Maybe you also attended the virtual launch event for The Family Von WESS AKA Windows Essential Server Solutions AKA Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 last week.
Interesting though it was, I got a slightly creeped out feeling during the event. Like I was starring in one of those old Twilight Zone episodes as some hellaciously misanthropic character who screams to be left alone, only to find himself cosmically punished by being surrounded with what look like people, but is unable to communicate with any of them.
At least now I know what Second Life must be like, without ever having to actually spend any time in that sandbox of losers.
But one thing caught my eye for sure.
The Windows Mobile pavilion was touting a cool-as-ice promotion for Microsoft Partners to win a free Windows Mobile 6.1 device, with terms that couldn’t be simpler. The device being given away is the amazingly kickass Palm Treo Pro.
There are two ways to win…a giveway and a sell-and-win offer.
Complete 3 free online training seminars, and register to win one of 50 Palm Treo Pro devices being given away in a couple of random drawings. Each seminar completed is a separate entry. Limit on winning is 3 phones per person. Here’s a link to the full terms and conditions.
Here are the training seminars for the giveaway…
- On-Demand Web Seminar: Selling and Licensing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
- On-Demand Web Seminar: Managing and Administering Exchanger Server 2007
- On-Demand Web Seminar: Windows Mobile 6 .1
Optionally, you can earn extra chances win the giveaway (to a max of 3) by completing Partner Evidence Forms or Customer Evidence Forms. Basically, those require you to either give up your solution idea or infor on your customers. Up to you if you think a chance to win a mobile device is worth that, especially considering all of Microsoft’s recent moves to a direct sales model.
If you’re among the first 1,000 Microsoft Partners to close a sale that includes Exchange Server 2007 to an SMB customer (defined as having 5–249 seats), you can automatically receive a Palm Treo Pro.
Since the Family Von WESS AKA Windows Essential Server Solutions AKA Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 both include Exchange Server 2007, they fully qualify for this offer. All you have to do is make the sale, validate it, and request your Palm Treo Pro.
Only one entry per Partner organization. Limit on winning is one phone per person. Here’s a link to the full terms and conditions.
Compared to most incentives that roll around, I think this one has a lot going for it. The device is smoking hot and runs the most current release version of Windows Mobile. The sell offer is dead simple, and prolly something you are already doing anyway.
I’d prolly stay away from the Partner and Customer Evidence Forms, but maybe that kind of thing doesn’t bother you as much as it does me.