Microsoft to Start Charging for Office 2007 Beta 2

By Mary Jo  |  Posted 2006-07-28

The tester count for Office 2007 Beta 2 is now at more than three million. Given "how dramatically the beta 2 downloads have exceeded (Microsoft's) goals," the company has decided to start charging $1.50 per download for Office Server 2007 to help the company recover costs, officials said on July 28. Microsoft will continue to make the online test-drive version of Office 2007 Beta 2 available for free. No word on whether Microsoft is planning to charge for the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh, which is expected to go out in the next few weeks.

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