Microsoft is launching a developer competition with some exciting prizes. Should you have one or more game titles on the Windows Phone Marketplace then you will be in with a chance on getting your hands on a Dell Alienware M18x gaming laptop (3 winners chosen by random) or an Xbox LIVE Gold Card (25 winners selected on a weekly basis). Oh, and if you're a developer who has used Windows Azure to develop your game, you'll receive two entries for that title.
So check out the Microsoft User Community Facebook page for more information and to enter the competition (you have to "Like" the page to be able to enter). Be sure to read through the rules when you get a moment (note that this competition is available to the U.S. only). The entry period to submit your application is from November 30th to February 29th. See the below chart for more detail regarding the sweepstake stages.
Source: Facebook (Microsoft User Community)
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Argha... US only.. :(
Aaargh, why is all the WP7-developer-competitions that I WANT to win..."US only" :(
I don't even have a laptop (put all my money in a powerfull desktop solution for my development), and that is actually starting to be an issue with all the meetings with Microsoft and other meetings I am in due to my WP7 development (note taking on paper sucks:)
Microsoft Norway...please copy MS US competition prizes :)
WHAT?! Yet ANOTHER promotion for USA ONLY? REALLY, MICROSOFT? What the hell is wrong with you? If you want to alienate the 95% of your market and prospective market that is not US then this is an excellent way to go about it. What exactly is the deal with this anyway... why are US people SO privileged to be exclusively eligible for these promotions? There is something so special about them? First you exclude Asian languages in your initial Windows Phone release so that all of Asia knows those are "the phones that can't support <insert local language>", then you blow 500 million of your American dollars advertising in the US so that most of Europe and all of Asia has no idea what a "Windows Phone" is, then you continue to provide promotions to US people only.
If Nokia were to focus only on Finland, or HTC only on Taiwan, or Samsung only on Korea... then they would look like idiots. Where are the high-growth markets for smartphones, Microsoft? Where are the places with the massive conversion rates from feature phones to smartphones, Microsoft? And Microsoft, where are the places that are not already saturated with the two major smartphone ecosystems?
Microsoft you are coming across as arrogant and short-sighted and this kind of behaviour is not in your best interests in the long term.
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