Add-in Express contests

Add-in Express contest

Our November contest is currently closed.
Thanks for all of you who participated!
The grand prize winner is Chris Brockhouse from Australia! Good on ya, mate! Enjoy...
Stay tuned for yet another contest very shortly!!

Everyone loves a good contest! Add-in Express has decided to give a little back to our customers and the developer community by hosting a social media contest. During the next week we will be giving away a free Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription - valued at $11,899 US!!

There are several ways to gain entries for the draw. Simply do any or all of the following (make sure you read the details for each method to ensure your entry isn't disqualified or ignored).

How to enter

Method Details # Contest Entries

Follow @addinexpress on Twitter

  • NOTE: You must also send an e-mail to with "Social Media Contest Entry: Twitter" in the subject line

  • If you already follow us on Twitter, we know who you are, so no un-following and re-following please as that won't count as a valid entry

  • If you are no longer following our Twitter account at the time of the draw the entry will be disqualified


Tweet about one of our blog posts, including @addinexpress in the tweet

Example Tweet:

"Check out this great article on building your UI in an Outlook add-in: http://link. @addinexpress"

  • NOTE: You must also send an e-mail to with "Social Media Contest Entry: Blog Post Referral" in the subject line and the name of your Twitter account in the body of the e-mail

  • Tweets that are exact duplicates or retweets of other user's tweets will be disqualified

  • The URL must be a valid link to the blog post itself and not our main blog page, or the entry will be disqualified

  • The tweet must include @addinexpress

  • Tweets must be unprotected

  • The tweet must still be visible at the time of the draw or the entry will be disqualified

  • Limit of two entries per Twitter user, for a maximum of 6 contest entries (3 entries per tweet)

3 per tweet (6 maximum)

Like our Facebook page

  • Click the Like button at the top of our Facebook page:

  • NOTE: You must also send an e-mail to with "Social Media Contest Entry: I liked your Facebook page" in the subject line, and your Facebook user name in the message body

  • Your Facebook account must still be listed as a "liker" of our page at the time of the contest draw or the entry will be disqualified


Write your own blog post about one of our products and tweet about it, including the URL to the post, and include @addinexpress in the tweet

Example Tweet:

"Check out my blog - I wrote an article about Add-in Express: http://link. @addinexpress"

While these entries are somewhat subjective, posts will be judiciously reviewed to determine that is has some value for the developer community to qualify as an entry. Users will not be notified whether their entries qualify or not

  • Posts must be hosted within a blog provider that exposes a valid RSS feed

  • The tweet must include @addinexpress

  • Tweets must be unprotected

  • The tweet must still be visible at the time of the draw or the entry will be disqualified

  • Limit of one entry per Twitter user

  • NOTE: You must also send an e-mail to with "Social Media Contest Entry: My Blog Post"in the subject line. Please include the name of your Twitter account in the body of the e-mail and a link to your blog post


Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

  • NOTE: You must also send a message from your YouTube account by clicking the "Send Message" link on our channel page. Enter "Social Media Contest Entry" for the subject line

  • If you already subscribe to our channel, we know who you are, so no un-subscribing and re-subscribing please as that won't count as a valid entry

  • If you are no longer subscribed to our YouTube Channel at the time of the draw the entry will be disqualified


Contest rules and procedures

  • Contest deadline is Friday, November 26th at midnight Central Time (-6 GMT).

  • Anybody that is discovered creating multiple Twitter, YouTube or Facebook accounts for the purpose of gaining entries to this contest will be ineligible.

  • Maximum possible entries for each eligible contestant cannot exceed 19 entries.

  • A winner will be randomly chosen from all eligible entries on Monday, November 29th. Winners will be notified via their applicable Twitter (via a Direct Message from @addinexpress), YouTube (from our YouTube AddinExpress account) or e-mail accounts (from an e-mail containing the or domains). Please ensure that our accounts are not blocked. The contestant whose winning entry was via a Twitter or YouTube entry must include their e-mail address when they reply to the notification message so that they can receive their prize details via a standard e-mail account outside of the Twitter or YouTube networks.

  • Winners will receive a one-year Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscription (the Prize). Winners will receive their MSDN subscription key via e-mail in the form of a scanned image of the MSDN Subscription card containing the printed subscription key. Winners are responsible for activating their subscription benefits by following the instructions on the card, and must activate the subscription by December 31st, 2010 (it is strongly recommended that the subscription be activated immediately).

