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    Smile Microsoft makes a u-turn, Windows 7 testers to get free copy

    In a shock turn around, Microsoft announced today that Windows 7 technical testers will be receiving a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.

    In recent weeks Microsoft has faced angry reactions from bloggers and beta testers when they originally announced the testers "thanks" was the discounted pre-order offer. Blogger Paul Thurrot claimed: "the painful thing here, for beta testers, is that they've been screwed" which demonstrated the reaction to the previous announcements.

    In a blog posting at Microsoft's Windows Team Blog, Brandon LeBlanc confirmed: "to show our appreciation, members of the invitation-only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program will be eligible for a free, final copy of Windows 7 Ultimate." All current members of the English technical and international mini-beta programs are eligible for a full non-upgrade copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Testers can get access to their copy in one of two ways:

    * Download a copy and product key via Microsoft connect, English downloads will be available August 6th and other languages will follow as they become available.
    * Boxed retail copies are available in a limited amount and are being offered on a first come, first served basis. These copies will not be ready until October 22nd or later.


    ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley recently highlighted the testing process and how the focus has been taken away from Microsoft's beta testers. Testers are no longer held in such high esteem it seems as Microsoft only supplied the same 2 public beta builds this time around. However, it's good to see Microsoft making a u-turn and admitting they were wrong to not provide a thank you to beta testers. Hopefully with Windows 8 Microsoft will focus on beta testers once again.



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    thats gr8.

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    Oh great I agree,
    I was on the point to tell the same news

    Showing Our Thanks to Windows 7 Beta Testers?. - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog

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    Yeah, its the least Microsoft can do to thank all the Beta testers...

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    Does that mean anyone who downloaded and ran the beta version at home will get a free copy???

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    Nope, only members of the invitation-only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program will be eligible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    Nope, only members of the invitation-only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program will be eligible.
    Thats too bad. I had recently bought a copy of windows vista ultimate and there is no way that my parents will pay again thousands of rupees for windows 7 for my computer.I guess am stuck with vista for ever.I wonder whether they will include windows 7 as a dreamspark free downloads.

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    hi !

    "...dreamspark...."

    are you a student ?

    W7 will be available on MSDNAA i august.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nithinr6 View Post
    Thats too bad. I had recently bought a copy of windows vista ultimate and there is no way that my parents will pay again thousands of rupees for windows 7 for my computer.I guess am stuck with vista for ever.I wonder whether they will include windows 7 as a dreamspark free downloads.
    If you're a student then I'd suggest you get in touch with your school/college IEEE people. And I'd suggest you look out for the MSP prgoram as well.

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    Yes i am a student.My collage is listed but it is for IT department only. I am in ECE.Also I have just joined, classes havent started yet.So i will wait.
    PS: Am a regular reader of your blog beingmanan its great.
    Last edited by nithinr6; 31st July 2009 at 05:42.

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