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:

  • clip_image002Fast streaming installation on up to 5 computers per user
  • 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 .
  4. Install it and use it!!! That’s it… you are entered to win one of two great prize packages from Microsoft and Jabra!




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



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!).


7 responses to “Get onto my Cloud… a Colossal Contest!”

  1. it is great job your doing keep it up

  2. Finished signing up for PPP; created some test users as “in the cloud” authenticated accounts. Worked through the web-install on both Win7 & 8 for these users – but…
    – Can’t use the “” alias for auth on Win8 – doesn’t behave like a LiveID
    – Account “” can not be use for email or cloud storage (again a LiveID thing maybe?). Should there & services associated with them?
    – Got the impression that the preview is for both Cloud and ADFS type auth (choices offered as approaches for setting up users) – Is the preview not supporting email, skydrive, share point at this time? ..

    1. The preview is definitely supporting email, Skydrive, and SharePoint… I demo those in my sessions. However the login is not a Microsoft Account, which is why you cannot use it to log into Windows 8. -M

  3. I really enjoyed ‘Microsoft with Mitch’ today. Very informative.
    Thank you,

  4. Just got the MS notice that the “preview trial” is over, and the “full trial” version is now available (February 27th, 2013); Wondering if the contest is over (no end date mentioned) prior to clearing out my preview trial VM’s, etc.


  5. Just checking in to see if this contest is finally closed?… You focus (distraction :> ) seems to be more around virtualization lately?

    1. Hi Herbert! Yes indeed, that contest closed off a couple of months ago. In truth I have always been focused on Server/Virtualization/Private Cloud… it’s just that sometimes other teams at Microsoft engage me for short-term projects, and I shift that primary focus to something like Office 365 for a little while. Actually I am on an Office 365 kick now, but frankly I am way too busy with other stuff to write much about it. I hope you tried it and liked it though! -M

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