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Get onto my Cloud… a Colossal Contest!

In the past I have had a few contests that have had pretty good response – I have given away some decent prizes, and I know a lot of people have really enjoyed it.

Now, in honour of this blog’s 100,000th hit (Achieved October 30!) I am launching a new contest in conjunction with the Microsoft Office team… it’s so big, I have to create a new e-mail account to regulate the traffic!

I have spoken about Office 365 before, and have been a faithful user since it launched (and BPOS before that).  I have shown it to hundred if not thousands of people, and it is not a tough sell to show them that it is simply the best productivity solution available, combining the power of Microsoft Office Pro Plus with the cloud-based Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync, all for a low monthly fee which means no upfront costs and no ongoing support costs!

Office 365 ProPlus is the new Office delivered fast to all your Windows devices – including Windows RT! Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync. You will be able to preview Office 365 ProPlus applications and manage up to 25 users with a preview account… at no cost, for up to 30 days. 

When your preview is up you can either discontinue using it or, if you liked it, convert your preview subscription to a full subscription quite easily!

Office 365 Pro Plus has some great features, including:

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  • Runs side-by-side with your existing Office programs
  • Integrates with in-house email and collaboration solutions
  • Your settings stay with you when you move to a different computer
  • Flexible deployment – use the cloud or your own infrastructure
Register for the Guided Evaluation

Register to access technical product resources—such as forums, solution accelerators, whitepapers, and webcasts—at the Office 365 ProPlus Preview Resource Page.

  1. Review Office 365 ProPlus Preview system requirements
  2. Register for evaluation
  3. Sign up for an Office 365 ProPlus Preview account and install evaluation software for a limited-time trial
  4. Provision up to 25 evaluators within your organization using the Office 365 ProPlus administration interface
  5. Direct your evaluators to log in to their new Office 365 ProPlus Preview accounts
  6. Receive three (3) emails with resources to guide you and notification of the next release
  7. Use blogs and forums to share tips

Now here’s the contest:

  1. Click on this link and download the bits!
  2. Wait for the confirmation e-mail that you will receive when the download is complete.
  3. Forward that confirmation e-mail to Office365@garvis.ca .
  4. Install it and use it!!! That’s it… you are entered to win one of two great prize packages from Microsoft and Jabra!

    PRIZES:

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GRAND PRIZE:

A Microsoft XBox Kinect bundle, including a Kinect device plus THREE hot XBox Kinect games!

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SECOND PRIZE:

A Jabra SPEAK 410 Lync / speakerphone / speaker!

 

 

**Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.  The only restriction to winners is that they cannot be full time employees of SWMI Consulting Group (sorry Theresa!).

Learn About The Microsoft Private Cloud to Win a Trip for Two to Mexico!

Microsoft has released new and exciting products that will change the way IT Pros utilize Virtualization and Microsoft Private Cloud solutions.   Two products which are a part of these great changes are the newly released System Center 2012 and the soon to be released Windows Server 2012.  Both of these solutions were designed to make virtualization and extending to the private cloud simpler and much more efficient. 

With these new changes to Infrastructure and the IT world, it’s a great time to learn about these new solutions and keep yourself and your organization ahead of the curve in terms of where technology is headed.  In fact, Microsoft has even added an incentive to learn about their Private Cloud solutions through the Skyrocket Sweepstakes! 

Entering is easy!  All you have to do is register, and then download a free TechNet evaluation like Windows Server 2012 RC or System Center 2012 to get started.  Every applicable evaluation you download gives you an entry into the sweepstakes! And the best part is the more evaluations you download, the better your chances.  And what’s the prize you may ask? Oh, just a 7 day, 8 night trip for two to Cozumel, Mexico!

The contest ends September 6th so don’t wait!  Register now!

TWITTER POSTS

TWITTER POST – V1 Try the latest #Microsoft #Cloud technology for a chance to win a Mexican Getaway! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #Skyrocketsweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V2 Try #Microsoft’s free #TechNet #Evaluations for a chance to win a trip to Mexico! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #SkyrocketSweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V3 Take an applicable #Microsoft #Virtual #Academy course for a chance to win a Mexican Getaway! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #SkyrocketSweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V4 Register for a #Microsoft #Guided Lab for a chance to try the technology and win a Mexican Getaway! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #SkyrocketSweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V5 Give your IT skills and career a boost by trying out the latest #Microsoft #Cloud technology. http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #SkyrocketSweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V6 Position yourself for a promotion: learn all about the latest #Microsoft #Cloud technology. http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #SkyrocketSweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V7 Sign up for #Microsoft #Virtual #Academy and learn all about Microsoft Cloud Technologies. http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ #SkyrocketSweepstakes

TWITTER POST – V8 Looking to move up the career ladder? #Microsoft #Guided Labs are a great way to learn the skills you need http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ

FACEBOOK POSTS

FACEBOOK POST – V1 Enter Microsoft’s Skyrocket Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip to Mexico! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ

FACEBOOK POST – V2 Keep yourself ahead of the curve in terms of where technology is headed. Register for a Microsoft Guided Lab today for a chance to try the technology and win a free trip to Mexico! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ

FACEBOOK POST – V3 What are your thoughts on the new System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012?  Let us know by downloading a free evaluation and automatically be entered for a chance to win a Mexican getaway! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ

FACEBOOK POST – V4 Get free training on The Microsoft Private Cloud, through Microsoft’s Virtual Academy. Complete one of the 6 courses for an entry into Microsoft’s Skyrocket Sweepstakes! http://bit.ly/MZCnjQ

More Software Giveaways!

