Microsoft dishes out free copies of Office 2010 to beta testers

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it will be offering a complimentary copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 to technical beta testers.

In an email from the Office 2010 Technical Beta program team, Microsoft officials thanked participants for their involvement in the technical beta program. "As a small token of appreciation, we'd like to give you a complimentary copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010" the email read. The copy is a downloadable ISO and Microsoft has provided testers with a product key, no physical media is provided.

Microsoft Office 2010 hit RTM (release to manufacturing) on April 16, 2010. Microsoft is currently running an Office 2010 Technology Guarantee. Customers who purchase Office 2007, or a new PC with Office 2007, and activate it before September 30, 2010 will be offered a free upgrade to Office 2010. Copies will be available online, via download, at no additional cost.

The highly anticipated release of Office 2010 has been through months of beta testing since November of last year. Copies of Office 2010 went on sale earlier this week. In January Microsoft announced Office 2010 pricing. The professional edition retails for $499 boxed. Office 2010 is available in at least five different flavours, including a free version that includes Microsoft Word and Excel, but comes with limited functionality and includes advertisements. Office 2010 is also available as Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Professional and Professional Academic.

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well I haven't gotten my free copy so I emailed M$ and this is what they said:

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.

Based on my understanding, you would like to know if you can get a free Office 2010 copy if you are a beta tester. Let me assist you to get the help you need.

As a Customer Service Representative, I am here to assist you in finding the right place to get help with your questions and provide resources to resolve your concern.

I would like to inform you that we our not giving free copy of Office 2010 to those who are beta tester. Please be advised that you will receive a free upgrade to Office 2010 if you purchase and activate a qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 may be eligible to upgrade their qualifying Office 2007 product to a corresponding Office 2010 product when it is available.

For more information, please do visit this link: http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/

In addition, I want to include the eligibility requirements for Office 2010 Tech Guarantee: http://office2010.microsoft.co...rantee-faq-HA101812304.aspx

I hope the above information may help you. Should you have other concerns, please do write us back.

Thank you,

Ralph

Microsoft Customer Service Representative …. I'm a PC and I run Windows® 7

Well I was in the alpha and beta test and did not get anything. (I won't really complain since I can get it for free via my school)

I participated also in the beta-test...I did approximately 10 error feedbacks...but still didn't get any email...((

Good for those who were in Of14 beta. Thanks for the effort. Boo for MS as they burned too many in the last round. I got sware, but that was not the rule. The largess of software houses to their beta testers-people they need in order to get a new product on the market-says a greeat deal about each firm and corporate governance. Policy made at the highest levels. Those who do not treat their btesters well are fools. One for which I have tested for several years-one of the largest-values their btesters and considers their institutional knowledge critical to getting a good package RTM . Those who dont are missing the big pix! Besides, these days, al they are lossing is bandwidth as downloads rule the software world.

spalek83 said,
this should include people who worked with the starter beta.
that sh*t was annoying,

You've obviously haven't used the Click Once version. THAT WAS HELL.

Jan said,

You've obviously haven't used the Click Once version. THAT WAS HELL.


This. You couldn't even tell when it had finished downloading or installing until it would start working, in my experience.

Does anyone know who you would contact if you have no received this free promo copy? please email me if you do dustin.guspodaryk@live.ca.. I have been testing it since the very beginning under connect

What about Visio and Project technical beta testers? I don't want Office but I would like a copy of Visio for being part of its technical beta program.

Pugalenthi Iniabarathi said,
Even i was a Technical Preview Tester!! So do we get it?? plz reply for this !!!

Look into your own crystal ball.

Was a technical beta tester, but nothing yet. Hopefully they don't dish it out according to how many bug reports one gives?

But even if I don't get it, oh well. Already got a copy through Technet anyway.

Submitted lots of bugs as a regular tester, but not too fussed at not missing out. As a student, I got a copy for £40 anyway which is great value.

Although I've already found several bugs with the drawing canvas in Word that haven't been sorted out yet, which is a bit annoying.

KavazovAngel said,
One thing, I don't see the Office connect page for some reason anymore, even though I was in the Technical Preview testing...

Same here. It's gone!

KavazovAngel said,
One thing, I don't see the Office connect page for some reason anymore, even though I was in the Technical Preview testing...

I'll 3rd that, quite disapointing....

I got mine yesterday. I submitted numerous bugs and feature requests for Outlook 2010 throughout the beta.

Just to give you an idea you can't just download/use the software and get much recogniztion. You really need to work with it, find the quirky things, things you wish it had, and then submit those items to the Connect site. After you submit the items to Connect you then may have to actually work with the Office devs when they ask for your help repro'ing if it is a potential bug or providing more business use case if it is a feature request. Submitting a bug then ignoring the tester or dev who contacts you won't help.

