Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Free Windows Vista Business & Office Pro 2007

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Microsoft is giving away a Windows Vista Business license and an Office Pro 2007 license if you watch three web-based seminars for each. Here's the link to the giveaway site, I am not eligible myself, but my family and friends are eligible!

Here are the requirements: you need to have a Microsoft Passport (your Hotmail email will work), and you need to watch three (3) seminars for either free offer. So, to get both of them, you need to watch a total of six (6) web seminars.

Microsoft Office Professional 2007 comes with the following:
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Office Access 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager
Vista Business does include the coveted Aero interface. While it is true that Vista Business does not include the Media Center, I do not think most people I know will need it. However, Vista Business includes a spectacular backup / system recovery feature: built-in hard disk imaging.

Here's a rundown of the different Vista editions:
The web site is very slow, being hit by, well, everybody and their brother... so be patient, or try to logon during off hours. Offer expires 02/28/2007. Vista & Office are separate, you can run one without the other.

UPDATE: As of 12/01/2006 at 10:00 AM, they are "sold out." Hope you got one! I think Cathy's either just inside the door or barely got shut out, I'm not sure, but I know she is not getting a copy of Vista. I hope she gets the Office Pro 20007!


  1. You are a virtual treasure trove of informations! :)

    I'm in the process of "watching" my 3rd webcast. Does Microsoft know that I'm not always in the room as the webcast is going on? ;)

  2. You're farther along than we are! We've only watched one.

    In the past, I would put it on my second screen and listen for interesting stuff while doing my normal thing. It is a webcast, so all they know is that your started it and finished it. There's plenty of jokes in the forums about people "attending" while away at lunch.

    Previous ones actually required you to click stuff along the way... but not these. Anyway, enjoy!

  3. so Lee - scarry me - is this new software totally safe and debugged? I'm always worried about getting in 'too early' on the game. Thanks for the tip!

  4. I've been running the beta on my work laptop, and Office 2007 is stable. It will take getting used to, but I think most people will like it.

    As for Vista, I don't see a compelling reason for people to upgrade if they have Windows XP.

  5. The clearinghouse confirmed that Cathy got her copy of Office 2007. Yea!