Microsoft promotes Office by giving away... MacBooks

Microsoft has hit on a novel idea for promoting Microsoft Office - by giving away MacBook Pros. Okay, so it's promoting Office for Mac, but even so, it's an odd move for the software giant to be sending out one of the best-selling products of arch-rival Apple.

Perhaps it's because the MacBook Pros in question have been rendered ugly as sin, by re-colouring them into blue, purple, orange and green - ensuring that you'll never want to take them out in public. Needless to say, it also comes bundled with a copy of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac.

If you want one, you can win by living in the US or Canada, following @officeformac on Twitter, or retweeting @officeformac no more than once with the #officeformac hashtag. The competition ends on 25 February 2010, so you haven't got long - get your skates on.