Microsoft to Testers: After Vista, What Next?
Windows Vista isn't even quite out the door, but Microsoft is already soliciting testers to tell them what should be in the next versions of Windows.
However, in order to qualify to give feedback, you had to have been a registered technical beta tester, have filled out an opt-in survey near the end of the beta, and needed to have signed up by Dec. 12, according to a posting on enthusiast site ActiveWin.com. (The posting doesn't say anything about a secret handshake but that may be the final test once you've jumped all the other hurdles.)
Other testers will not be able to participate at this time in the program, which is called the Windows Early Feedback Program. "At a future date after general Windows Vista consumer availability it will be opened up to all registered Microsoft Connect users," states a quote on ActiveWin.
"All About Microsoft" blogger Mary Jo Foley (who is also a columnist for Redmond magazine) provides further Information here.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.