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interested in testing out upcoming products?

     
8:38 am on Sep 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has a beta site [beta.microsoft.com] where you can use your Passport account to sign up to beta test programs. For example, if you wanted to try out the upcoming OneCare [webmasterworld.com] service, this would be the place to sign up.
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I can't get in. I get:

Welcome to Microsoft Beta!

If you have received an email welcoming you to a program and you have reached this screen, please wait 24 hours and try again.

If you have been issued a Guest ID by Microsoft, please enter the ID below.

Bummer. I guess you need to be invited to try the beta stuff out.

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It worked for me before. They must have begun restricting the program.
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I signed up to the beta program about a year ago. I signed in as a guest then selected areas I was interested in. It was about 6 months later that I received an email invitation to download and evaluate some software.

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You can sign up by adding the guest ID as "BetaReq" - see this page for more info: [beta.microsoft.com...]

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Ahhh youre right Scott. I knew there was an official "backdoor" I just couldn't remember exactly how I did it.

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Use Guest pass: "OneCare" to get acess to the seuvay required to be able to test one care live

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here is a more complet list of the products you can sign up for:

* Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0--MBSA20
* BizTalk Server 2006--BizTalkBetaTeam
* Business Scorecard Manager 2005--MaestroTester
* Command Shell ("Monad")--mshPDC
* Device Emulator Version 1.0--MSDEVICE
* IIS Debug Diagnostics 1.0--DebugDiag
* iSCSI Software Initiator 2.0 ("Osaka")--iSCSI
* "Longhorn" Developer Platform--longhornsurvey
* Microsoft Management Console 2.1--MMC21Guest
* MSN Friends and Family Testing Opportunity--BetaFandF
* MSN Mobile--msnmob
* MSN Remote Record Service--myshows
* Network/Connectivity Device & Driver Testing Suite--NDISTest
* Office 12--O12Guest *NEW*
* Office Communicator Web Access ("Budapest")--MOCclient
* Office Live Communications Client--LCclient
* RACF Management Agent--MABeta
* Roaming Favorites--RoamFavs
* Small Business Software--smallbizsolutions
* SQL Server 2005 ("Yukon")--sql05beta
* SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle--SSMA_test1
* System Center Data Protection Manager 2006--dpmbeta
* Systems Management Server 2003 SP2--SMSSP2Invite
* Virtual Server 2005 SP1--vssp1BetaTester
* Windows 2000 Update Rollup Package--Win2kURPTest
* Windows Driver Foundation--Guest4WDF
* Windows (Package) Installer 6.2--WinInstBeta
* Windows OneCare--OneCare
* Windows Server 2003 "R2"--wInr2nOm -or- R2B2Beta
* Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Open Evaluation Program (OEP)--WUSOEPPart
* Windows XP Media Center Edition?--MS_BetaApp

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