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February MP3 Player Winners Are In

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Congratulations to the February MP3 Player winners. Of the 10 MP3 players awarded, four folks were TechNet webcast viewers.

TechNet Webcast: Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape Backup and Recovery with System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Quantum

Michael Labanowski

New York

TechNet Webcast: Best Practices: Security Update Management with Systems Management Server 2003

Kenneth Thompson


TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does Security Updates

Michael  Shih


TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery Processes: Strategies and Considerations

John Bogdan


Microsoft Office System Webcast: Gaining a Competitive Edge in Capital Market Operations with Real-Time Communications

Alan Kissane

New York

MSDN Webcast: New Features in Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2

Scott Klueppel


Microsoft Office System Webcast: Train-the-Trainer Tips and Tricks: Word Document Production Made Simple

Shirley Solano

New York

MSDN Webcast: New Controls, Data Binding, and Performance Enhancements in ASP.NET 2.0 Data Access

Doug Stevens

New York

MSDN Webcast: Creating Office Solutions with Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System

Kenneth Voell


MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET Soup to Nuts: Application State Management

Larry Bilokrely


One thing we've heard a lot about recently is the fact that webcast promotions are only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.  Since I primarily post with contest winners, I wanted to quickly explain why this is the case. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you probably saw Dean's post back in October on this topic.

It all boils down to the varied tax and import/export laws of each country. Every country has different rules, regulations and tax requirements when it comes to someone sending or receiving a prize.  Our laws in the U.S. are very different from those in Japan, Germany or the U.K.

While we do like to offer up prizes to add an element of fun to TechNet webcasts, our real charter and reason for being is to get you the best, most relevant technical content possible and deliver it in a timely manner.  We hope you find value in the content even if you are not eligible to win prizes that may be associated with our webcasts.

Angela Brobst
TechNet Webcasts




  • "It all boils down to the varied tax and import/export laws of each country. Every country has different rules..."

    Yes, but Microsoft do have a presense in other countries, they certainly do in the UK - are they not able to send the prize to winners within that country, thus circumventing the import / export rules.

  • Unfortunately, just having a presence in other countries doesn't negate the import/export laws.  The laws apply no matter what, and we just don't have the capability to open up these contests outside of the U.S. and Canada. We wish it could be different - really, we do. Sorry, Wayne.

    -Angela Brobst

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