Want to win a Ferrari ???

No, we aren't talking about the sleek Italian sports car, but we are talking about a kewl Acer Ferrari laptop.  In fact, we are giving away several and you'll have a chance to win one by checking out the webcasts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/events/newballgame.mspx.  As always, please check out the official rules at http://www.microsoft.com/events/officialrules_newballgame.mspx

I don't know about you, but the Acer Ferrari laptops look pretty cool to me and I'd be happy to win even the "lowly" Acer Ferrari 1000.  I'm teasing about the 1000 because it has decent specs.  See http://us.acer.com for more details on their laptops.  Too bad Microsoft employees and family are ineligible to win.  Why is that anyway?  If my son sits through a webcast and earns the right to be entered into the drawing, why can't he win?  Appearances I guess...  baa Humbug.

Here's an excerpt from the official rules:

How to Enter/Prizes: You will be automatically entered into each monthly sweepstakes drawing when you complete and submit an evaluation form following a live or on-demand TechNet 2007 Office webcast during the Entry Period (“Webcast Series”). See landing page for webcasts. The available webcasts are subject to change at the sole discretion of Microsoft.

On or around the last day of each month during the entry period, three winners will be selected in a random drawing from all entries received during that month to win one of three prizes:

• 1st prize: Acer Ferrari laptop (Estimated Retail Value $2000)

• 2nd prize: Windows Mobile powered Smartphone (Estimated Retail Value $500)

• 3rd prize: Creative MP3/video player or Microsoft Zune (Estimated Retail Value $250)

In addition, winners will also receive one 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2 CD. Once the final RTM version is released, past and future winners will receive a copy of 2007 Microsoft Office professional via mail or download. 2007 Microsoft Office will be preloaded on the Acer Ferrari laptop, and original media will be included with the prize.