Microsoft contest hints Vista will ship on Dec. 1

A Microsoft contest to guess Windows Vista's ship date hints the product will ship on Dec. 1.

A Microsoft contest to guess Windows Vista's ship date hints that the product's release date could be Dec. 1, though the company itself is remaining characteristically mum on the topic.

A contest through the Microsoft BetaExperience campaign for users in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region is offering prizes to people who guess the correct ship date of Windows Vista. The contest can be found here.

A user can take a guess at the Windows Vista ship date by clicking on a calendar on the site and hitting a "submit" button. If a user in the contest guesses the ship date as Nov. 30, a humorous video appears informing the user that date is too early for the product launch, and gives him or her the option to try again or confirm the guess. However, if a user guesses Dec. 1, the video informs the contestant that date is too late for the launch.

Although the campaign and contest are aimed at Microsoft users in EMEA, anyone can enter the contest by signing up on the site. Users who guess the correct date are eligible to win a trip to the launch event in the U.S., as well as one of several Xbox 360 consoles.

Josh Kerwin, a spokesman for Microsoft from its public relations company Waggener Edstrom said Wednesday he could not comment on why Dec. 1 is the date the videos shift, but he said it does not prove when Windows Vista will be available.

"It adds to the intrigue of when Windows Vista will ship but is not representative of a timeline," Kerwin said.

He added that it's unlikely Microsoft will comment on Windows Vista's ship date beyond what the company has already stated. Microsoft executives have said the OS will ship some time before the end of the year, most likely in time for the holiday season in the U.S. That typically means before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will fall on Nov. 23 this year.

The IDG News Service conducted a test of the contest site by choosing other random dates before Nov. 30 -- days in February, June, July, August and October -- to see if the Nov. 30/Dec. 1 change in videos is just a fluke. However in the test, all the dates before Dec. 1 show an array of videos that state the date chosen is too early. Similarly, picking several dates after Dec. 1 shows a video that those days are too late for Windows Vista to ship.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?