A few pieces of news (UK Developer Launch)

I thought I'd start a new post to save people trying to find comments on the last one, as there are a couple of pieces of news for people waiting to hear more about the software giveaway for the UK developer launch:

  1. I have had confirmation that the copies of the software will be arriving by Friday 16th (ie within the "week commencing 12 March" window) and we'll ship them as soon as possible after that date

  2. The terms and conditions for the competition have been posted back up at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/launch2007/dev/officetoc.mspx. Note that this page has two sets of terms and conditions, one for Windows Vista and one for Microsoft Office.

  3. It looks like we will be able to post a list of winners. I don't have a date for when this will appear but we'll make it as soon as we can.


Comments (34)

  1. John says:

    Thanks for the update.

    I don’t suppose some of the mob will be happy that their free software looks like it might, possibly, perhaps be a week late.  I think that they sometimes forget that the prize is a gift and it’s rude to complain about those.

    I, personally hope that the list of winners is produced as I am one of those who may have won, but don’t know as I opted out of receiveing emails.


  2. Ian Moulster says:

    Of course we actually have 60 days from Feb 19th to deliver the prizes as per the T&Cs. So we’re not actually late, we’re very early 🙂

  3. John says:

    I would entirely agree!  And that’s 60 days for you to post them, not for the winners to receive them.  I just don’t know that the ususal suspects will see it that way 😉  So you could post them on Friday 20th April and still be "Legal".

    Right, toys out of pram time.

    "Me wantee Vista/Office* NOW!!!"

    *Delete as applicable (or not if you entered both competitions).


  4. JackieF says:

    I just hope this list comes out before  the end of next week otherwise it would be pretty redundant.

  5. ALesser says:

    That’s brilliant! I did accidently enter twice, but according to the T&Cs, only one entry per person will be accepted! This means my first one was probably successful! I can’t wait for that list to go up, and I also can’t wait until March 16th onwards!

  6. Uttam says:

    Thanks Ian for putting up the T&C again.

    Now eagerly waiting for March 16th 😉

  7. JamesE says:

    Hi Ian, I have now had a look at the T&C. I complied completely with them, haven’t got no notifications turned on, I answered the questions right immediately after the event so I was in the first 1000.  I really can’t see why I didn’t get an email for either prize!

  8. Matt Sharpe says:

    Thanks for the updates 🙂

    Any news on the "signed stuff"?

  9. Name Unprovided says:

    JamesE, I’m in the same boat…

    I will re-iterate once more… I do not believe that a) Microsoft did a fair competition, or b) Microsoft followed their T&Cs to the letter.

    There is no explanation to why people who have entered the competition between 6-7PM of the Launch day did not get their emails, while people who competed 3 hours later did.

    There was no mistake in the answers, there was no mistake with the Microsoft notification settings, there was no email treated as spam, etc…

    False advertising is all I can claim for now.

  10. Buckie says:

    Hi Ian, been a while since the launch….I was wondering if (as in my case) Vista will come in a "Retail Box" the sort that you would buy in a shop, or as some people have said It’ll just be an cardboard folder type package like say Visual Studio package that we received at the launch ?

    I hope its a retail box with say a "Special Edition" on it, as it was a rather special day for Vista.

    I’ll be glad to get to work with it….

    cheer’s Ian and thanks for the help…..


  11. Ian Moulster says:

    It’s a specially branded "launch edition", with the "new day" branding. So it will be quite different to the retail box.

    Whether it’s better or worse is probalby a subjective thing 🙂

  12. Ian says:

    If you have a photo of the prize, I’m sure we’d all love to see it!?

  13. Ian Moulster says:

    Actually none of us has actually seen it yet (apart from in mock-up form) so I’m not much more informed than you re what it will really look like…

  14. the better twin says:

    so will it be like this then?


    just with launch competiton winner branding?

  15. haha says:

    haha i can’t believe someone actually filmed themselves opening an envelope with a free vista 😀

  16. yh, so excited that he wanted to film the special moment! lol.

