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Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby shreader » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:50 pm

Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Windows 7 for free
Posted by Mary Jo Foley @ 10:34 am

After irritating more than a few of its technical beta testers by telling them they wouldn’t get a free copy of the final version of Windows 7 for their testing trouble, Microsoft has done a 180-degree turn.

Microsoft will be providing its technical beta testers with a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, company officials acknowledged on July 30 in a posting on the Windows team blog.

From that posting:

“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. For more information on how to take advantage of this, refer to Paul (Donnelly)’s post in the .Beta_Program newsgroup for details.”


The free copies of Windows 7 Ultimate will go to technical beta testers only — not every individual who participated in the public Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate testing programs.

Last week, on the heels of informing testers that it wouldn’t give them a free final copy, Microsoft had told testers it was going to close the beta forums quickly, over the course of a couple of days. Some testers speculated Microsoft was closing the forums because so many testers were expressing anger over not getting a free final copy of the product.

Nice to see Microsoft do the right thing here….

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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby shreader » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:57 pm

MJF wrote:Nice to see Microsoft do the right thing here….


^*^ :yesnod: :pirate: :harley: :pirate: :yahoo: :yahoo: :energetic:

can you tell that I'm stoked for everyone that qualifies, guess I'll check the Beta NG now :()
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby Grav!ty » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:55 pm

Congrats JD ^*^ Yeah it was nice getting both Vista X86 and X64. I regularly use either one of them and have never had activation issues even though I've installed them many times with the frequent reformat and reinstallion I do of all my OS's :pc

It's a bit embarrassing to admit but installing an OS is one of the most if not the most satisfying things I can think of doing with a PC :embarrassed: :lol:
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby JabbaPapa » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:34 am

:yahoo: ^*^ :yahoo: :cheers: :energetic:

and -- ooh option to receive an actual BOXED copy of the OS ??? :drool:

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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby augie » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:52 am

What were they thinking? Was a bean counter in charge here?
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby JabbaPapa » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:25 am

augie wrote:What were they thinking? Was a bean counter in charge here?


Same bean counter who successfully denied Office 2007 BTs with any free copies of that, yeh ...

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But MY I am pleased they are doing this for us, and that they are after all going above and beyond expectations -- on what is probably the most technologically successful, stable, and fast Windows version since the IMMENSE W95 :notworthy
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby imnuts » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:48 am

Definitely going to try and get the boxed copy if I can, otherwise, beggars can't be that picky...
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby imnuts » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:27 am

Not sure if it's still available, but the survey is up for people to fill out for the boxed copy/download. If you weren't an English tester, then there is no survey for you.
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby JabbaPapa » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:29 am

I just took the download hehehe
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Re: Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Wdos 7

Postby Logicalx » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:51 am

Is this on Connect, or Technet.

Because i swear i took part of the testing as i have the ecosystems on my Dashboard, anyone got a link to see if i access to the fre copy, i do so much testing i cant keep up with everything!
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