PDC attendees got the Windows 7 pre-beta build, and MDC attendees will be getting Windows 7 Beta 1, but what about other Microsoft enthusiasts? Well, Redmond is planning a public beta in early 2009, but beta testers will likely get their hands on a Beta 1 before the public beta (rumor has it that January 5 is the day). This week, Microsoft has started sending out invitations to potential testers who would like to join the "Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 beta program" (I've included an excerpt of the e-mail sent out to testers at the bottom).
After explaining that only those willing to file bug reports and participate should accept the invitation, the e-mail notes that the microsoft.beta.win7.lobby was opened up early in order for testers to "begin renewing acquaintances with previous participants as well as meeting new testing peers." Redmond also asks testers to complete three surveys and notes that every tester who completes them prior to January 1, 2009 will be put into a drawing for "some Windows 7 logo'ed toys" (five winners). I encourage you to read over the information below as it clearly answers questions many have been asking me and other Microsoft bloggers.
What you will get if you choose to participate...
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