    Although honestly, I would wish if Microsoft could make the design better (maybe by get a plastic case rather than the paper case :P).

    Also (just a suggestion btw), Is it possable if the winners get a ‘Launch Kit’ Like the US Launch tour is giving out?


    Included is…

    CD, Pen, Bag, T-Shirt

    Altough the pen and bag is the one i really want 🙂

  17. Paul says:

    Any news on the signed goodies?

  18. mbrown says:


    I think it is a little late for MS to go and change the packaging… considering they start to ship the end of next week.  

    Just be happy with what your getting, there are alot of people out there who are not!

  19. True, besides the main thing i want is included anyway! 😀

  20. Adam D says:

    Thanks for the update!

    I really hope that the packaging is not like the one in the video. It looks cheep compaired to the boxed retail.

    but im not botherd. I am happy!


  21. the better twin says:

    yeah i couldnt care less about the packageing its the cds i care about

    ian no news on whether they will be 32 or 64 bit versions?

  22. Blue says:

    You can’t just post people’s information online without their permission. I know people want to verify if they’ve won, but I don’t want my name and details to be published. Nobody agreed to that.

    If you didn’t get an e-mail, look at it this way: if you receive a prize, you won. If you don’t, you did not.

  23. Bill says:

    While I have been waiting for my copy of Vista to arrive I thought Id take a look at Ubuntu 6.10. I am very impressed. Its so good I might even sell my copy of Vista on Ebay when it arrives!

  24. Carl M says:

    "Also (just a suggestion btw), Is it possable if the winners get a ‘Launch Kit’ Like the US Launch tour is giving out?"

    You’ve just won £300 – maybe even £600 if you were lucky – worth of software and you want a goody bag as well? Let Microsoft take small steps, okay. You want goody bags? Write to Google!

    Ian, I think the best thing from now on is to not let any more details slip out. Let us wait!

  25. Nick says:

    Any chance that when the winners names go up their time of entry could go up too?

    I too entered immediately the competition launched with the correct answer and have my hotmail set to accept mails from MS and have heard nothing. My entry was submitted about 2mins after the competition page went live so it’d be interesting to see when everyone else submitted.

  26. Neil says:

    Ian, did you once write a letter into PC Format back in November 2000?

  27. Ian Moulster says:

    Carl M – I like your suggestion (the final sentence of your comment).  Sounds like a good plan 🙂

    Blue – we’ll only do it if it’s legal and makes sense to do so. Actually at this rate the copies will have been sent before we actually resolve it anyway.

    Neil – anything’s possible, but I have no idea. I cringe to think what it might have been, but I was of course much younger then. Well, that’s my excuse.

  28. FraserGJ says:

    I also like Carl M’s suggestion 😛

    Looking forward to recieving my copy of Office 2007 Pro anyway, been using Office 2000 Premium for many years so many thanks for the upgrade.

    I was also on of those who entered for the Vista comp too at the same time as the office one. I thought both entries were in within the hour after opening. I was wondering if there could have been a problem entering for both at the same time? Could 2 entries to 2 competitions at the same time have triggered some mechanism to prevent multiple entries?

    In any case, Office is a good investment 🙂

  29. Nameless says:

    Hi Ian,

    Maybe an e-mail could be sent when the prizes are shipped. It would also (therefore) notify those who have changed their contact prefs from ‘do not caontact’ to ‘contact’ that they have won. Just a thought.

  30. John says:

    Perhaps Bill would like to sell his copy to me. (At a discount.)

  31. albar says:

    is it not very risky to send it by first class mail ???

  32. Heather says:

    It is way too risky in my opinion to send first class

  33. JMcF says:

    Vista, 32bit only, not for resale, arrived today.

    I’m in London.

    Now I have the motivation to start digging in to the WPF. Thanks MS.

  34. Andrew Brown says:

    Hi Ian,

    Any update on delivery?

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