1. ELIGIBILITY. This promotion is open to any person resident in the United Kingdom who is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).

ENTRY. For each competition you will need to submit your name, email address and your entry evidence as detailed in Annex 1.

To the extent that entry requires the submission of user-generated content such as photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their entry is their original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity.

Entries will be ineligible for the prize draw if they:

    • are incomplete;
    • exceed the maximum number of entries allowed per person;
    • violate the rights of any other person or entity; or
    • are received outside of the Promotion Period set out below.

Only one (1) entry per person per day will be accepted. No purchase necessary to enter the promotion. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft is not responsible for lost, corrupted or delayed entries. Microsoft reserves the right to disqualify anyone who violates these Terms and Conditions.

2. TIMING. This promotion runs from 12.01:00 am GMT on 13th December 2012 until 11.59:59 p.m. GMT on the 24th December.

3.  USE OF YOUR ENTRY. Personal data which you provide when you enter may be used for future Microsoft marketing activity if you indicate your consent on the entry form (if applicable). Otherwise your personal data will be used by Microsoft and agents acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the operation of this promotion.

4.  SELECTION OF WINNERS. All valid entries will be submitted for the prize draw or judged as a finalist as described in Annex 1.

FOR PRIZE DRAWS:

Winning entries will be determined by a random draw with closing dates for each as shown in Annex 1, conducted by Microsoft and will be supervised by an independent adjudicator. Chances of winning depend on the number of entries received.

FOR COMPETITIONS:

Winning entries will be determined by a panel of judges with at least one independent judge. Judging will be based on:

    • Usefulness
    • Complexity
    • Ease of Understanding
    • Innovativeness
    • Style

A maximum of one prize per eligible entry is allowed. Winners will be notified by email to the address provided by the potential winner by 11th January 2013. If a potential winner has not confirmed receipt of the notification within TEN (10) days after the first attempt, an alternative winner will be selected on the same basis as described above (either at random for prize draws or according to the same judging criteria for competitions). Winners may be asked to provide identification proving their eligibility before they are entitled to receive the prize. Winners may be asked to participate in further publicity or advertising.

5.  PRIZE(S). There will be 275 prize(s) in total. The prize(s) will be as listed in Appendix 1.

6.  Prizes are as stated and are not transferable. No cash alternatives available. Microsoft reserves the right to substitute the prizes with prizes of equal or greater value. All prizes will be sent by Microsoft or its agent no later than 28 days after the prize draw has been made by Microsoft. Unless otherwise stated, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer's warranty and/or terms and conditions.

Prizes may be considered as a taxable benefit to the winners. Winners will be directly responsible for accounting for and paying to HMRC, or other relevant tax authority, any tax liability arising on their prize. Please contact ukstat@microsoft.com for any query related to the taxable amount for reporting to HMRC, or other relevant tax authority.

7.  WINNERS LIST. Each winner consents to his/her surname being made publicly available upon request. Winners’ names will be available for a period of 28 days after the selection of winners by written request to a-slamb@microsoft.com.

8.  OTHER. No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this promotion or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this promotion at any time but only before the delivery of prizes, without notice.

Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, costs, damage, disappointment or losses of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or liability arising out of Microsoft’s fraud.

Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party.

9.  SPIRIT OF THE COMPETITION. If an entrant attempts to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this promotion by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from that entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we will disqualify that entrant’s entry to this promotion and may ban the entrant from participating in any of our future promotions, so please play fairly.

Promoter: Microsoft Limited (“Microsoft”), Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, England

Annex 1

Date, Entry requirements & Prizes

 

Competition Opening Date: 13th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 13th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date 14th December 2012 10:00am

Tweet “I'm entering the 12 Days of Geekmas Competition http://aka.ms/TwTNDay1 #geekmas #MicrosoftUK #TechNetUK” to be in with a chance of winning.

12 people to win:

1 Windows Server 2012 Sticker (50p), 1 System Center 2012 Sticker (50p), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 14th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 14th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 15th December 2012 10:00am

Like TechNet UK and share the details about today’s competition with your friends on Facebook.

11 people to win:

1 i-Wipey (£1), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 15th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date 15th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 16th December 2012 10:00am

Put our competition blog badge up on your blog and leave a comment on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

10 people to win:

1 Mag Light (£10), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 16th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 16th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 17th December 2012: 10:00am

Share with us your favourite mobile and desktop game titles by leaving a comment on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

9 people to win:

1 Atari T-shirt (£5), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 17th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 17th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 18th December 2012: 10:00am

Share your top tip relating to Windows Server 2012 with us on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

8 people to win:

1 Windows Server 2012 T-shirt (£5), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 18th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 18th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 19th December 2012: 10:00am

Share your top Visual Studio 2012 tip or trick with us on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

7 people to win:

1 Skype T-Shirt (£5), 1 Visual Studio 2012 T-Shirt (£10), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 19th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 19th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 20th December 2012: 10:00am

What is your favourite Windows 8 app and why? Let us know on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

6 people to win:

1 Windows 8 laptop sleeve (£10), 1 Windows 8 USB spider (£8), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 20th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 20th December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 21st December 2012: 10:00am

5 people to win:

Identify the 5 MVP’s who are singing in today’s video clip and what books they have each written to be in with a chance of winning today’s competition.

1 Windows 8 Book (£6), 1 MSDN Moleskin Notebook (£8), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 21st December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 21st December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 24th December 2012: 10:00am

Send us a link to a photograph of you doing something festive with Windows technology (that could be Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server etc) let your imagination run wild. The 4 most amusing photographs as judged by our panel will win.

4 people to win:

1 SQL Server Pocket Consultant Book (£30.99), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 22nd December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 22nd December 2012 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 23rd December 2012: 10:00am

Sign up to Windows Azure and create your very own festive website using the free websites tool and leave a link to your site on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

3 people to win:

3 Months free on Windows Azure (£), 1 geeky book (£21), 1 Windows 8 Mug (£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

Competition Opening Date: 24th December 2012 12:01am

Competition Closing Date: 24th December 2012 11:59pm extended until 1st January 2013 11:59pm

Winner Announcement Date: 7th January 2012: 10:00am

With either a phone or video camera wearing your geekiest t-shirt go out and film as many people’s reactions as possibly when you ask them “Windows 8 was my idea what do you think?” – Upload the video’s and leave the links to all of them on as a comment on today’s competition page. The two people with the most video responses will win.

2 people to win:

1 Video Camera Sony DCR SX21- E (£149.99), 1 Toolkits (£12), 1 Private Cloud Book (£21) , 1 Windows 8 Mug(£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)

24th December 2012

Put together a video showcasing either:

1. Your top Windows Server 2012 tips & tricks in action

Or

2. A video showcasing your top Windows 8 tips and tricks in action

Leave a link to your site on today’s competition page to be in with a chance of winning.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria by an independent judging panel of 3 people.

· Usefulness

· Complexity

· Ease of Understanding

· Innovativeness

· Style

1 person to win:

1 MicroServer (£230), 1 Arc Keyboard (£49.99), 1 Arc Mouse (£49.99), 1 12 month subscription to MSDN with Visual Studio Professional (£530.99), 1 copy of Visio Premium (£479.90), 1 Windows 8 Mug(£5), 1 Windows 8 Pen (£1)