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MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.

So Microsoft sent me a little envelope the other day, and inside were 3 cards, each for a 1 year MSDN Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite Premium Subscription.

Wow that is a mouthful huh?

 

So I already have this same subscription, and these cards were not intended for me to use, they were intended for me to GIVE OUT to the community so developers who are not MVPs can get access to this tremendous library of software and knowledge that can help you along your development journey. Sure, I bet Microsoft is also hoping a few people RENEW these subscriptions after the 1 year is over, but it is still a VERY generous gesture none the less. I don't know if you have looked at the price tag for these subscriptions, but they are not cheap (around $11,000 USD).

 

So one already went to a friend and fellow developer who is not an MVP, however most of my dealings with the community are online, so I want to extend this offer online.

 

I will be awarding 1 MSDN subscription to anyone who submits an essay titled "What I will do with an MSDN subscription, and why I should have one"
(and you thought your essay writing days ended when school did!)

I will review all essays and I will pick 1 winner based on what I personally liked the best.

I had thought about a coding contest, however it is too easy for people to pull code off the net and pass it off as their own, unfortunately.

 

 

Rules for Essay:

  • There is no minimum or maximum length. Just keep in mind your 2 sentence essay will likely not do so well against someone else's 1 page essay. Likewise your 20 page "chapter" will probably bore me.
  • English only
  • Submission deadline is 7-31-2008 (anything in my mailbox on 8-1 won't be read)
  • Email your essay to mattzerosandtheone.com (I will respond to everyone to confirm receipt of their essay)
  • Include your name in the essay
  • By submitting an essay, you are giving me the right to use them on the site if I wish. The winning essay will most likely be displayed on this site, so keep that in mind. The others will most likely not be.

 

Check back to this posting or the home page for the latest updates on this contest. I will post the number of submissions I have gotten, as well as my opinion on the submissions so far. Good luck and I look forward to reading your essays.

 


Posted Jun 13 2008, 02:53 PM by Matthew Kleinwaks
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Comments

dan wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Wed, Jun 18 2008 5:07 PM

what do we get from the subscription to msdn?

Matthew Kleinwaks wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Wed, Jun 18 2008 5:19 PM

Dan,

It is more along the lines of "what don't we get from the subscription"

You can see an overview of what the various different subscriptions contain at this link

msdn.microsoft.com/.../aa718657.aspx

The one I am giving away on here is the top one in the list, the *takes big breath* "Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite with MSDN Premium"

Luka wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Sun, Jun 29 2008 7:41 AM

Oh, thats big! But im only 15 years old, am i allowed to participate? It would be really nice to have all that :P.

Matthew Kleinwaks wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Sun, Jun 29 2008 10:07 AM

Luka,

I would have to check on that, but I feel there may be an age requirement of at least 18.

Luka wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Sun, Jun 29 2008 4:06 PM

:(

I hope it isn't because there is a lot of MSDN users less than 18... But I could still put the name on my dad IF i would win, couldn't I?

Matthew Kleinwaks wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Mon, Jun 30 2008 10:04 AM

MSDN Users as in members of the MSDN community, or MSDN Forums is not quite the same thing as the MSDN subscription, which is a product of Microsoft's.

Anyway, go ahead and submit me an entry and it will be considered for the contest.

Thanks!

dan wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Tue, Jul 1 2008 1:01 AM

how many entries have you received so far?

Matthew Kleinwaks wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Tue, Jul 1 2008 9:29 AM

Dan,

Only a few so far.

CodedFire wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Thu, Jul 17 2008 5:53 AM

Hey mat, dont worry il be submitting my easy in the next couple of days! PS. Like the site, its the first time i have actually seen it.

Matthew Kleinwaks wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Fri, Aug 1 2008 10:35 AM

I want to congratulate demotivater (Rob) on winning the MSDN subscription with his essay. Hopefully he will be REmotivating people to learn and work with VB. I actually got fewer entries that I thought I would based on the prize and what was required to enter, but all the entries I did get were pretty good. If I had an MSDN subscription card for everyone who entered, they would get it.

demotivater wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Fri, Aug 1 2008 12:28 PM

Awesome news, Matt.  I can't thank you enough for the opportunity.  You the man!!

CodedFire wrote re: MSDN: Contest for free MSDN Subscription for 1 year.
on Sat, Aug 2 2008 1:32 PM

Congrats Rob!



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