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It's time to consider coming to our live Microsoft Across America events. I mean it. Seriously. You'll want to be there. Not only will you be getting a great overview of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Exchange 2007, but we're also giving a free copy of Office 2007 Professional to every attendee.
"Wow! But... what's the catch, Kevin?"
No catch. In fact, here is the official wording of the offer, plus the disclaimer:
As an attendee at the event, you will receive a COMPLIMENTARY COPY of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional 2007*.
*FREE copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and Microsoft Office Groove 2007. Offer good only to registered attendees of event on the date of their event, while supplies last. This offer is nontransferable. Limit one item per attendee. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Must be present to receive the product. Products will be distributed as a download.
"What does 'Products distributed as a download' mean?"
I'm glad you asked. In fact, I've honestly heard two stories on this. I thought originally that we were going to have little shrinkwrapped DVD packages for everybody; but now it looks like we're giving out a key and a web site address where you'll go to download your software. If this changes, I'll let you know here.
"Cool! How do I sign up?"
You'll go to www.technetevents.com and pick the city to find the date of the event nearest to you.
(Note: There are also the main "Ready for a New Day" Launch Events going on in other cities. For information on those, go to this site.)
"Ah.. if I come to both your morning TechNet event and the afternoon MSDN event, will I be able get two pieces of software?"
Nope. It's one per customer. These events are a bit different than our ordinary events. You'll only be able to receive one software giveaway. Sorry, but them's-the-rules. And anyway, if you're at all interested in developer topics you really should consider going to the MSDN Events. You'll get the same free software, and the topics will be useful for developers.
"Which IT Pro events are you going to be speaking at, Kevin?"
Here's where you'll find me doing these events in January and February:
Jan 16 - Des Moines, IA
Jan 18 - Omaha, NE
Jan 30 - Milwaukee, WI
Feb 1 - Madison, WI
Feb 27 - Chicago, IL
"But aren't you doing an event in your home town of Minneapolis this quarter?"
As I mentioned, Microsoft is holding other major events in larger cities on other dates, which includes Minneapolis. The "Ready for a New Day" event in Minneapolis is on February 1st (I'll be in Madison that day). HOWEVER, we are working to also schedule Microsoft Across America Events using our Jan-Feb content in Fargo, ND on March 6, and Minneapolis, MN on March 8. Watch the www.technetevents.com site for these to go live. (Note: We will likely NOT be able to give away the free software at those March events. I just need to make sure that that is clear.)
Here are the "Best Of" the questions and answers from today's TechNet Webcast: "Planning for and Deploying
What...does MS think we in Minnesota have too much software?
(When are you going to have me back to Dunwoody?)
Don't worry - you'll get software at the Feb 1st event, too. Sure wish I could be there with all my local friends!
Last week I was among the Microsoft employees, presenters, and evangelists who were fortunate enough