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Hold Windows 7 Party, Get Free Windows 7 Ult.

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Have a Windows 7 Party. Geeks gone wild!

In what could be one of the strangest marketing ideas ever (but definitely original), Microsoft is teaming up with House Party in hopes that consumers will throw an actual real life party to celebrate the release of Windows 7.

Those interested can apply online here to host a party between October 22 and 29. Those selected can pick a theme, then upload photos and videos, chat with other hosts, blog your experience, and download fun favors all from online. And if that by itself doesn't sound enticing enough, party hosts will also get for free a special Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate and a Windows 7 Party Pack.

I don't know about you, but no Windows 7 party of mine would be complete without this guy:

Steve Ballmer Crazy Presentation Start

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    Pei-chen , September 4, 2009 1:24 PM
    Do I want to spend a few hundred hosting a party just to get an Ultimate or pay $199 to buy the Family pack with three Home Premiums.
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    Netherscourge , September 4, 2009 1:57 PM
    Steve Mad-Ballmer would eat that dude in the Mac Commercials for lunch and date his girlfriend just to rub it in.
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    Pei-chen , September 4, 2009 1:24 PM
    Do I want to spend a few hundred hosting a party just to get an Ultimate or pay $199 to buy the Family pack with three Home Premiums.
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    crisisavatar , September 4, 2009 1:24 PM
    lol wth is it with that guy.
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    bitage , September 4, 2009 1:30 PM
    Run Sonic, RUUUN! It's the evil Dr. Robotnik going mad! :o 

    But OT: I dont really see how this is going to be much of a success. Surely, it's an original idea, but I think for most people it's just too much work to organize (or it's just me being lazy).
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    apmyhr , September 4, 2009 1:40 PM
    I could see this being somewhat successful for MS. Peer endorsement is the most powerful form of advertisement. If you end up convincing half of your 10 friends at the "party" to get Windows 7, then I would say MS's one free copy to you was worth it.

    Problem is convincing 10 of your friends to go to a Windows 7 party... (hint: use beer)
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    Nik_I , September 4, 2009 1:50 PM
    while this would serve as free advertising for microsoft, i don't really see anyone doing it. Although, if this were apple and not MS, i could absolutely see a bunch of fanbois going down to the local apple store, buying the latest version of osx and then all go down to one of their houses and get all excited while it installs on their computers...
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    Netherscourge , September 4, 2009 1:57 PM
    Steve Mad-Ballmer would eat that dude in the Mac Commercials for lunch and date his girlfriend just to rub it in.
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    pirateboy , September 4, 2009 2:11 PM
    I will be doing peer2peer endorsement on a bittorrent tracker party...that way it's free and nobody will get drunk and vomit on my carpet
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    Anonymous , September 4, 2009 2:14 PM
    Speaking of October 29, I just tried the Kubuntu 9.10 alpha 5 live CD, they've done one hell of a job with that, they really made it into a Win7 killer(presumably they felt the need to compete, and really stepped up to the plate). I'm going to install it as my main OS when the final release comes out.

    Kubuntu 9.10 alpha 5 live CD download:

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/karmic/alpha-5/karmic-desktop-i386.iso


    PS: Nobody is throwing any Windows 7 parties, I think they've overestimated the excitement :p 
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    apmyhr , September 4, 2009 2:39 PM
    Nik_Iwhile this would serve as free advertising for microsoft, i don't really see anyone doing it. Although, if this were apple and not MS, i could absolutely see a bunch of fanbois going down to the local apple store, buying the latest version of osx and then all go down to one of their houses and get all excited while it installs on their computers...

    Crud... I just finished registering to be a host. Then I read your comment and realized how pathetic I am :( 
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    eyemaster , September 4, 2009 2:43 PM
    LMAO! What a funny video!
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    asdf634 , September 4, 2009 2:48 PM
    LOL
    Microsoft should really start their own TWIMTBP campaign like Nvidia
    Microsoft - The Way It's Meant To Be Presented
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    Major7up , September 4, 2009 3:01 PM
    Why don't they just give away free copies and let people speak for themselves then? They could send them via snail mail just like all those AOL cd's we used to get!!! ;) 
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    viometrix , September 4, 2009 3:21 PM
    i registered.... i dont ned to really have a party.... i have so many pictures of lan hosting events ive done for gaming, and everyone i know runs win 7 rc anyways.... so easy to spoof with a little photoshop....
    but i will have 10 people over and distibute the software as i agreed to.... i am not about to do the worng thing, just not spend alot of money doing it. i think in this day and age it could be a good thing to get rid of all the bad press.... who knows maybe microsoft can use it to slam apple in the balls for a change
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    aspireonelover , September 4, 2009 3:40 PM
    LOL! I actually laughed when Steve Ballmer went crazy!
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    trih , September 4, 2009 3:52 PM
    apmyhrI could see this being somewhat successful for MS. Peer endorsement is the most powerful form of advertisement. If you end up convincing half of your 10 friends at the "party" to get Windows 7, then I would say MS's one free copy to you was worth it.Problem is convincing 10 of your friends to go to a Windows 7 party... (hint: use beer)

    Well the people who think of actually throwing a "windows party" most likely don't have 10 friends :) 
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    trih , September 4, 2009 3:55 PM
    And for those of you who thinks that video is a one timer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk
    No wonder M$ is running the way it is!
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    Anonymous , September 4, 2009 4:37 PM
    I liked the old method of M$-hosted live events where everyone got free software. Plus you learned a lot of technical info as well.
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    ozzman24 , September 4, 2009 4:49 PM
    Damn, I want some of what he's been smoking!
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    ozzman24 , September 4, 2009 4:58 PM
    OMG_try_KubuntuSpeaking of October 29, I just tried the Kubuntu 9.10 alpha 5 live CD, they've done one hell of a job with that, they really made it into a Win7 killer(presumably they felt the need to compete, and really stepped up to the plate). I'm going to install it as my main OS when the final release comes out.Kubuntu 9.10 alpha 5 live CD download:http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/ [...] p-i386.isoPS: Nobody is throwing any Windows 7 parties, I think they've overestimated the excitement

    Please tell me why we should use Kubuntu, other than it's not a Microsoft product. I've use Ubuntu, it's okay just because it's free. Just wish there were more Linux OS' that were a little more friendly with a MS world.
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    Anonymous , September 4, 2009 5:13 PM
    lol. Just another excuse to have a party, with the gravy of getting Win 7 on top. I'll just invite a tonne of my usual suspect hooligans and we'll get hammered and act like imbeciles and try to talk the women's shirts off. Anyone who's nerd enough to attend a "Windows 7 Party" already knows what they need to know about Windows 7 or needs to work on their social skills. All of my other buddies will just get drunk not care about an OS release. I'm hoping a Microsoft rep will show up. We'll get him tanked with a beer bong or a keg stand...
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