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The great Microsoft Windows 7 laptop giveaway!

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| Dear Microsoft: I'm writing in regard to your recent FREE LAPTOP COMPUTER
| giveaway program for members of the industry media/analyst community. It is
| my understanding that authors and pundits who are "friends" of Microsoft -–
| i.e. those who praise Windows Vista and generally write positive stories
| about your products and strategies –- were eligible to receive their FREE
| LAPTOP COMPUTER during the super-secret, invite-only workshop that you held
| on the Sunday just prior to your Professional Developers Conference.
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/enterpri...eat_micro.html

Even a former Microsoft manager called it a "bribe".


Recent:

Microsoft bribes again?

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| But, if as appears may be the case Microsoft is letting people have Dell XPS
| M1330 laptops with 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processors and 3GBs of RAM
| on 'indefinite loans (wink, wink) then it's a bribe in my book. What do you
| think? If you knew someone had been given a PC with a list price of $1,956
| and then wrote nice things about the operating system that came with it would
| you be inclined to think that they might be just a wee bit influenced by the
| almost two grand worth of computer?
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/microsoft_bribes_again


Blacklisted by Microsoft!

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| Basically, they blacklisted me from certain super-secret (i.e.
| pre-conference, NDA, off-the books) sessions at their Professional Developer
| Conference (PDC) –- this after formally inviting me to attend those sessions
| as an "esteemed reviewer" representing InfoWorld.
|
| [...]
|
| Oct. 9, 2008 -- A short while later, I get my first hit. It seems that the
| whole mess started when the Windows Server team made the mistake of inviting
| yours truly to an event hosted by the Windows Client team. Apparently, the
| folks on the Server team were unaware of my decidedly negative views towards
| Vista, and when the Client folks found out they had invited Randall C.
| Kennedy -– a.k.a. Vista's most vocal and effective critic -– to their
| special, "for fanbois only" (nice photos, Paul) shindig, they went ballistic.
|
| First, it appears that someone high up on the Client Team (Steve?) really
| doesn't like me. I mean, really, truly loathes me. And it's not just your
| run-of-the-mill frustration with a journalist who picks on them. This thing
| is personal, and the executive in question is allowing his or her personal
| feelings to spill over into the company's handling of formal press relations
| with InfoWorld.
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/enterpri...listed_by.html


Related:

PC Mag May Boycott Edelman PR

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| Transparency is a word that's been kicked around a lot lately. But
| too much transparency is what got Edelman PR pro and blogebrity
| Steve Rubel kicked around this week, instead. An early Friday
| 13th comment about PC Magazine is fueling a potential boycott,
| as well as fulfilling what the PR world had feared about blogging.
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http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/20...ott-edelman-pr


Getting a Vaio [with Vista, from Microsoft]

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| Microsoft Belgium rang me yesterday (I don?t think they realised it
| was a public holiday here!).
|
| [...]
|
| The phone call yesterday was to confirm my address - the laptop (a
| Sony Vaio - dunno which model or spec yet) is en route with Vista
| Ultimate and Office Ultimate pre-installed.
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http://www.tomrafteryit.net/getting-a-vaio/


Bribing Bloggers

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| It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| better things about us.
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616


Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista

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| I'm not sure how I was selected to be one of the people receiving this
| (I'm assuming there are others, but I haven't come across any yet).
| It could be that they are reaching out to bloggers who are Mac users
| (I switched to a Mac back when OS X came out) or it might just be that
| people I know who work for Microsoft or other influential bloggers
| recommended me
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http://laughingsquid.com/microsoft-s...windows-vista/


Windows Live OneCare competition

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| How to enter:
|
| You have from now until 25th December to post on your own blog about
| why you'd like Santa to visit you, and then tag it with "Windows Live
| OneCare Competition". Only posts appearing on this technorati page or
| that trackback to this post will be considered as entries. From
| these we'll select 5 winners at random.
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http://liveside.net/blogs/main/archi...mpetition.aspx


Microsoft Traps and Hunts for Bloggers in India !!

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| Microsoft has announced the "Microsoft BlogStars" contest, to Hunts
| for Developer Bloggers in India. After feeling the power and increase of
| the Bloggers community in India, Microsoft tries to trap and hunt Bloggers
| in India to buildup the blogging community, for writing blog posts
| supporting towards Microsoft Technologies.
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http://i5bala.blogspot.com/2006/10/m...-bloggers.html
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