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Microsoft Express Heroes Promotion

Want a chance to show off a cool project you’ve created using Visual Studio or SQL Server Express? We’re looking for your stories! Tell us about something that makes your life easier or is just plain fun and if we like it enough to include in a feature article, we’ll give you a $100 gift certificate!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Send an email to
  2. Please include your name, email, and a description of how you’re using the Express products. Make sure to tell us enough details that we can understand just how cool it is!
  3. You’re free to submit multiple projects, but please only one per email submission.
  4. If you are selected, we will contact you back via your email address.

Good luck!

Microsoft “Express Heroes” Terms and Conditions

The Microsoft Express Heroes campaign is comprised of content submitted by users. Each day, visitors are invited to submit their favorite stories about fun or useful projects they’ve built using Microsoft Visual Studio Express Edition products and/or SQL Server Express Edition. If an entrant’s story is chosen, we will publish it on SQL Server Express/Visual Studio Express web sites and send them a thank you gift of a gift card/certificate to in the amount of $100. Limit one gift per person, household or email address every four consecutive weeks. Sorry, but residents of the following countries are ineligible to receive thank you gifts: Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

If you would like to submit a story, tell us about your project in an email to In addition to your story, you’ll be asked to provide your name and email address. You may enter multiple stories about projects each week; however you may only submit one (1) story per email. Projects will be chosen to appear on the website based on their “fun factor”, usefulness to other users, and to what extent the project is reproducible and effective. There is no guarantee that any stories will be selected in any week.

We accept stories each Monday through the following Sunday. To be eligible for consideration tips must be received no later than 11:59 PM PT on the Sunday of each week during the promotion. The promotion may be discontinued at the end of any week. All stories and projects become the property of Microsoft and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting this project, you signify your acceptance of these official rules and agree to grant to Microsoft a royalty free, non-exclusive, perpetual worldwide license to reproduce, modify, prepare derivative works and otherwise use and publicly display your submission in any and all media in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft Services) without additional compensation. Microsoft will have the right to assign, transfer or sublicense this license. All ideas may be posted on a publicly accessible web site. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability for any infringement of any entrant's rights in any submission caused by any third party. All stories submitted must be original, must not have been previously published, released or distributed and must have been created and owned exclusively by the entrant submitting the story. No responsibility is assumed by Microsoft for lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries, or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. By submitting a story, participants release and hold harmless Microsoft, its affiliates, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this promotion. Acceptance of a gift constitutes permission for Sponsor to use winners' names, and likenesses for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law.