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Useful Vista Beta Testers Get Free Vista

Microsoft announced it will be giving back to the tester community, with a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate or Vista Business (user’s choice) to any official invited tester who submitted a bug. If you got the beta out of the Connect program, and did even a minute amount to help stabilize Microsoft’s latest OS, you get the $400 version for free.

Shame it only goes to invited beta testers, not Customer Preview Program testers, but an estimated $2 million of free copies (according to Robert McLaws) can’t be given to everybody. Still, there should be some sort of threshold; I went through all the testing scenarios, and submitted at least ten bugs, all because I wanted the damn things fixed. There’s no way I’m the only one.

November 19th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Windows, Vista | 6 comments
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  1. Your feeds are busted for this website and do not work. Your contact button for this website does not work. Leaving a comment is the only way to get your attention.

    Comment by Ohadi Langis | 11/19/2006

  2. We moved to a new host last week, and with it came a lot of bugs. Thanks for pointing those out. Contact button is now fixed. The RSS feeds are now:

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 11/19/2006

  3. Why would someone choose Business over Ultimate? I thought Ultimate was a complete superset? If so, how would choosing Business make sense?

    Comment by Tim | 11/26/2006

  4. My apologies for the duplicate, if this appears twice - while submitting it, I received two contradictory errors.

    I though Vista Ultimate was a superset of Business. If so, why would you choose Business over Ultimate?

    Comment by Tim | 11/26/2006

  5. Actually, Vista Ultimate is a superset of both the Home and Business lines. While, on features, there is zero reason to choose Business over Ultimate, some “strictly business” users might, for some strange reason, desire the less exciting version. Alternatively, their business may require them to get specifically the Business edition for work laptops, although it is a strange business that makes employees provide their own OS, but makes requirements as to what SKU of OS it is.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 11/26/2006

  6. Oh, and Tim, if you register and log in, your comments won’t be moderated, and will be posted immediately (unless they contain links). Any computer you log in on should maintain your logged in state indefinitely.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 11/26/2006

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