Office 2010 Technical Beta recruiting update and contest rules

Hey folks,

 Since we posted the information about the Office 2010 technical beta a couple of weeks ago, and our "Win an XBox" contest, we've had quite a few folks sign up for the program.  Welcome to all the new folks in the technical beta!   There are still slots available for folks interested in InfoPath, and we'll continue to take nominations until we're full.

Please note that the Technical Beta is different from the Technical Preview program.  Individuals and companies who are accepted into the Technical Beta sign a non-disclosure agreement and get access to both Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. 

The InfoPath 2010 Technical Beta Solution Contest is open only to members of the Technical Beta. In order for you to come into the program by being sponsored by the InfoPath team, you must indicate on your nomination form that you are primarily interested in InfoPath.  Also, you must include a valid e-mail address so that we can contact you to invite you into the program.

Here are the official eligibility rules for the contest:



This is a skill-based Contest. The object of this Contest is to create a video demo of an application built by the entrant using Microsoft InfoPath 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. For purposes of this Contest, each video demo you create and submit in the Contest will be called an “entry.” All eligible entries received will be judged using the criteria described below to determine the winners of the prizes described below.


This Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on 8/1/2009, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 10/15/2009 (“Entry Period”).


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

· You are actively enrolled in the Office 2010 Technical Beta program with a valid program ID and are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, or Canada; and

o If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Contest; 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 Contest; 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 Contest.

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


The full rules of the competition, including instructions on how to submit your video demo, are posted on the official forums that are accessible to members of the Technical Beta.


The link to nominate yourself for the program is here:


I'm really looking forward to seeing the great solutions you come up with using the great new features in InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Thanks for your continued support!


-Nick Dallett

Lead Program Manager, Microsoft InfoPath