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Microsoft Tech Community Survey Sweepstakes - OFFICIAL RULES
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  
 
PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.
 
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible. 
 
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 Tech Community Survey Sweepstakes promotion will operate.  This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.  

In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.  


WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES? 
 
This Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on Monday, April 9th, 2018, and ends at 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, May 4th, 2018 which will be referred to as the Entry Period (“Entry Period”).  Entries must be received within the designated entry period to be eligible.
 
CAN I ENTER?

 

  • You are a Microsoft Tech Community user 18 years of age or older; and
    • 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 Sweepstakes; and
  • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. 
    • PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.
  • 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/domestic partner, 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.
 
HOW DO I ENTER? 
 
Complete and submit the survey hosted on Microsoft Tech Community during the entry period. All entries must include their email address and answer each question of the survey completely. In order to participate in the sweepstakes and complete the survey, users must be registered and signed in to the Microsoft Tech Community.


We will only accept one (1) entry per person. 


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. 

 

To be eligible, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

 

  • You must be a registered member of the Microsoft Tech Community
  • The survey must be completed and submitted during the entry period.


 
We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria. 

We reserve the right to automatically disqualify:

  • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
  • Any entries that contain little or no valuable content, spam, or are self-promoting in nature.

 

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
 
On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select winners from the eligible entries for the prizes designated below.  
 
One (1) Grand Prizes.  A Microsoft Surface Book.

 
We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.
 
*In the event a prize is not certified for distribution in your country of residence, you will receive an alternate prize of equal or greater value. 
 
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 at time of entry 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.  


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 or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. 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.


If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes: 

  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes related to accepting the prize; and
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.

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

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.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, 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 to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes. 
 
If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

 

HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?

We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com. This list will remain posted one month after winner selection.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
 
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

 

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