My email to Bill Gates

I love working at Microsoft. And that's not as sickly sweet as it sounds, it really is a fun place to work. There's always interesting stuff going on and lots of incredibly clever people around. Another cool thing is that I work for the richest man in the world and, occasionally, I get the chance to "interact" with him in some way.

So a few weeks ago I decided to send him an email - just from me, to him. Of course he must get thousands of emails a day from all sorts of people - his email is widely known outside of Microsoft - so I wasn't that hopeful of a quick response. What was I emailing him about? Well, I wanted him to sign some stuff that we could give away at the Windows Vista and Microsoft Office launch events.

I'm pleased to say I got a response almost straight away and, to cut a long story short, we now have some signed merchandise to give away: A Windows Vista t-shirt signed by Bill Gates, two Windows Vista magazines signed by Bill, and also (an incredible coup) a t-shirt signed by Bill as well as Jim Allchin and a number of members of the core Windows Vista product team ie the people responsible for the development of Windows Vista.

I wanted to make people aware of this and to let you know that we're planning to give these away at some point during the run of the online launch ie by Feb 19th (online launch runs from Jan 19th to Feb 19th). More details later but I wanted tell you all about this as I think it's pretty cool generally 🙂

Oh and this is just for us developer folks in the UK of course.

Comments (17)
  1. mrmckeb says:

    Can I have one? I’ll wear it and do whatever you want to create publicity (yes, selling myself for Bill Gates merchandise)… PLEASE?

  2. MikeW says:

    Free office and signed t-shirts, the UK has all the fun!

    Ian, contact Microsoft Ireland and give them some of your top tips for cool swag because what we get in Ireland pales in comparison :S

  3. Ian Moulster says:

    MrMckeb – keep your eyes peeled for details on how you could win one of these. As soon as I have the info I’ll let you know.

    MikeW – all I can say is that there are some great people at MS Ireland and I know if they can make stuff happen they will do so, if there has been a lack of goodies to date it definitely won’t be through want of trying.

  4. Thomas says:

    Ok. What about Developers from outside the UK, that have the UK in their heart? 😉

  5. Ian Moulster says:

    We’ll ship to a UK address…if that helps. Maybe you have a friend / family who could act as recipient?

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  7. SBC says:

    I have some autographed books by Ray Oz..

    You won’t see those on eBay..


  8. Matt Sharpe says:

    woohooo! even more excited about the online event now!!!

  9. William says:

    It’s 17:37!!! How on earth do i answer the question??? i can’t even find it!! the Homepage (default) isnt changing!! It just says that at 5:30p.m. i will be able to answer the question!!

  10. Matt Sharpe says:

    I didn’t see any mention of these t-shirts today, I’m assuming they will make an appearance tomorrow? 🙂 Perhaps I have my priorities wrong but I’m more excited about Windows Vista t-shirts than winning a copy of Vista itself! 😀

  11. emma siddens says:

    hi! i am emma age 11 and if this is realy the famous bill gates then i was just wandering if you would like to buy some girl scout cookies! that is if you truley like cookies! because my girl scout troop would hope for someone to bye a lot of cookies from us because we were realy looking forward to going to a very fun place this year like washington dc. that will only happen if we sell a lot of cookies! so we would really jsut like some support from you! so if you get a chance please try to take some time and sit down and read this email so we could have a fun trip and we also use our money to do service projects!  

  12. Ian Moulster says:

    Hi Emma,

    No, this isn’t Bill Gates. But I’ll be sure to pass your message on 🙂

  13. Ian Moulster says:

    Emma – tried to contact you but I don’t have your details, please email me via this blog. Thanks.

  14. A little while ago I posted a blog entry about some merchandise that Bill Gates signed that we were planning

  15. Rajalakshmi says:

    Hello sir,

    I am From Chennai, India. I always admire about your work and products.

    Few days back, My cousin had received a below mail, saying that i won a sum 900,000 and she should pay Rs.40,000 INR for customs clearance to get above sum. On searching about these mails to check whether it is bogus or not, we found that it is not correct.

    My question is why you and your government allowing such mails to spoil your name, company, and UK Government.

    It is highly surprised for us to know some people are cheating by using your name and your government.

    In our Government if they come to know about such mails, they will trace them and punish them immediately and make people aware of that cheating.

    My suggestion, why dont you open this with a media like, world wide news papers and televisions to make people aware.

    Hope you and your government will do the same.

    Below is the mail, which i received for your reference.


                 MAIL COPY



    From: “Microsoft Promotion Award Team” <>Add sender to Contacts To: undisclosed-recipientsMicrosoft Award Team

    20 Craven Park,Harlesden

    London NW10 United Kingdom

    Ref No: BTD/968/05

    Batch No: 409978E


    Dear Winner,

    The prestigious Microsoft and Aol has set out and successfully organized a Sweepstakes marking the New  year 2008 Anniversary we rolled out over 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) for our New Year Anniversary Draws. Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which we enjoy their patronage. The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching personalized email addresses to ticket numbers. If you ignore this, you will regret it later.Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used

    program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

    Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 00190 with reference no MSW1002/08 and draw numbers 14-21-25-39-40-47(20)

    which subsequently won you 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) as one of the 28 jackpot winner sin this draw. You have therefore

    won the entire winning sum of 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

    The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom on the 26th of April 2008.. These Draws are commemorative

    and as such special.

    Please be informed by this winning notification, to file your claims, you are to make contact with your designated agent who shall by duty guide you

    through the process to facilitate the release of your prize. To file for your claimPlease Contact your fiduciary agent :

    Mr. Richard Maskery Patrick.

    Microsoft Promotion Award Team


    Phone Number : +44-7011127703



    You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:

    Your Full Names ;

    Country :

    Occupation :

    Age :

    Ticket Numbers :

    Lucky Numbers :

    Phone/Fax Numbers :

    As indicated in this winning notification and phone numbers. Thank you for being part of this promotional award program. Our special thanks and

    gratitude to Bill Gates and his associates. We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune. Thank you for being part of our commemorative our new year Anniversary Draws.


    Mrs. Lisa Brown

    Microsoft Promotion Team

    CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited fromunauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying ofthis message is strictly prohibited.If you received this message.

  16. Ian Moulster says:

    Hi Rajalakshmi,

    I’m really sorry to hear that you have been sent a scam email. The people who run these kind of scams are committing a criminal offense and in many ways we’re all victims.

    There are a number of resources that can help you to identify these kind of scams and report them to the appropriate authorities. I have listed a few below that hopefully are useful to you:

    Identifying phishing scams:

    Learning about hoaxes:

    Learning specifically about email lottery scams:

    Reporting a scam to fraudwatch international:

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