clip_image001On February 11, all eyes will be on Vancouver, British Columbia as we watch top athletes compete for the gold in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

To show what people can do with Office 2010, Microsoft is launching a new contest that will give two ‘blogathletes’ the ability to showcase their blogging talents and highlight power of Office to help you get your work done no matter where you are. The contest will showcase how Office 2010 technology lets you easily connect, share and collaborate across the PC, phone and browser.  You can learn about some of these cool new features by checking out these blog posts:

People from all walks of life use Office everyday to work, keep up with school projects, and stay in touch with friends and family. With Office 2010 we are adding new features and functionality that will take collaboration and the ability to work from anywhere to the next level. We are excited to share that, and the Vancouver Games, with everyone.

Additional details on the contest

The Microsoft Office team, with support from U.S. Olympic Committee, is sending one female blogger and one student blogger to the Games, as winners of our Office Winter Games online contest. The winning bloggers will use the latest Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Office 2010, to report daily right from the Olympics, alongside members of the credentialed press corps.

Winners will have access to places normally off-limits to spectators, including the hospitality center for the USOC, called the USA House, where athletes and their families are, and the official Olympic Media Centers. In addition to a week at the Olympics, they will also get the technology (including a new Acer Aspire 4810 Timeline laptop) and the press access needed to report from the Games - plus a trip to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

If you’re a blogger, enter the contest by going to www.officewintergames.com before November 1, and submit a short, 250 word blog post telling us why you should go to the Olympics. Our panel of judges, including Olympic gold-medal speed skater Bonnie Blair and CollegeHumor.com stars Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, will select the top candidates. The semi-finalists will be posted to contest site where everyone will have the chance to vote to send their favorite bloggers to the Vancouver Games.

You have less than six days to enter, so submit your entry today.

May the best blogathletes win!!