Microsoft wants you to beta test new versions of Office

Microsoft is constantly testing software internally to look for bugs and to optimize its code to make sure its platforms run on a wide range of software. On occasion, though, Microsoft turns to the outside world to obtain a wider sample pool for its products than it can achieve internally.

This time around, Microsoft is looking for beta testers to try out new versions of Office ahead of their public release. While the site might have been up for some time, it's just now getting widespread exposure.

What applications would Microsoft be looking for assistance in testing? Well, for one thing, Gemini is on the horizon that brings with it a suite of new applications for Windows that are touch friendly. This is a rather significant new build-out and could be part of the future testing program. Also, Android apps are in the pipeline too, seeing that there is a diverse set of Android tablets and phones, this could be another potential area that needs a few more eyes to beta test.

You can sign up at the source link below but there's no word on if, or when Microsoft will start testing new builds of Office. For those of you who consider yourself software enthusiasts, it never hurts to toss your name into the applicant pool if you are wanting to see new bits ahead of the rest of the Office community.

Sign Up: Microsoft Office Pre-Release Program | Via: @h0x0d

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Robert Sundström said,
New information: They are in the process of updating the site. Registration will open when they are ready.

Hardly "new," I posted the exact same thing over three hours before you did. The site itself also now notified you of this..

John Nemesh said,
Newsflash, if you have used a new version of Office in the past 5 years, you ALREADY have been "beta testing"!

like any other software package that is out there...

you guys brought the side down. seriously if you're just looking to get free software stay away. this is for people with feedback.

People didn't bring it down or anything like that. It's offline on purpose for updates. See my earlier post above.

Regarding your concern of people only applying for the free stuff, with no intention of actually helping by providing feedback, know that MS have historically been good at weeding out the freeloaders in the past and I expect them to continue.

This reminds me of those downloading fake sites that have you take a survey first before you can download something, but the survey never ends.

warwagon said,
This reminds me of those downloading fake sites that have you take a survey first before you can download something, but the survey never ends.

Sometimes they ask for CC info too. Would you give away your CC info?

From a Microsoft email I just received...

Hi Ryan, thank you for your interest in our programs! The submission site is currently being updated and we expect it to be back online soon. We are accepting applications throughout the next several weeks and hope you submit your interest later in the week.

Thanks again!

The Microsoft Office Pre-Release Programs Team
offprerp@microsoft.com
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I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.

ozyborn said,
I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.
To stay up-to-date, you just have to pay once every 3 years.

ozyborn said,
I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.

Impossible. You'll need to upgrade at some point. I doubt Office 2010 is the first version you've used.

I also hate my 'rentware' car, they make it so you have to buy new stuff now and again instead of willy wonka where stuff lasts forever!

ozyborn said,
I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.
No one is forcing you to upgrade. Just stay, no one else cares. Others who want the latest and greatest will get the latest and greatest.

ozyborn said,
I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.
I agree. Office 2010 is the best so far. 2013 was just a theme change for the sake of it.

Stock up on that physical media before it's GONE!

Dot Matrix said,

Impossible. You'll need to upgrade at some point. I doubt Office 2010 is the first version you've used.

He meant that he's bought it once, is happy with it, and there is no point of upgrading at present.

Office 2010 is pretty much perfect (IMHO) and helps bring in $$$ for a huge amount of companies worldwide every day. If these companies upgraded to Office 2013 they wouldn't all of a sudden double sales because of it (sarcastically speaking).

Office 2013 is just a theme change to me (which I'm not a fan of).

ozyborn said,
I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.

Nobody cares. You can't be talking about Office 365, as that's optional. You must therefore be talking about retail versions. So...since when has the difference between 2003 to 2007, and 2007 to 2010, and 2010 to 2013 been one year?

Studio384 said,
To stay up-to-date, you just have to pay once every 3 years.

Or six... Plenty of companies usually skip one version...

testman said,
No one is forcing you to upgrade. Just stay, no one else cares. Others who want the latest and greatest will get the latest and greatest.
On the one hand there are VERY few features that office users NEED since 2003! I could get along just fine with 2007 the solution may be to make your office portable or stick it on a vm.

ozyborn said,
I use MS Office 2010 and will not upgrade. Not needed. I bought it once. I should not have to pay for it every year. Take your "rentware" and stuff it.
Have you considered moving to open source? That said, there are still perpetual licenses for 2013 and the foreseeable future.

I've got 365 Home Premium, but I'm getting it for the total package, which now includes a borderline absurd amount of storage. I'm learning Access, which isn't included in the 2013 Teacher and Student version. I'm too happy with webmail to bother with an email client Like Outlook, but its there too.

There's pros and cons to both, but ita highly dependent on your usage.

68k said,
He meant that he's bought it once, is happy with it, and there is no point of upgrading at present.

Office 2010 is pretty much perfect (IMHO) and helps bring in $$$ for a huge amount of companies worldwide every day. If these companies upgraded to Office 2013 they wouldn't all of a sudden double sales because of it (sarcastically speaking).

Office 2013 is just a theme change to me (which I'm not a fan of).

Never said he had to constantly upgrade, but if he wants support from both vendors, and Microsoft, he'll need to eventually upgrade to a newer version, whatever that may be.

Ahh the good old beta testing days. We used to test our hearts out and getting a few perks for our efforts; and if we're lucky, getting the final version for free.

It is basically the same nowadays. you just have to pay for the beta the full price till someday it is a final version you get as an update for free :)