right here. Now however, we just received a new rumor regarding the Beta testing strategy Microsoft is currently pursuing for Windows 8. This is a RUMOR – We cannot validate the truth of the story. So, I got a communication from a source (in Microsoft) who has been right before on this site. He/She had some very interesting gossip regarding the deployment of the Windows 8 Beta. This is the gist of what he/she had to say:
- Microsoft have started thinking about the process of distributing the Beta.
- The 5000 developer approach (obviously) won’t work. You need massive testing for an effective Beta.
- Several options are being discussed regarding how to get the public to test the Metro Tablet interface.
- The least popular option is (obviously) a regular beta release and consumers would have to figure out how to test the Tablet piece themselves.
- The most popular option at this point is selling (at a steep discount) Windows 8 tablets with Beta software and (get this) allowing them to be (optionally) upgradeable upon final launch.
- Windows 8 would be able to be upgraded via internet updates (that seems hard to believe)
- The price for the hardware would be approx $250 to $300
- Unclear what the price of the software would be when it was RTM’ed (obviously).
- There are 4 partners that are being considered and – get this – Samsung was not a shoe-in.