Explore Microsoft's Private Cloud

This is cool. Microsoft is willing to PAY you to try some software and learn some stuff. And you could also win a very slick laptop in the process.

“Huh? Seriously?”

Explore Microsoft's Private Cloud

Well.. in a sense. We’re announcing today an opportunity for a limited (roughly 5,000) number of people to get a $20 coupon for the Microsoft Store, simply by doing two things:

  1. Download the Private Cloud evaluation software. (System Center 2012 Release Candidate, and Windows Server 2008 R2 w/SP1 evaluation). If prompted for a Promo Code, enter “CLOUD”.
  2. Sign-up for and go through a Virtual Lab entitled “Explore Microsoft’s Private Cloud”.

And once those two items are completed, Microsoft will e-mail you and the other first 4,999 people that complete it) a code redeemable for $20 off at the Microsoft Store.

NOTE: It is VERY important that you provide valid information with your Live ID sign in, because that’s how we will be able to reward you, and it’s to that e-mail address that we will send the code to retrieve your $20 coupon for use at the Online Store.

“Hey John, what about that ‘slick laptop’ you mentioned?”

How slick is this?…

That's one slick laptop!

A Lenovo W520 15.6”

Check out these specs:

  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2760QM Processor ( 2.40GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
  • 15.6" HD AntiGlare 1920x1080
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2000M 2GB
  • 32 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
  • 160GB SSD SATA
  • DVD R/W
  • Bluetooth
  • Intel 6300
  • Webcam
  • Smart Card
  • TPM
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 9cell battery
  • Windows 7

Important: Remember - There are a limited number of $20 coupons available (about 5,000) and are given out on a first come first serve basis; and only one per person. This promotional offer is only valid in the United States. Whether you get a $20 coupon or not, you will still be entered into the drawing for the W520. You can enter multiple times for the raffle – you just have to complete the two steps each time. Please read the full Rules on the Microsoft Private Cloud Offer Site, as my disclaimer only has a portion of the full rules.

So.. what are you waiting for?

  1. Download the software (Promo code: CLOUD, if asked)
  2. Do the Virtual Lab,
  3. Get your $20 coupon (while supplies last), and
  4. Maybe win a laptop!

For the full scoop, check out the main site.

 

Thanks to Kevin Remde for putting this post together!