Ohhhh man this is good Not only was I selected to be a tech tester thanks to my development background, I managed to secure the company I work for also being selected as a tech tester of the pro version (with the web apps and sharepoint etc).

Double win. Awesome. Now to wait for the emails...

Beta tester and Technical Beta tester are different things.

Anyone could download the beta version and use it, these people won't get it for free. Only official beta testers, registered on the MS Connect site, and who have filed bug reports would be getting it.

Otherwise most of Neowin would get it for free probably

BoondockSaint said,
Beta tester and Technical Beta tester are different things.

Anyone could download the beta version and use it, these people won't get it for free. Only official beta testers, registered on the MS Connect site, and who have filed bug reports would be getting it.

Otherwise most of Neowin would get it for free probably


Damn, I feel a bit ripped then. I've submitted a lot of bug reports, but only as a normal beta tester.

Thirteen said,
I was a beta tester on connect.

Both TP and Starter 10.

I was in starter... I'm assuming we're not getting anything since we were testing the "free" OEM version.

Very nice move from Microsoft. There've been discussions that MS had been quite stingy for MS Office testers - contrary to Windows testers who were receiving their free copies almost every time after the beta program finished.

I got a mail from the Office Technical Beta Program

Thank you again for being an active participant in our Office 2010 Technical Beta program. As a small token of appreciation, we'd like to give you a complimentary copy of Microsoft® Office Professional 2010.

Microsoft Office Professional 2010 includes these great applications: Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote®, Outlook®, Publisher® and Access®.

You can download your copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 here: http://www.office.com/promo

Your complimentary product key is:

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

This product key provides one activation for your downloaded copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010.

Thank you for making it great!

Sincerely,

Office 2010 Technical Beta program team

Note: We are providing a product key and downloadable software only. No physical media is provided.

snuffy said,
I got a mail from the Office Technical Beta Program

Thank you again for being an active participant in our Office 2010 Technical Beta program. As a small token of appreciation, we'd like to give you a complimentary copy of Microsoft® Office Professional 2010.

Microsoft Office Professional 2010 includes these great applications: Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote®, Outlook®, Publisher® and Access®.

You can download your copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 here: http://www.office.com/promo

Your complimentary product key is:

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

This product key provides one activation for your downloaded copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010.

Thank you for making it great!

Sincerely,

Office 2010 Technical Beta program team

Note: We are providing a product key and downloadable software only. No physical media is provided.

Did you provide a lot of feedback on connect? I think I only made a post or two on connect for the technical beta and I gave a ton of feedback during the beta.

Is there a difference between a beta tester and "technical beta" tester?
Because I've been using the beta since it launched, and all I got was an email with a "thanks" and a link to buy it

Omega192 said,
Is there a difference between a beta tester and "technical beta" tester?
Because I've been using the beta since it launched, and all I got was an email with a "thanks" and a link to buy it

Yes there is. Anyone could download the beta but technical beta testers were specially selected.

Tom W said,

Yes there is. Anyone could download the beta but technical beta testers were specially selected.

Take it that means anyone who was invited via MS connect?

Coldgunner said,

Take it that means anyone who was invited via MS connect?

I was invited for the technical preview via Connect. But before the beta released, they said the program was ending and that I was to download the betas from the public sources. So, am I eligible?

Tom W said,

Yes there is. Anyone could download the beta but technical beta testers were specially selected.

Aw, darn
What is this MS Connect and how can I join?

Mazhar said,
I was a beta tester also. I wish I get it!

Usually for those beta testing, requires that you provide feedback in the beta. So, if you are expecting something from them, make sure you actually beta-tested the product and provided at least one ounce of feedback.

Amodin said,

Usually for those beta testing, requires that you provide feedback in the beta. So, if you are expecting something from them, make sure you actually beta-tested the product and provided at least one ounce of feedback.

I provided feedback on problems loading Outlook and nothing in my inbox. People may have gripes about Symantec products but at least they recognize your bug reports and suggestions (it also took about two weeks for a rep to respond to my bug with Office, Symantec is usually within 24 hours).

Looking back in my Connect account, the Technical Preview isn't even listed in my participation list any more. That's a shame.

Amodin said,

Usually for those beta testing, requires that you provide feedback in the beta. So, if you are expecting something from them, make sure you actually beta-tested the product and provided at least one ounce of feedback.

I provided countless "Send A Smile" and "Send A Frown". And MANY "Send A Frown" mostly bugs and UI inconsistencies and suggestions.

Tanshin said,
Looking back in my Connect account, the Technical Preview isn't even listed in my participation list any more. That's a shame.

Same. It was unceremonious to say the least. I reported several cases but they were all “Yes, we know.”