If you run a website (which includes a blog or a forum) which focuses primarily on Microsoft Windows, we invite you to participate in this Contest.
The overriding consideration will be: Does the website have substantial original quality content of interest to Windows Vista & Windows 7 user? The websites will be judged on content, quality, originality, continuity, presentation and overall impression.
The Website Title, Home Page url, along with a 2-4 line description about it, should be submitted here. The thread for the thread for submitting entries, will be opened on 5th July 2009, 1.30 PM UTC.
The 10 best websites will be picked up by a Panel of 10 Judges, comprising of the following:
Ed Bott, MVP, EdBott.com
Paul Schottland, Product Unit Manager for Microsoft
Steve Sinchak, MVP, Tweaks.com
Lowell Heddings, HowToGeek.com
Rafael Rivera, WithinWindows.com
Howard Lo, Microsoft’s Regional Team Manager (APAC)
Emil Protalinski, Ars Technica – One Microsoft Way
Corrine Chorney, MVP, Security Garden and The Windows Club Moderator
James Fisher, MVP, Windows Talk and The Windows Club Moderator
Anand Khanse, MVP, The Windows Club Administrator.
From among the entrants, 10 blogs would be short-listed by the Panel and put up for a community vote. The top 5 vote getters would be judged again, de nova, by the Panel of Judges and the Winner and the 2 Runners-up declared.
The Winner of The Windows Club’s Best Windows Website Contest 2009, will get a Free Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (when available), Windows Vista Ultimate dvd box, Microsoft Office 2007 dvd box, and licenses of ESET Smart Security Suite 4, TuneUp Utilities 2009, SnagIt 9, Acronis True Image Home 2009, Diskeeper 2009, Glary Utilities Pro, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Full, Extensions For Windows®, PerfectSpeed & WinPatrol Plus. A “I’m A PC” tee has also been included.
The 2nd & 3rd runners-up will each get, will get a copies of Windows 7 Home Premium and license of TuneUp Utilities, Acronis True Image Home 2009, Diskeeper, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, PerfectSpeed & WinPatrol Plus.
The 4th & 5th runners-up will get a free license of Webroot Security Essentials.
The first 50 to submit their entries would get the paid version of a-squared Anti-Malware 4.5 absolutely FREE!
This is a non-profit making initiative and the prizes here are being sponsored directly by the respective companies. The Windows 7, Windows Vista & Office DVD boxes, however comes to you courtesy TheWindowsClub.com. The “I’m A PC” tee comes to you courtesy WindowsTalk.org. The 2 copies of Windows 7 Home Premium for the 2nd and 3rd positions come to you courtesy WithinWindows.com.
The Panel of Judges will not be eligible to participate. The first 3 winning websites from the last years Contest will also not be eligible to participate.
Winning apart, this contest would provide recognition and a great opportunity for bloggers to expose and showcase their websites.
UPDATE: The Winners have been announced.