Competition: The Twelve Days of Geekmas – Three VM's

Please note: this competition is now closed, winners below!

On the Third day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Three VMs!

Welcome to the third day of our ‘Twelve Days of Geekmas’ competition.

With only three full days left the Geekmas competition is hotting up, we've got some great prizes left to give away!

Yesterday our true love gave away, ‘Four Jolly Nerds’. Were you one of our four lucky winners? Find all winning entries here.


For today's competition we're changing gear and heading to the Microsoft Virtual Academy, our free training site full to the brim with courses for Developers and IT Professionals alike. A little insight into Microsoft Virtual Academy:

Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages.

We have a specific MVA voucher code to share with all of you for today’s challenge, be sure to use it as this will be how we gage entries.

Follow these three easy steps to enter:

1. Visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy, and sign in or register if you haven't already.

2. Visit your MVA Dashboard, select the 'Redeem your Vouchers' tab and enter the code 'UKGeekmas2013', without quotation marks.

3. Benefit from all the brilliant free training courses on offer!

To wet your appetite for MVA, we've also hand-picked a selection of courses that are relevant to today's great prizes, so even if you don't win you still get an early Christmas present from Microsoft - the gift of knowledge!

What’s New in Windows® 8.1 for IT Professionals - What has changed in 8.1, covering Deployment, Security, Mobility and Windows Server functionality.
Windows 8 for IT Pros Jump Start - IT Pro Tips & Tricks, Deployment, Productivity, Recovery and Security in Windows 8.
C++: A General Purpose Language and Library Jump Start - Learn the basics of C++, including how to use the language and its Standard Library, coding and debugging within Visual Studio and writing efficient high-performance code.
C# Fundamentals - Learn the fundamental concepts of C# applicable to video games, mobile environments, and client applications. Topics include getting the tools, writing code, debugging features, customizations and much more!

The guys over at Microsoft Virtual Academy also have some great free Windows 8.1 Developer Training courses coming up, so be sure to take a look and register if it sounds like you cup of tea.


We have Three TechNet goodies to giveaway today… Three lucky winners will win the following bundle of:

- A Kinect for Xbox 360 Dev kit

- A copy of Windows 8 Pro

All entries from 09:30 - 23:59 on Wednesday 18th will be considered, however only three winning entries will be decided by the team and announced on this page at approx. 09:30 Thursday 19th.

Our Lucky Winners:

The lucky recipients of an the above prizes are -

- Jayne Samuel-Walker

- Curtis Parfitt-Ford

- Llifon Owen

Congratulations to todays winners, your prize will be in the post soon!

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Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tis the season to be Jolly… and with that in mind The TechNet team are proud to announce this

  2. Anonymous says:

    On the second day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me….. Two Beta Tests!
    Welcome to the second

  3. Anonymous says:

    So… who won?

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