Feeds

WinMe sweep wheezes to a close

They can't give it away...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The next step in data security

Microsoft's controversial and often-dysfunctional Windows Me Sweepstake came to a close yesterday with the promotional Web site in full working order - at last.

As we first reported here, the site was out of action for most of the week beginning 13 August, and only placeholder text blaming technical difficulties could be seen for the following few days.

The sweepstake was launched in July and promised 50 users a day a "commemorative" copy of Windows Me, signed by Bill Gates.

Quite coincidentally, after we broke the story - which pointed out that failure to deliver these as promised constituted a potential breach of some US states' consumer protection law - the front page sprang back to life. However, even after the front page was restored, the Winners List section wasn't updated.

That all appears to be fixed now too. Microsoft tells us that there's a three to five-day lag in posting the
winners (stop sniggering at the back there, you Perl and Python scripters) - with the most recent winner being drawn on from 25 August. So in a couple of days you should know definitively if you've won or not.

Is that enough punishment? Not quite.

With a slightly sadistic streak, Microsoft will begin the sweepstake all over again on 14 September - the same day that WinMe officially arrives in stores.

Perhaps this will be a "commemorative" Service Pack, signed by Steve Ballmer? ®

Related Stories

Microsoft casts WinMe sweepstake adrift
No cheap WinMe upgrade for 95 users, says MS
MS WinMe 'promotional'deal is a disguised price hike
Microsoft suggests Canadians can't add

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.