Microsoft announced a “BlogStar” contest last year and the winners were announced in the first week of November 2006.
How do I know that I am one among the winners?
On November 5 or 6th I got a call from one Ms. Bharathi claiming to be working in Microsoft. The number from which she called is 91-80-65605725. She said that I have won a prize and needed my size and full contact address to ship a jerkin. As the line wasn't clear I couldn't hear properly for what exactly is this gift for? But at that time Blogstar was the only Microsoft competition I was participating so I presumed it to be that.
So, you got a call from Microsoft employee and hope you have received your prize as well! What else are you asking for?
Excuse me :) As the female's communication was not that professional I thought its some spam caller and asked her to mail me the reason for requesting my contact address so that I can communicate my address back to her official ID. That said, it’s almost two months now and I am yet to hear from her :)
More over I was bit puzzled as Microsoft already has my shipping address (as I am a MVP)! May be there are some confusion in the way client/customer informations are stored within Microsoft!! I thought based on my email ID they should be in a position to fetch the contact details with ease! Am I missing something here?
Few days later I saw the winners list announced here: http://www.microsoft.com/india/blogstars/winners.aspx
I am really wondering why there isn't any official mail communication from Microsoft regarding this which would have avoided lots of confusion!! I even checked with few other winners on whether they have got any official communication from Microsoft? The response is big NO :)
Below is the extract from Microsoft site
“Over the next few weeks, the Top 20 BlogStars will meet with Tarun Gulati, General Manager - Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India and Microsoft IDC Products teams, and discuss the future roadmap of Microsoft technologies. That's not all - these Top 20 blogstars go on to form the first ever - Microsoft Blogging Leadership Cell (MBLC).” --- This too hasn’t happened yet. Hope this would occur sometime in future :)
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