Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 31st Dec 2005 11:48 UTC
Windows MS is holding a contest in Europe & Pakistan, in which you have to guess what date MS will launch their long awaited next version of Windows. All legal residents of Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK who are 18 years of age or older have the chance to win from 1 of 3 prizes available in different prize bands; 1st Prize: Be live at the Launch Event in the USA: the full package with entry, flight and 3 nights in a 4-star Hotel, 2nd-4th Prize: New XBOX 360, 5th-10th Prize: XBOX Core System. NOTE: It seems to require IE to sign up, as it doesnt work in Safari, it may work in FF however.
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This seems a pointless contest...
by rklrkl on Sat 31st Dec 2005 12:39 UTC
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...for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it gives me - and probably many others - that Microsoft don't actually know the release date yet (yes, it could equally mean they do know it, but with a "guess" in the contest, it does lend an air of uncertainty to the actual release date).

Secondly, you strongly suspect that if not enough people guess the right date to win all the prizes, they'll just shift the release date back to whenever there is enough people :-) After all, it's going to be way overdue and underwhelming when it's released, so what does an extra few days wait matter?

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