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Hold Windows 7 Party, Get Free Windows 7 Ult.

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:

  • Pei-chen
    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
    lol wth is it with that guy.
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  • bitage
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    LMAO! What a funny video!
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