Microsoft ratings and reviews sweepstakes

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Common terms used in these rules

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft ratings and reviews sweepstakes promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.

In these rules, "we," "our," and "us" refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. "You" refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.

What are the start and end dates?

This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on August 1, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on August 31, 2012 ("Entry Period"). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

Can I enter?

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

  • You are the named recipient of an email invitation from Microsoft Store to enter this Sweepstakes; and
  • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
  • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
  • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

Sweepstakes invitation is non-transferrable. This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

How do I enter?

Enter online by visiting the Sweepstakes website referenced in the Sweepstakes invitation you received. Follow the instructions to complete all of the registration requirements including completion of a short product survey. All required questions must be answered to receive an entry, however the content of your review has no bearing on your ability to enter or win a prize.

We will only accept one entry per person per survey invitation.

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:

  • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
  • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

Winner selection and prizes

On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select one winner from among all eligible entries received to win a $200 gift card to the Microsoft Store. Gift card is subject to terms and conditions and is redeemable on The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $200

We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period. 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 the random drawing. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.

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 Sweepstakes. 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 an alternate, randomly selected winner.

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:

  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and/or terms and conditions.

What are your odds of winning?

Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.

What other conditions are you agreeing to by entering this Sweepstakes?

By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

  • To abide by these official rules; and
  • To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
  • That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
  • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

What laws govern the way this Sweepstakes is executed and administrated?

This Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes.

What if something unexpected happens and the Sweepstakes can't run as planned?

If cheating, 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 Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. 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 Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to randomly select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

How can you find out who won?

If you send an email to within 30 days of August 31, 2012, we will provide you with a list of winners that receive a prize worth $25.00 or more.

Who is sponsoring this Sweepstakes?

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

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