Ok, I have a serious gripe here. Microsoft wants us to share our experiences with them. You have to download a program, and add what equates to spyware on your system. Now this is fine and good if you choose to do it. Like all of us, I covet my privacy, but given the right circumstances, I can make certain allowances. Microsoft, in conjunction with this was offering copies of Vista Ultimate, Office 2007, and others as compensation for collecting this data. But when I signed up, nothing was said about the software offer being withdrawn, or had ended, or anything like that. I just happened to be perusing from another Lockergnome blogger’s page, and saw that the offer had been withdrawn. Hmmmm, didn’t se anything like that on the website. Off I go, back onto the website, searched everywhere. Nothing. Went and left a comment on his blog. So I sent email to them asking if this was indeed the case. I got this reply…

Thank you for your inquiry about the Windows Feedback Program. Because of the high level of interest in the Program, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions below.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] and we will make every effort to get back to you.

Thank You,

The Windows Experience Team

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happened to the free product offer?

The offer for complimentary Microsoft products was removed from the program when the supply of gifts ran out on December 11, 2007 at 2 p.m. PT.

Ummmm…excuse me, why the hell didn’t you put that on the website? Wasn’t on the main page, wasn’t on the FAQ there, wasn’t even buried on one of the obscure pages. More importantly, why didn’t you tell me this before I wasted 10 minutes or so filling out the stupid damn survey? And excuse me, but don’t you make the damn software? How the hell can you run out? Vista and Office 2007 are having enough trouble gaining popularity as it is, and now you are going to pull this? Shame on you Microsoft for being so disingenuous!  Angry

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