Microsoft is launching a new initiative called “launch parties” for the Windows 7 rollout to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes and communities to demonstrate and help spread the word about its new operating system. Invitations to host parties’ll be sent to House Party’s user base and Windows 7 testers and enthusiasts. Microsoft employees in qualifying countries’re getting a message inviting them to host parties, as well. Other people can apply to be hosts via the House Party site, but it notes that slots’re “very limited.” Members of the public who are accepted into the House Party program would hold their sanctioned Windows 7 parties anytime between the Oct. 22 launch and Oct. 29, and will get their FREE copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, and a chance to win a mini-notebook computer worth $750.
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