To try to spur interest in its upcoming Office Live Workspace service, Microsoft Corp. plans to announce Tuesday that it is running a sweepstakes with a $100,000 grand prize for U.S. beta testers of the Web-based document storage and collaboration offering.
Microsoft also said that it has added several new features to Office Live Workspace, a free service that is aimed at individual users and small businesses. The software vendor describes the service as an "online extension" of Office that has been integrated with the XP, 2003 and 2007 versions of the market-leading desktop applications suite.
As part of the sweepstakes, Microsoft plans to give out a total of 30,000 prizes between now and May 11. In addition to the grand prize, the booty that will be distributed includes 300 Xbox 360s, 500 Samsung BlackJack II mobile phones, 200 30GB Zune media players, 400 Expedia travel vouchers worth $300 each, and several thousand other Microsoft software and hardware products. Most of the prizes are more prosaic, though: about 23,000 will consist of soda coupons, while another 1,000 will be $10 gift cards to an unidentified "specialty coffee retailer."
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