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tkyoshi

Well obviously cost isn't that much of a factor.

If they were worried about money then why do Employees get to buy additional copies for like $50. They also give it away at many events.

I live in Canada so when i get the Beta Kits they have to be cleared though customs. Most of the time the Customs value put on Office is between $20-30 (e.g $20 for Software + $5 Documentation). Compare that to the Beta Wireless Router which was declared at $200 value.

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cannhawk

By the way M$ does the RTM at the microsoft redmond compound, they do not send the code to other company to made the CDs. It cost M$ very little to make them

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RadishTM

The CD's are pressed in Dublin, Ireland - Microsoft's main logistics center for manufacturing ....

Look on the box of any retail MS product - Origin = Ireland ....

Radish?

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cannhawk
The CD's are pressed in Dublin, Ireland - Microsoft's main logistics center for manufacturing ....

Look on the box of any retail MS product - Origin = Ireland ....

Radish?

Sorry that not what it said on the box I got, Mine has Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA

I look all over the box and did not see Dublin, Ireland

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RadishTM

No no, the Certificate of Authenticity sticker says where it's manufactured from, my retail OneNote 2003 box is from Ireland ....

Radish?

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bluebsh

hi radish,

Most of the american cd's are stamped in Redmond, WA... International CD's are mainly done in the other places they have, there are a few international mfg plants for MS. Most people who got the Office 2003 pro from MS for beta testers all got Mfg'ed versions from Washington state, where MSFT is located.

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bluebsh

my Citif of Aunth.. says "Made in USA" no where anything about foreign countries

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srstakey
Well obviously cost isn't that much of a factor.

If they were worried about money then why do Employees get to buy additional copies for like $50. They also give it away at many events.

I live in Canada so when i get the Beta Kits they have to be cleared though customs. Most of the time the Customs value put on Office is between $20-30 (e.g $20 for Software + $5 Documentation). Compare that to the Beta Wireless Router which was declared at $200 value.

I meant that Students and teachers is the only suite worth buying because it costs so little. I know that Microsoft has many inside deals, etc., and they should have given us a better gift, butnow that we know we aren't getting the RTM as a gift, we must buy the code if we really like it. Also, I've been thinking, all Microsoft wants to do is get people to actually test the software, not act as leechers. Unfortunately, in my case, I had not found many bugs, entering at beta 2. Well all I can say to all the testers is better luck next time. I'm just happy I can help make Microsoft's products better, and at the same time see the latest technologies for free...I am hooked on the new Outlook and FrontPage designs...

By the way, does anyone have the e-mail address of the Office Beta Team?

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Yazoo

I have just read every single post in this thread. Took me over an hour :blink: and my eyes hurt now.

I have to say it made me laugh. Soo many people saying they didn't sign up for this beta for the gifts but slag MS under the same breath for not sending them a gift. :laugh:

cannhawk made me laugh the most, for his sig and avatar, his donkey picture and lets not forget his incredible bad use of the English language. What does "..Microsoft such" mean? :laugh: All I can say is I am not really a Microsoft fanboy but they really knew what they were doing when they choose the top 60 testers.

So all those who got a gift congrats and well done, those who didn't and didn't moan, never mind.

The rest of you who moaned, well no one wants your help as its not worth the effort. cannhawk, you made yourself look like a fool through out this thread, hope your proud. Thanks for the laugh.

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KTamas
And if Office 2003 Pro is priced at about $390 a copy, then they are losing tens of thousands, if not MILLIONS of dollars. 15,000 testers you say; Let's do the math, shall we?

According to Amazon.com, the full edition of Office 2003 Pro is priced at about $390.

If all 15,000 testers would have received Office 2003 Pro:

15,000 x $390 = $5,850,000

But they only sent it to 60 testers:

60 x $390 = $23,400

Amount of money saved by sending to only 60 testers:

$5,826,600

;) :)

DAmn, M$ have Trillion Dollars, what's it is for them???

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KTamas
hmm, i'm the only tester from Bulgaria and i'm 13! anyway, how many bugs did you find?

the isn't any thaksgiving in Bulgaria, too. does s.o. know when the american testers received their gifts?

i found few bugs (~10)

and i cant gat any email from M$ about the gift...

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RadishTM

^ Guess you won't be one of the top 60 testers then :rolleyes: ....

Wait for your nice shiny radio :happy: ....

Radish?

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#Michael
DAmn, M$ have Trillion Dollars, what's it is for them???

I am pretty sure Microsoft doesn't have Trillions of dollars. According to Forbes.com, the biggest (i.e richest) company is General Electric. If you look at the list, Microsoft doesn't even make the top ten

Source: Forbes.com

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daveoc64

Just because it sells for a couple of hundred dollars it doesnt mean it would cost as much to send it to the testers. They wouldn't even need to have it in a proper box. I'm sure people would be satisfied with a paper disc sleeve.

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The CD's are pressed in Dublin, Ireland - Microsoft's main logistics center for manufacturing ....

Look on the box of any retail MS product - Origin = Ireland ....

Radish?

American CD/DVD versions of MS products are pressed in Puerto Rico. Products with a low production volume is pressed in Redmond and other US location:yes:yes:

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cannhawk

$400.00 radio not working

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Betelgeuse

Just got an email from Microsoft thanking me *again* for the work done.

"A boxed copy of Office 2003 is on it's way..." (Y) Nice.

Feel the love. :|

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cannhawk
Just got an email from Microsoft thanking me *again* for the work done.

"A boxed copy of Office 2003 is on it's way..." (Y) Nice.

Feel the love. :|

ROFL :laugh:

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Betelgeuse

Yah but all I really want is the radio dammit.. I already bought the software. Plus just for my luck, I got a boxed copy at the MS Partner Conference. :whistle:

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Liquid
Yah but all I really want is the radio dammit.. I already bought the software.

Ill take it seriously, I need office for school

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Betelgeuse

Liquid - wouldn't be a problem but for one thing, I've already activated both copies. Dammit! :|

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zabes64

I just got a crappy radio thing, no earphones or anything and the bloody thing doesn't even work... thanks to Microsoft for sending me a piece of crap, haha... hmm guess I'll have to get my software some other way!

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KTamas

Betelgeuse, if u dont want office 2003 boxed gift, just PM me, and send me as an Xmas gift.... :)

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NetGX

Yeah if nobody wants there Office 2003 i would buy it from you just PM me, It kind of sucks what microsoft did as a person who submitted only 1 bug may have submitted the bug which was the most important eveyone should be issued with the same gift or be given nothing at all.

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KTamas
Yeah if nobody wants there Office 2003 i would buy it from you just PM me, It kind of sucks what microsoft did as a person who submitted only 1 bug may have submitted the bug which was the most important eveyone should be issued with the same gift or be given nothing at all.

Totally agree...

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