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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