Microsoft holds ‘Guess the Windows Vista Launch Date Contest’

Microsoft EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) has debuted their “Guess the Windows Vista Launch Date Contest.”

The official launch date of the new operating system Windows Vista has not yet been set. When will the final product be launched? Enter your guess now and win an exclusive invitation to the international Vista launch event in the USA!

Are you already a member of the Beta Experience campaign? Then you can get started right away. And if not, then this is the ideal opportunity to secure an information edge. As a member of the Beta Experience, you are one of the first to be informed of the new product features, long before the final version is released to the market. In addition to the beta versions to test and co-develop, you benefit from valuable resources and expert knowledge. And the newsletter gives you regular insider tips and exclusive bonus material – your absolute competitive edge!

All legal residents of Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK who are 18 years of age or older will have the chance to win.
• 1st Prize: Be live at the Launch Event in the USA
• 2nd–4th. Prize: New XBOX 360
• 5th–10th Prize: XBOX Core System

More info here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “sketchtrain” for the heads up.]
Only Microsoft would have the cojones to hold a contest to guess the launch date of a product that’s slipped so much and so often (and shed so many of its originally-promised features) that it’s become an industry joke. Plus, doesn’t the first place prize violate Article 5 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

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63 Comments

  1. The second to forth prizes also violate that article. No one should have to suffer a XBOX 360 crash.

    To top that off, I must ask: are they asking the first versions to come out, the one for the commputer with new special feature comming out like 3 years after the original or the patch that’ll make it a half-( ok, ok, quarter-) good operating system?

  2. there’s only one correct answer possible…

    never! it will never ship!

    how can i tell? well… since the most obvious that you should be able to win is:

    Windows Vista!

    and that is not listed… because they know it will never ship and therefor can’t be offered as a price for the contest.

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  3. Just anooooother looooooong wait for the more reduce features of ‘Long’horn

    Might as well waiting for Leopord, the next upgrade of Tiger.

    Just wondering, after Leopard, which cat comes next? Could it be Azlan, the Lion?

  4. COMING UP NEXT:

    Guess when the first VISTA virus will be released! Oops, trick question: there’s some out already! Hey, Microsoft, here’s an idea: hire the virus writers to write your next OS, maybe they’ll be able to meet a deadline!

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