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July 13, 2010

Windows Recession Sweepstakes #1: Kickoff!

It’s been a long year. Just when the economy was starting to look perky job growth stalled in its non-Census tracks. Then summer, which we normally can’t wait to see, broke down the door and turned most of the country into a sweltering puddle of sweat—except Seattle, where it’s freezing and rainy. And since we Puget Sound-based Microsofties only see an average of 58 sunny days a year, our gloom is particularly profound right now.

So, we decided to give a bunch of stuff away to make you feel better. We’re calling it the “Recession Sweepstakes”.

Ten (10) times between today and July 31 I will publish a “Recession Sweepstakes” post. You will only find out when a new sweepstakes is live if you follow me, Brandon, Ben or the Windows Blog on Twitter (or if you keep checking the Windows Experience Blog). So sign up to follow us.

In the post, I’ll tell you how long comments will be open and the steps you need to take to enter. Once I close the comments, Brandon and I will enter everyone who left a valid entry into a hat (well, maybe not an actual hat but something hat-like) and draw the lucky winner. That person will get:

· Windows 7 Ultimate;

· Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student; and

· a 16GB Zune HD

This prize has an approximate retail value of $670.

And while this sweepstakes is open to everyone in the United States, we specifically designed the prize packs with students in mind. With unemployment among young people in high double digits and student debt at dream-crushing levels we thought our still-in-school mates could use some special help landing the latest tech. Here’s to you hardworking students—we think you rock and good luck!

Without further ado, the first sweepstakes is hereby officially kicked off!

Starting today (July 13) at 1:00pm PT you have 24 hours to leave a comment telling us which Windows 7 feature is your favorite. If you know someone who is having a tough year, pay it forward and pass the word.

Remember: leave us an email address or your Twitter handle in your comment so we have a way to reach you if you win.

Also be sure to review the sweepstakes’ Terms & Conditions.

Good luck!