Sunday, January 21, 2007

Microsoft launches online puzzle for Windows Vista launch
Prizes include a trip into space and your name engraved on AMD chips.
posted 8:45am EST Wed Jan 10 2007 - submitted by Brian Osborne
You may not be a rocket scientist, but if you're good with puzzles, then it may land you a ride into space. As part of the consumer release of Windows Vista, Microsoft and AMD have teamed up for a new promotion that features online and offline collaborative puzzles that are tied to real-world events across the globe. The promotion will include a half-million dollars in prizes, including a sub-orbital ride into space thanks to Rocketplane Limited. Other prizes include an AMD powered Windows Vista based PC, an Xbox 360, Zune media player in addition to software and games. If you're the first to solve the secret puzzle, then you could have your name engraved on an AMD chip for production that will run through March 31.

The promotion, titled "Vanishing Point," features an online website that reveals puzzles on specific dates leading up to the official consumer launch of Windows Vista. The dates puzzles are released are also tied to real events. Each puzzle released has a piece hidden within a live event. You can find this hidden piece by attending the live event or watching footage via the Vanishing Point website...

12 puzzles are released weekly. Upon registering for the sweepstakes on the website, each solved puzzle will earn you points. 10 additional points are also offered for referring other visitors to register for the promotion. Each point is worth one ticket into the sweepstakes to win prizes. The more points you have the better chance you have to win. The sweepstakes will end January 30...

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