Microsoft Seeks to TAP Elite Beta Tester Pool
As noted in a beta tester e-mail note posted on the ieXbeta Web site, Microsoft is seeking customers to join its Technology Adoption Program (TAP) beta program for its next-generation database.
But more interesting than the e-mail itself is TAP.
TAP is the granddaddy of Microsofts beta programs centered on a core group of key customers and partners who are early adopters of key Microsoft technologies.
TAP is not a replacement for Microsofts mega-beta tests (public and private) for products such as Windows, Office and Visual Studio. Instead, its more of an "elite" beta-test program.
TAP, which quietly launched in the fall of 2003, supersedes Microsofts Rapid Deployment Program (RDP), Early Adoption Program (EAP) and Joint Development Program (JDP).
TAP is reserved for a select group of customers and partners with whom Microsoft is interested in holding "an ongoing dialogue on pre-release code," according to the company.