Microsoft partners were recently given the chance to engage in some healthy rivalry in the race to deploy Windows 7.
The vendor ran a competition last month offering cash prizes of $2000 to individuals and small partners, along with $5000 prizes for medium and large partners, if they upgraded to the release to manufacturing version of Windows 7.
Partner group director Brent Colbert says the vendor wanted to encourage partners to deploy the OS before the October 22 launch.
He says small partners are defined as those with five to 25 PCs, and 80 percent of these company’s PCs had to have been upgraded to qualify for prizes. Mid-sized partners (25 to 50 PCs) had to upgrade 80 percent of PCs while large partners (with 50 or more PCs), needed to achieve 70 percent.
The categories for individuals were The Low Rider, which involved running the operating system on a low spec PC, Time Warp for running the oldest application, Pimp My PC that used the highest hardware specifications and the Home Entertainment Award for trialling Windows 7 at home.
Colbert adds Microsoft was pleased with the high level of entries.
Lexel Systems CEO Noel Simpson says the promotion was a driver for the company to seriously look at Windows 7.
“It was great to win considering we were up against much larger partners.” The company achieved more than a 90 percent deployment of the OS. “Not only did we gain advantages as an end user ourselves, but it gave us some experience rolling the product out before doing the same for customers. We try to be an early adopter and test the products that we sell.”