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MICROSOFT WINDOWS PHONE 8 USABILITY SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

 

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

 

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.

 

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

This Sweepstakes is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. 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. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Sweepstakes.

 

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Usability promotion will operate (the “Sweepstakes”). In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant. 

 

CAN I ENTER?

 

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

 

·         You are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia; and

 

·         You are 14 years of age or older and are a registered Windows Phone 8 Usability Study (“Study”) participant who received an invitation to participate in this this Sweepstakes; and

 

·         If you are 14 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you must ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes, and

 

 

·         You have not won a Microsoft Usability Survey Sweepstakes in the past 180 days; 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.

 

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

 

ENTRY PERIOD

 

The Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 AM Pacific Time (PT) Tuesday, August 6th and ends at 5:00 PM, Sunday, September 1st 2013 (“Entry Period”). The Entry Period consists of four weekly Prize Periods.  There will be a separate drawing for each Prize Period as follows:

 

·         Prize Period 1 begins at 8:00 AM PT, Wednesday, August 7th and ends at 5:00 PM PT, Sunday, August 11th

·         Prize Period 2 begins at 8:00 AM PT, Monday, August 12th and ends at 5:00 PM PT, Sunday, August 18th

·         Prize Period 3 begins at 8:00 AM PT, Monday, August 19th and ends at 5:00 PM PT, Sunday, August 25th 

·         Prize Period 4 begins at 8:00 AM PT, Monday, August 26th and ends at 5:00 PM PT, Sunday, September 1st

 

Non-winning entries from one Prize Period will not carryover to subsequent Prize Periods.  Entries must be received during the Entry Period to be eligible.

HOW DO I ENTER?

 

During the Entry Period, the Study app you have installed on your mobile phone as part of your participation in the Study will display various prompts / messages and requests for feedback.  You will receive an entry into the Sweepstakes each time you successfully engage with the Study app during the Entry Period, both by responding to a prompt / message and engaging in an activity, as described below.   

·         You will receive one (1) entry when you reply to ten (10) prompts / messages and engage in ten (10) activities. 

·         If you have completed the initial requirement to obtain one (1) entry, at the end of the weekly Prize Period, you will automatically receive an email with a survey. If you complete the survey you will receive one (1) additional entry into the Sweepstakes.

 

Each time you reply to a prompt / message you will receive one “Reply Credit” towards entry into the Sweepstakes.  Each time you engage in an activity you will receive one “Activity Credit” towards entry into the Sweepstakes.   

For Reply Credits, you may only post a reply when prompted by the app.  For Activity Credits, you may engage in as many activities with the app as you’d like or as the app will allow in any given time period; however, for purposes of entry into the Sweepstakes, you may only receive one (1) Activity Credit per hour.

Limit ten (10) entries per person per Prize Period through Reply Credits and Activity Credits and one (1) entry per person per Prize Period by taking the survey.  Limit eleven (11) entries total per person per Prize Period. Standard text and data rates apply, see your carrier for details.  All Study participants will receive a $25 stipend to offset any data charges.

Entries will be eligible only for the Prize Period in which they are received.  You must enter each Prize Period separately.   

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.

 

By participating you are agreeing to these Official Rules.  If there are any inconsistencies between the Microsoft Usability site Terms of Use, these Sweepstakes Rules will govern as to the operation of the Sweepstakes.

 

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

 

Within 7 days following the end of each Prize Period, potential prize winners will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received during that Prize Period, for the prizes set forth below.  

 

Prize Period

Number  of Winners Selected

Prize

1

3

A $100 Amazon gift card

2

3

A $100 Amazon gift card

3

3

A $100 Amazon gift card

4

3

A $100 Amazon gift card

Total SRP of all Prizes Awarded

 

$1,200

 

All prizes are stated in US dollars.

 

We will only award one prize per person per Prize 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 when you enrolled in the Study 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. 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. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.

 

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 of 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 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 randomly to 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?

 

To find out who won, send an email with the subject line “WP8 Study Sweepstakes Winners List” to ucsurvey@microsoft.com.  Requests received more than 30 days following the close of the Entry Period will be disregarded.

 

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

 

Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052

 

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