Microsoft sets a strong focus on driving the adoption of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System into all segments of the consumer market. And since one of the revamped aspects of both its operating system and the productivity suite is represented by the overhauled graphical user interfaces introduced to the products, Microsoft announced an initiative designed to take the redesign process to end customers. This is an integer
part of Microsoft's new vision of its two main cash cows situated at the core of every business, and migrating
even into home offices.
Microsoft placed strong emphasis on users working remotely. In the continuous race to squeeze the last drop of productivity, home offices are becoming not so much a trend as a standard. And in this context, Microsoft, courtesy of the Office Team will cough up no less than $25,000 for a makeover of the home working space. Former "Trading Spaces" designer Vern Yip will come up with the office redesign for the grand prize winner.
"People agonize over which window treatments or patio furniture to buy, and then relegate their home office to a dark corner of some cluttered room," said Yip. "The home office has become the area people bypass when they’re giving guests the grand tour, but is arguably one of the most important rooms of the house. Given how critical being productive is for people working from home, it really needs to be comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and optimized for efficiency."
Of course that at the heart of the makeover are none others than Office 2007 professional and Windows Vista Ultimate. Microsoft is also offering a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office Live Premium, and a variety of other hardware. Just head over here to enter the competition.
"The 2007 version of Microsoft Office is the most significant release of the productivity solution in the last decade," said Chris Schneider, senior marketing manager for Office at Microsoft Corp., noting that the software is designed to help people be more productive regardless of where they are working. "For the 40 percent of people who work from home and the 15 million home-based businesses in the U.S., it seemed only fitting that if Microsoft Office got a makeover, home offices should get one, too."
Microsoft, Windows Vista, Office 2007