According to Microsoft "this is the first time Microsoft has charged for an Office beta, and it's not something that is planned for on a repeat basis."
The company claims to be contempt with the public's reaction concerning the 2007 Microsoft Office, explaining that over 3 million persons are already using beta, released in May.
"Having exceeded our beta 2 participation goals by 500 percent, we have had to make the business decision to implement a cost recovery measure for future downloads of beta 2 beginning 2 August, 2006," it was added.
As a relief to users that are currently using the Office Beta 2, Microsoft is still offering the updates and technical refresh for free.
Ones interested in testing Office Beta 2's compatibility must choose from ordering a CD or downloading.
Microsoft Office Beta 2 can taken for a spin ("test-drive" as Gates' people say on Office's website) from Microsoft's homepage, which would allow you to experience the new MS Office user interface, as well as other features that Microsoft Office 2007 promises, like improved organizational effectiveness (thank to the all-new SharePoint Server 2007), and advanced collaboration options.
Microsoft Office will come in an expected price-range of $150-$600:
Microsoft Office Home and Student $149
Microsoft Office Standard 2007 $399
Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 $449
Microsoft Office Professional 2007 $499
Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 $679
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