  • Winners have until Monday, November 29th at 12 noon CT (-6 GMT) to respond from the e-mail account that was notified to confirm their entry. Winners must also provide a valid e-mail address in order to receive their prize. Winners who do not respond by the deadline will forfeit the Prize and another winner will be randomly chosen. Substituted winners then have 24 hours from the time of notification to respond; this process will repeat until a valid winner is confirmed.

  • Add-in Express reserves the right to substitute the Prize with another prize of any value if the Prize is not available for any reason.

  • By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Add-in Express and all owners from any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the promotion.

  • Add-in Express reserves the right to publish the name of the winner on our website and social media networks.

Official contest regulations

  1. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all individuals provided that such entrants are at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and who are legal residents of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and member states of the European Union or of a country or jurisdiction in which the Contest Rules fully satisfy all legal requirements for a contest of this nature. Each Contest is void or the entrant ineligible where the legal requirements or restrictions of any jurisdiction prohibit or render illegal the contest or the eligibility of an individual. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Add-in Express Ltd., and its subsidiaries and affiliates, participating advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.

  2. HOW TO ENTER: Eligible contestants must follow the methods prescribed under the "How To Enter" section above. To enter, you must have a valid Twitter, Facebook and/or YouTube account. There is no cost to participate and no purchase is necessary. Signing up for accounts with these networks is free of charge. In addition to these Official Rules, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Use and privacy policies for these networks, all of which are incorporated as part of these Official Rules. If you participate in these networks on your mobile device, standard text messaging or data roaming rates and charges will apply. For Twitter entries, you may not post or transmit a tweet that contains threatening, libellous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any caption that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, that would otherwise violate any law or infringes. Entries may not speak negatively about Add-in Express or include any third party trademarks. Any entry that includes any such material, as determined by Add-in Express in its sole discretion, will be disqualified.

  3. SELECTION OF WINNER: One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the eligible pool of entrants based on the methods of entry. Any questions regarding the determination of the winner will be decided in the sole discretion of Add-in Express, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.

  4. PRIZES & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: (1 prize) Grand Winner Prize - Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription (12 months). This subscription is not-for-resale, and therefore carries some benefit restrictions. Technical support benefits and MSDN Magazine are not included, and all software benefits, including Microsoft Office 2010 products, are for development and test purposes only. In the event of unavailability of the stated prize, Add-in Express reserves the right to substitute items of any value. Prizes are not transferable, exchangeable, or redeemable for cash. Reporting and payment of any federal, state, provincial, local, VAT, or other taxes, fees, customs, duties, insurance, or other amounts owed in connection with any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner(s).

  5. DISQUALIFICATION: Add-in Express reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant that Add-in Express determines: (1) has tampered with the entry process or the operation of the contest or the Web Site; (2) has acted in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy or harass Add-in Express or any other person or entity; (3) has not satisfied all of the requirements for entry in the contest; or (4) to be otherwise ineligible under, or otherwise in violation of, these Official Rules or in violation of The Twitter/Facebook/YouTube Rules or other rules imposed by Twitter/Facebook/YouTube on the use of their accounts. Any attempt by an entrant to commit any of the above acts of misconduct may be a violation of civil or criminal law and Add-in Express reserves the right to seek damages from such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

  6. LIABILITY/ TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By entering, each entrant releases and holds harmless Add-in Express, any manufacturer or supplier of any prize, any other persons or entities involved in the contest, each of its and their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of its and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, from any responsibility or liability whatsoever arising out of or resulting from: (1) entry or participation in the contest; (2) the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize; (3) any violation by such entrant of these Official Rules or applicable laws; (4) any incorrect or inaccurate entry of information including, but not limited to as a result of technical malfunctions, human error, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof; (5) any injury or damage to participants or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation with the contest; and (6) any conditions arising from events beyond Add-in Express' reasonable control.


  1. PUBLICITY: By entering the contest, each entrant grants to Add-in Express the right to use and publish such entrant's name, country of residence, and any other information in any winning entry both online and in print, in connection with the contest, without additional compensation, except to the extent prohibited by law. In addition, by entering the contest, each entrant consents to the use of their names and likeness for advertising and/or promotional and/or marketing purposes without additional compensation. Add-in Express reserves the right to use any information provided by entrants in connection with the contest in any manner permitted by these Official Rules.

  2. TERMINATION: Add-in Express reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest at any time for any reason, including but not limited to any reason that affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the contest. Such reasons include but are not limited to fraud, tampering, unauthorized access, infections by computer virus, bugs, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Add-in Express.

  3. NO ENDORSEMENT: Nothing contained in these Official Rules or in any of the contest materials should be construed as an endorsement by Add-in Express of any prize manufacturers or suppliers or other third party, product, or service.