I love it when companies ping me and ask me to give stuff away for them, especially when they are good packages that I use on a regular basis – such as the WinX DVD Ripper (Platinum) v6.85.  Angie from WinX just sent me a whole slew of packages to give away, and since the first giveaway that we did was such a hit, I wanted to do it again.  Also hey, we have something to celebrate here… This week-end (despite my taking a couple of weeks off of blogging because of sheer busy) The World According to Mitch hit another milestone… our 50,000th hit.  I want to thank all of my loyal readers for helping me to achieve that incredible number.

So to celebrate, I am again going to give out five (5) licensed copies of WinX DVD Ripper (Platinum) v6.8.5** – the latest and greatest – to people who comment on my blog.  It can be anything – let me know that you like an article, or just comment ‘Hey I’d like to win!’ – as long as your e-mail address is connected to your comment (it will be hidden).

So the guidelines are simple… comment, make sure I can get in touch with you.  On any day (starting today) that this blog hits 150 hits I will give away a prize to someone who comments.  Want to win?  Tell me!

Good luck, and happy Spring/50,000th hit!

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**Software giveaways will not be hard copies, but will be fully licensed software codes already in the possession of the writer.  These copies are given away freely with the permission and endorsement of the software vendor.  They are distributed by The World According to Mitch, and not by any company or corporate entity that the writer may work for or contract for.  Odds of winning are directly related to the number of valid entries received.  The winners will be chosen at random according to the terms stated in the contest, however the selection process will be at the discretion of the writer, and his decisions are final and not subject to any audit process.  There are five licenses of the software to be given away beginning on Wednesday May 10th, 2012.

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Free software? Contest with Giveaways? Wow, this is good stuff!

Hey folks! So many of you have heard me talk about the importance of backing up your software (See Oakville.Com Tech Tuesday) but if you have kids it is also a good idea to back up other media – especially things like DVDs that you have invested money in.  Digiarty Software, Inc. has a couple of great tools for that, and for the next few days they are giving them away!

During their Easter Software Giveaway” they are providing two pieces of software for free, in stages.

Stage 1: WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

From now until April 10, Digiarty will be giving away their WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.  This is a great package that allows you to convert video between file formats.  However you have to hurry – the offer ends Tuesday!  To download the software for free, click here.

Stage 2: WinX DVD Copy Pro

For five days only – April 11 through April 15 (that’s next Sunday!) they will be giving away their WinX DVD Copy Pro software.  I know that as a parent I have already had to buy a lot of my kids’ DVDs a few times, because they scratch, break, get fed to dogs.  WinX DVD Copy Pro allows me to buy the DVD and copy it before giving it to the kids.  If the copy gets destroyed, all I have to do is make another copy, and not go out and pay full price again.  For those of you who are wondering, this is completely legal… as long as I do not give the copies to anyone else.  To download the software for free (starting Wednesday), click here.

Contest: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

To celebrate all sorts of things – the coming of Spring, my 1000th follower on Twitter, and what should be this Monday or Tuesday the 45,000th visitor to the new World According to Mitch Digitary has given me five copies** of the software you will want most from their catalogue to give away.  So for the next ten business days, I will give away a copy of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to one lucky reader, with the following caveats:

  1. I will only give away a copy on days where the site has over 150 visitors (Of the last 21 weekdays, 18 have exceeded 150 hits, and Good Friday probably shouldn’t count as a weekday).
  2. I will give the software away at random to a visitor who comments on my blog – any comment will do, as long as WordPress and I do not consider it spam.  That means you can comment on certifications, virtualization, Windows 8, or you can comment here and say ‘I want to win the prize!’
  3. I have to have your e-mail address.  That will not be published, but if I cannot contact you I cannot award you the prize!

I use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum all the time – we buy DVDs, and I rip them into our Windows Home Server Media Center so that the kids can watch them from the XBox any time they want without accidentally feeding DVDs to the dogs.  I also use it for myself – I can now watch movies on airplanes on my HP EliteBook 2740p tablet without bringing the docking station (the PC itself doesn’t have a DVD player).  I can rip my movies into any format, which means I can watch them in full size on my laptop, or really small on my Zune or Windows Phone 7.5.  If you don’t already have this software you will want it!  And all you have to do is… click Comment once Smile

Good luck, and happy Spring/Easter/Passover/45000th hit/1000th visitor!

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**Software giveaways will not be hard copies, but will be fully licensed software codes already in the possession of the writer.  These copies are given away freely with the permission and endorsement of the software vendor.  They are distributed by The World According to Mitch, and not by any company or corporate entity that the writer may work for or contract for.  Odds of winning are directly related to the number of valid entries received.  The winners will be chosen at random according to the terms stated in the contest, however the selection process will be at the discretion of the writer, and his decisions are final and not subject to any audit process.  There are five licenses of the software to be given away beginning on Monday April 9th, 2012.

Are You Virtual? CLICK HERE!

For months I have been talking to you about the Microsoft Virtual AcademyAre you registered?  If you do it now you can get access to all sorts of great learning tools on Virtualization and other Microsoft Technologies!  If you click here and let me know that you did, you can win!  I am going to hold a contest… if you use my specific click-through to register (or even to check it out) leave me a comment and you will be entered into the draw to win a couple of great prizes!  Encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same because for every hundred entrants I will add TWO more prizes Smile  If I hit 1000 I will add a major prize!  However you need to click through to one of these links in order to qualify:

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Evaluation Download Center

Microsoft TechNet Cloud Hub

Enter early and enter often… the winners will be contacted by e-mail so make sure I have your contact information… and remember, as always, you will NEVER be spammed and your contact details will never be shared with anyone!

The contest is open through December 15th, but every time I get 100 clicks I will give away a minor prize… and IF I get to 1,000 clicks I will give away the MAJOR prize on December 20th (all entrants will be eligible, regardless of whether you have already won or not).  Good luck!

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