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Gerry Harvey to sell first copy of Windows Vista in Australia at Harvey Norman Alexandria at midnight

19 January, 2007 | Archived Post

One Harvey Norman customer will have the chance to purchase Bill Gates personally signed copy of Windows Vista

Sydney, Australia – 19 January 2007 Microsoft Australia today announced that the first official copy of Microsoft Windows Vista™ in Australia will go on sale at Harvey Norman Alexandria in Sydney at 11.59pm on 29 January 2007.

Harvey Norman Chairman Gerry Harvey and newly-announced Microsoft Australia Managing Director Tracey Fellows will ring up the first sale, an exclusive copy of Windows Vista Ultimate personally signed by Bill Gates.

In addition, customers at Harvey Norman Alexandria between 11pm Monday 29 January and 1am Tuesday 30 January will receive:
• 10% off any computer hardware

From midnight the following offers available will be:
• Bonus Microsoft VX-1000 Webcam valued at $59.95 RRP for the first 100 customers to purchase any version of Windows Vista or Microsoft Office 2007,
• Bonus C653 Kodak Digital Camera priced at $199 RRP for the first 50 customers to purchase any version of Windows Vista or Microsoft Office 2007

43 other Harvey Norman Computer stores across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne will also open their doors from 11.00pm on 29 January to 1.00am on 30 January to sell Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft® Office system as soon as they become legally available for sale in Australia. 10% off all hardware and a bonus Microsoft Webcam valued at $59.95 with the purchase of Windows Vista or Microsoft® Office 2007 for the first 100 customers will also be available at these participating stores.

“Windows Vista is the most important release of Windows that Microsoft has ever delivered”, said Tracey Fellows, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia. “Australians are great technology adopters and we have been delighted with the strong support shown by the channel. We’re proud to be working with Harvey Norman to give Australians the opportunity to be among the first in the world to buy copies of Windows Vista at retail.”

Gerry Harvey, Chairman of Harvey Norman added, “We’re excited about the demand Windows Vista is generating at Harvey Norman, it’s fantastic.”

Where: Harvey Norman, Cnr Gardeners Road & O'Riordan Street, Alexandria.
When: 29 January 2007, 11.00pm doors open, 11.55pm Gerry Harvey and Tracey Fellows draw the winner, 11.59pm Gerry Harvey and Tracey Fellows will sell the first copy of Windows Vista in Australia.
How: Any customer at Harvey Norman Alexandria intending to purchase Windows Vista at midnight will be given one raffle ticket and have the chance to purchase the first copy of Windows Vista in Australia, which will be personally signed by Bill Gates.

For a list of participating Harvey Norman stores please phone (02) 9201 6111.

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For further information please contact:
Cathy Jamieson
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2220 or 0412 177 738
cathy.jamieson@microsoft.com

Jude Stupples
Howorth Communications
02 8281 3834 or 0409 668 024
jude@howorth.com.au

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