MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 SYNDICATE TO WIN CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions. If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES: These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Office 365 Syndicate-to-Win contest promotion will operate (“Contest”). In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Contest. “You” refers to an eligible Contest entrant.

CONTEST DESCRIPTION: This is a skill-based Contest. The object of this Contest is to reward partners for driving O365 transactions in each of the following geographic areas: North West, South West, North Central, South Central, Midwest, Heartland, NY Metro, Mid Atlantic, Greater South East, and North East, as determined by the region attributed to your company within your MPN profile. For purposes of this Contest, each completed transaction using your O365 enabled trial button will be called an “entry”. A “transaction” is defined as either a trial or a completed purchase that resulted from the syndication link. All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described below to determine the winners of the prizes described below.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES? This Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 1, 2013, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on April 30, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements at time entry:

This Contest is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

HOW DO I ENTER?

In order to participate in this Contest, you must do all of the following:

  1. Go to https://readytogo.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/SyndicationFinder.aspx
  2. Choose from one of two MS O365 syndication contents with the trial option.
  3. Customize the syndication microsite if appropriate for your company and include your Trial URL. Choose a banner size to syndicate on your website.
  4. Click the “Generate Code” button
  5. Copy and Embed the appropriate code into your company’s website.

Once you have completed this, Microsoft Online Subscription Services will track completed transaction details including Partner Name, Product SKU, Included seats, Subscription start date, and Organization Name during the Entry Period listed above. Transactions completed using a non-syndicated partner of record URL will be ineligible.

While there is no limit to the number of transactions you can achieve via your syndication link, we will only accept a single partner company into the contest once. In other words, two people may not enter using the same company or email address – each entity must enter using a unique company.

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify:

WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES: On or around the close of the Entry Period, a panel of judges will review all eligible entries received and select one (1) winning partner in each region listed above based on the partner who generated the most transactions from their syndication URL during the Entry Period. By the close of the promotion, a total of ten (10) winners (one per region) will have been selected.

The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than described above. In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, the prize money will be equally divided among the winning partner(s) of a particular region.

Contest Prizes

Ten (10) Grand Prizes. A check for $1,000.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $10,000

The prize will be awarded to the winning Partner, not to the Authorized Representative of Partner or to any other individual employee(s) making an acquisition or completing any entry materials on behalf of the winning Partner. Further, the winning Partner’s CFO or other senior executive selected is responsible for determining any prize distribution within the winning Partner’s organization in accordance with its policies. We will not be responsible for any disputes arising between individual employees and their respective employers.

We will only award one (1) prize per partner.

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following completion of judging. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Contest. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up.

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Contest:

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING? By entering this Contest you agree:

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS CONTEST IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED? This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CONTEST CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED? If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Contest, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Contest, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Contest, so please play fairly.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON? If you send an email to rtgmktg@microsoft.com within 30 days of April 30, 2013, we will provide you with a list of winners that receive a prize worth $25.00 or more.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CONTEST?
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052