"Save Sam" and win some Great Tech Prizes from Microsoft

Mike Halsey MVP
Sep 25, 2011
Updated • Jun 15, 2014
Microsoft, Windows 7

Microsoft UK are running a new Windows 7 competition with some really great prizes through their TechNet newsletter between now and the middle of December.  The competition is intended to bolster Windows 7 in the business space and is called Save Sam.

Sam is an IT Project Manager who has purchased a large batch of Windows 7 Enterprise licenses without consulting her bosses. They don’t want to move from XP and now her job’s at threat! She needs your help as an IT Professional to convince the board that Windows 7 is worth deploying.

To enter you need to create a video, or series of videos across the whole competition justifying Sam's Windows 7 purchase on a series of different criteria.  Fir the first entry period it's productivity.

The prizes in this competition are really excellent and include...

Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB W500 Windows 7 Tablet
Sony 32″ LCT TV with Samsung BluRay Player
Lenovo IdeaCentre B320 21.5″ Multi-Touch All-in-One Desktop PC
Seagate 4Tb NAS drive with Sonos Play:5 and Sonos Bridge
Dell Inspiron Q15R Laptop
HTC Titan Windows Phone

In addition, the first 250 entrants will receive a limited edition mug.  Then there are two final prizes for the most watched videos over the whole period.

Samsung 32″ 3D TV
Panasonic SD90 HD 3D Ready Camcorder with 3D conversion lens

The entry periods for the competition are...

- Entry Period 1 (19 September 2011 – 03 October 2011)
- Entry Period 2 (03 October 2011 – 17 October 2011)
- Entry Period 3 (17 October 2011 – 31 October 2011)
- Entry Period 4 (31 October 2011 – 14 November 2011)
- Entry Period 5 (14 November 2011 – 28 November 2011)
- Entry Period 6 (28 November 2011 – 12 December 2011)

You can enter in each of the six entry periods but only once each time and, if you have a webcam and can record a video, up to three minutes long direct to YouTube, or if you have more professional video editing kit these prizes will make entering well worthwhile.  It's important to note here that professionalism isn't necessarily a guarantee to success.  What you say in your video is just as important, but don't forget the already Excellent Windows Live Movie Maker can be downloaded completely free as part of Microsoft's Windows Live Essentials Suite 2011.  This software contains some great and simple to use tools for snazzing up your entries.  As for your entries for the very first entry period, Microsoft say...

All you have to do is share your tips on the features of Windows 7 that make it easy to use. Sam says the board are worried that users will have trouble adapting to Windows 7 and that they’ll see a drop in productivity. She needs to know, what features and improvements are included in Windows 7 that will help the business’ users to be more productive?

The competition is only open to UK residents and full terms and conditions and links of where you can enter can be found HERE.  You can see my first entry on this link with the promise that if this wins the first round, I'll be giving away the prize, an Acer Windows 7 Tablet PC worth around £600, in a free prize-draw to a lucky follower.


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  1. TRY said on September 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    You must always consult your bosses before making changes like changing the OS of the company as it can be critical and important from company’s point of view plus the issues that comes with the new OS can also be a unnecessary predicament especially when you are dealing in an IT sector, Sam should have known this beforehand.
    With all due respect I’m afraid I can’t take her side just because of the new upgraded OS.Windows 7 has its benefits but still in a company it can be a whole different matter, you aren’t the only one allowed to make choices on your own unless you own it yourself.So,

    Sam Your Are Fired!

    Also I believe this is just one of those gimmicks by M$ in convincing the IT businesses to switch to their new OS every year, I wonder why they didn’t wait to market Win 8 with its impending release next year, too Metro for a taste!
    Unless and until M$ listen to people and gives the people what they want, people are going to wait for a better version or move to another OS but M$ would rather do what they want and what they like i.e. always trying to outdo the competition by coming with crazy new ideas and changes that only a very few handful of people will ever appreciate.

    Btw, I too admit the prizes are indeed very good but still…

  2. TechLogon said on September 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Good prizes, will be interesting to see the winners.

    Funny that the Technet article has been up for 6 days but not a single comment has made it through moderation…

    Just sack her and move on I say ;-)

  3. Dotan Cohen said on September 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    In other words, MS cannot convince IT to switch to Windows 7 and is crowdsourcing arguments. Creative!

  4. kalmly said on September 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Sam should be fired. :)

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