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Microsoft Establishes Windows MC Install Challenge

PC giant is searching for custom installation professionals to submit distinctive installations for its Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest.

Seattle, WA–Microsoft Corp. is searching for the custom installation industry’s innovators to submit distinctive installations for the Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest. The first of its kind, this design contest seeks to recognize the residential custom electronics systems installation business that best utilizes Windows Media Center in a custom installation solution.

Increasingly, Windows Media Center is being implemented in solutions for the custom channel, so Microsoft is challenging industry professionals to present their most unique and creative installations using the technology. The contest was announced at CEDIA EXPO 2007.

“This is a chance not only to show the amazing things custom installers can do with the Windows Media Center platform, but also to have some fun,” said Microsoft’s Scott Evans. “Our partners in the custom channel are taking our software and building incredible digital home solutions, so we decided now was a great time to give them the chance to showcase their best work and compete to be recognized as the ultimate MCE installer.”

The Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest is about finding the best implementation of MCE designed and installed as a part of a residential electronics system. Here are the standards:

A company may submit up to two unique entries to the contest, which must include an installation overview and description that detail the featured highlights of the installation as well as a list of integrated components.

Each entry must contain information regarding the project cost and engineering details of the installation.

The installation must be completed before the close of the entry period on November 1, 2007.

“We are looking for an installer who is able to create a seamless user experience using Windows Media Center devices,” Evans said. “Creativity, originality and functionality will all impact the judges’ decisions, but the installer’s success integrating Windows Media Center into the heart of the home will reflect the ‘Ultimate Install.’”

All entries must be completed and submitted by November 1, 2007. One winner will be chosen and announced at the Electronic House Expo Fall 2007 in Long Beach, California, on November 7, 2007. The winner and a guest will receive a round trip to Seattle for an interview at Microsoft Studios and a weekend vacation package in or near the Seattle area. The winner will also receive a photo shoot of the project, and the installation will be featured on Microsoft’s web site.

Official rules and eligibility requirements are available at