Microsoft Will Charge for Office 2k7 Beta
Never thought I'd see the day that a company would charge for a beta, but here we are.
Microsoft announced that they will put a $1.50US charge on Beta2 of the Office 2007 suite, starting Wednesday at 18:00 (PDT)! I am currently downloading it, because I plan to test it this week.
"Since the end of May, Beta 2 has been downloaded more than 3 million times. That's 500 percent more than what was expected," the representative said. "The fee helps offset the cost of downloading from the servers."
I'm not too sure what COST they are incurring, unless Microsoft has a Bandwidth limit imposed upon them (and this, I highly doubt). This is Microsoft being Microsoft. If they can capitalize, EVEN A LITTLE, they will.
So for now, get it while you can, if you're interested in that sort of thing.
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