centralized policy.

    I don't own an Android or iPhone, but as far as I know there are no such issues like location locked services for marketplaces.

    What I really want to tell is that exactly such advertisements like this blog posts tell me that MS is simply not aware of their situation. I say that on the vote of thousand WP7 users on the link above AND blog posts like this.

  • I hope more competitions and prizes will be offered for you guys areas... All WP users should be appreciated and rewarded for choosing WP. In the end the US market will most likely be the lesser market compared to the rest of the world as a whole, but market share can only be counted for individual markets or WP sales worldwide. Nevertheless, you guys still should be rewarded by having your own promotions. Ok, the best thing for you guys to do is find the nearest MS corporate office that manages your region online and send them feedback as well. Also, you guys can use on-line petition sites to build up a need for promotions in your area.

    As far as missing features, and promotions to.... We all know that politics plays a big part in these things, some of which MS has no control over in your region. These things take time, especially when thinking about how many separate regions WP has been deployed in.... I wonder, does Android and Apple have every feature, and promotion available in every region? Nevertheless, you guys should be at least getting core functions, and features of the phones in your area, but once again it all depends on how much your gov. is willing to cooperate.

    At least I think that's what's going on. I'm sure getting these things to you guys is as easy as flipping a switch, so you should keep fighting for them and trying to contact the proper parties. I have a question, is this issue with MS as a whole or only with WP??? Good luck!

  • mtcerio
    9 Posts

    Yet another U.S.-only competition... advertised in the "international" WP7 blog. UK WP7 users thank!

  • HTC
    14 Posts

    And YET ANOTHER US ONLY competition.

    Either Microsoft doesn't listen to feedback whatsoever, or simply doesn't care.

    Your users are out here in the real world. You think you'd focus on gaining as much market share as possible in the fast growing markets (Asia) rather than the most saturated one.

    This is exactly why you are failing.

    And if you continue to do this, you will continue to fail.

    Heads should roll for this.

  • Sorry guys, but if you will only be centralized on the US market your phoneOS won't succeed.

    Instead of organizing fancy games for US only, get your ass up and bring extended bing services to any country (local scout for example!).

    And the creepiest thing is Zune and the liveID. There are so many complains that you can not change your location without changing the liveID (and hard reset your phone!).

    You make me believe that most Americans do not stay for long times abroad...

    ...so users invest in VPN to make Zune believe that the location of the PC is in the desired country of origin where you first created your liveID far before WP7 reached the market (and that VPN thing could be claimed as illegal???).

    Just compare possible 500million possible US customers to the rest of the world.

    Then you'll see why it's so annoying that you stuck with 1% or 2% market-share and you complain why customers are not interested in your phoneOS. Because US only features and "Win a home office makeover" games are not applicable for the 98% of possible market target. So don't wonder why ppl outside US don't buy your phoneOS (excluded early adopters and XDA dev guys).

  • !! Win a Windows Phone T-shirt !! Would be nice to....