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April 5, 2006

Microsoft throws open the doors on Office Live beta

Posted by David Hunter at 8:16 PM ET.

Matt Rolak has the news at the The Office Live Team’s Blog:

Since we debuted our waitlist for the Microsoft Office Live Beta back in November 2005 we have had over 275,000 customers sign-up in our Beta waitlist, and we thank each and every one of them for signing up. But what we’ve heard over and over is: please don’t make me wait in a list; I want to try Office Live NOW!! So, good news to everyone who hasn’t already gotten a product key, your wait is over (maybe before it even started!)

We have dropped the requirement of a product key from our signup! The Beta is still only open to US residents for now, but ANY US resident with a valid credit card can sign up for the Beta and experience Office Live! All you need to do now is pick your product (Basics, Collaboration or Essentials) and pick your domain. So head over to now to get your Beta subscription started.

There are more details about the levels in the original Office Live announcement, but I’m a little puzzled as to who the 275,000 customers for the Office Live services beta can be unless they all want to test the collaboration offering. It would have to be a small business that doesn’t have an Internet domain, but is willing to wait until the beta starts to get one? How likely is that?

Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Office Live

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One Response to “Microsoft throws open the doors on Office Live beta”

  1. Microsoft’s Office Live to leave beta on November 15 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] We haven’t heard too much about Microsoft’s Office Live collection of online services for small businesses since the open beta started in April, but Elizabeth Montalbano reports at InfoWorld that the product launch and a new service beta are on the way: Microsoft’s Office Live service is set to go out of beta [in the USA - ed.] Nov. 15, and will eventually offer small businesses a chance to buy ads from rival Google and others, according to a Microsoft executive. [...]

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