Microsoft wants to give you an Aston Martin

Aston Martin, builder of awesome sports cars, has been a Microsoft customer for years. Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of program management in Microsoft's Windows Server and System Center Group, even arrived to the keynote in style, "driving" one of the vehicles on stage.

While most people would love to own one of these luxury vehicles, the price tag puts it out of reach for most of us. In an effect to drive more attention to Windows Azure, Microsoft would like to give away a V8 Vantage Coupe to an MSDN subscriber. The rules of the contest are simple, and our worldwide readers will be happy to hear that the contest is open to almost everyone (excluding only Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria). So how do you win? Follow these three simple steps:

  1. Activate your Windows Azure MSDN benefit on the website
  2. Sign into the Windows Azure management portal and deploy one website or virtual machine
  3. Cross your fingers

Microsoft also has an interesting case study of how Aston Martin is using cloud technologies to improve their business functions. Specifically, the auto maker is leveraging Office 365 to provide their employees Office, email, conferencing and collaboration so that their IT staff can focus on initiatives that are core to their business. Messaging had always been a weak spot within the company, but with Office 365, they're now able to not only communicate internally, but also federate Lync with many of their supply partners to ensure easy communication.

Source: Windows Azure | Microsoft case studies

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chrisj1968 said,
what a joke. in the US, you can't take possession until you pay the taxes on it...

"oh.. the tax man cometh.."


Microsoft will give you $30k to cover the taxes. But this promotion is open to other countries too...countries that don't have the ****ed up tax system of the US.

Phouchg said,
I'll take nothing less than Aventador J, thank you very much. Better luck next time, sirs!

Wow sooo picky!

Unfortunately I do not have a MSDN subscription; I would love to win the car although I would trade it right away for a DB 5.

Kalint said,
Does anyone have $799 to renew my MSDN? I love Aston Martin cars so much I would **** it.

If you don't have the $799, trust me, you don't want to win such an expensive car... Taxes alone would kill you...

M_Lyons10 said,

If you don't have the $799, trust me, you don't want to win such an expensive car... Taxes alone would kill you...

Bingo.

M_Lyons10 said,

If you don't have the $799, trust me, you don't want to win such an expensive car... Taxes alone would kill you...


Actually, if you read the terms, Microsoft is also giving you $30,000 to help cover the taxes... Maybe I should've mentioned that in the article.

Fezmid said,

Actually, if you read the terms, Microsoft is also giving you $30,000 to help cover the taxes... Maybe I should've mentioned that in the article.

Yeah but what if you are no longer having $30,000 anymore... the next tax due will kill you since you do not have any money left unless you get second job or move to the higher paying job. Think about that. Plus the insurance may be higher than your current car.

If I want a car like that, I'd split the bills on tax and insurance with my woman as long as we are together, otherwise, I'd sell it if I get breakup or divorced..

Dude, you have an Aston Martin getting a higher paying job will be easy. Just put a picture of you next to the Aston Martin in your CV and send it to every company in the FTSE 100 or NASDAQ 100.

Fezmid said,

Actually, if you read the terms, Microsoft is also giving you $30,000 to help cover the taxes... Maybe I should've mentioned that in the article.

Hm... Interesting. If that's the case, wouldn't you then also need to pay taxes on the $ 30,000? LOL It's like a neverending race...

M_Lyons10 said,

If you don't have the $799, trust me, you don't want to win such an expensive car... Taxes alone would kill you...

NO it'd put 100 miles on it, then sell it.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
UGH!!!! wish i as a REGULAR person could win one. but then i'm 14

You can't even drive, what would you do with the car?! lol

drazgoosh said,
I'm 18 and it'd still be useless. I'd be paying over £10K a year just for insurance...

Not to mention the taxes on the "winnings"... lol

I wouldn't even want to win this...

LOL I'm 18 and working on my driving license right now but yeah insurance costs too ridiculously much but you can insure it on your dads name like a lot of young guys do when they got a sportcar ^^

M_Lyons10 said,

Not to mention the taxes on the "winnings"... lol

I wouldn't even want to win this...

A lot of places don't tax winnings, just income from the winnings AKA interest, a car would generate no interest so no taxes.

The website looks nice, it's different then other sites and modern, especially the home button on the right side makes it different from others ^^