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  Exclusive: Microsoft to Charge Mira Beta Testers
Time: 00:05 EST/05:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Robert Stein

Microsoft has sent an e-mail to beta testers Tuesday regarding the status of charging for hardware equipment which will be used for beta testing the new device. Unlike in the past where Beta Testers received free beta hardware, Microsoft has now outlined special pricing from the device manufacturer. The charges are completely unrelated to the number of beta programs the tester is currently participating in or participated in during the past. Some testers are angry because this is not a matter of "willingness to participate" but now a matter of "affordability." Included below is the full letter Microsoft sent Beta Testers confirming the upcoming charges:

"Thank you for your interest in the Microsoft “Mira” Beta Program. At this time we are still in the process of selecting our final participants. However, we would like to provide you with more information about the requirements of this program, specifically in regards to hardware purchasing. Please read the following information carefully as it pertains to your participation in this beta program.

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#26 By RMD (1866 Posts) at 3/20/2002 1:47:05 AM
#4 - Yes, I do. The services these beta testers provide is worth a LOT more than $800.

I think this is a bad choice on Microsoft's part. They have given beta testers software worth a lot more than $800 in the past, and hardware nearly as expensive (Xbox for eXample).

#27 By Byron_Hinson[AW] (2047 Posts) at 3/20/2002 2:53:30 AM
RMD - well I think that should be "Some beta testers provide a lot more than $800) certainly not all do, but if Microsoft offered it for free to some then there would be uproar.

#28 By AWBobStein (1074 Posts) at 3/20/2002 9:32:19 AM
There will be plenty of people who will gladly pay it...

#29 By Byron_Hinson[AW] (2047 Posts) at 3/20/2002 9:54:43 AM
Yeah - I've heard bob pays for it regularly, its the only way he can get IT!

#30 By Mr.Humpty (299 Posts) at 3/20/2002 11:29:33 AM
gt you make me giggle

#18 I too have been beta testing for MS for some time... this is the first beta that I WILL participate in that includes a "computer" or at least some sort of hardware. I assume that the money will pay for the hardware and not for the software. That in turn makes this stance exactly the same as all other beta tests... free software to use. If you really are "insult(ed)" by this then you need not involve yourself in the test as protest... i'm sure you will be missed.

#31 By OpenZine (49 Posts) at 3/20/2002 11:30:14 AM
I want to beta test MS software but I don't have a PC. MS should give me a PC for free.

#32 By AWBobStein (1074 Posts) at 3/20/2002 11:38:44 AM
#18 - What beta test was alababa?

#33 By CPUGuy (1772 Posts) at 3/20/2002 6:40:28 PM
#18, if something like that insults you, then you ought to take a good hard look at your life....

And oh yeah, I got my 5 licenses of XP, don't know what your problem is.

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