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May 1, 2008

Show your Mom some love with the Portraits of Mom Photo Contest

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and what better way to show your Mom you care than to enter her in a photo contest!  While I’m still working to get my Mom to join the online community, we have a fun way you all can recognize your own Mom and help her learn how to share all those family photos on her PC with the family and friends! Portraits of Mom is a contest that lets you showcase Mom using Windows Live by either posting her picture to Windows Live Spaces or visiting one of our temporary retail locations to have her photo taken by a professional. Anyone who doesn’t work at Microsoft can enter their Mom’s photo into the contest for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Visit and use Windows Live Photo Gallery to upload your favorite photo of your Mom. Show off your photo on your Windows Live Space, and tell your Mom she’s featured along with all the great Moms on the site. Then get her friends and family to vote for her picture posted on If you don’t have Windows Live Photo Gallery, you can download it for free along with the rest of the Windows Live suite at

If your Mom or members of your family are in New York or San Francisco over the next two weeks, take them to visit the Windows Live Portrait Studios, a temporary “photo studio” where they’ll be treated to a professional portrait sitting. After a quick stylist make-over, she can include the family, a pet or friends in her personal portrait…and the best part is that it’s all for free!  For location details, click here.

If you’re in Seattle, bring your Mom to the Woodland Park Zoo on May 10 and 11 and get a free photo taken by our Quick Snaps team.  Just find the Quick Snaps team – who will be wearing lots of Windows gear- and they’ll snap a photo of Mom and her family or friends.  She’ll get a free copy of the photo on the spot, complete with instructions on how to sign up for a Windows Live ID and participate in the Portraits of Mom photo contest!

So come on, celebrate Mothers Day by showing your Mom some love!