Just how many beta testing program that Microsoft intends to run before Microsoft Office 2010 is finally ready to RTM and release to general availability? Other than usual Office 2010 Beta Technical Preview for general public and Office 2010 Technical Beta at Connect for IT professionals, Microsoft is also running Office 2010 Real Life Stories Program, which targeted at families, students and small businesses that uses not more than 5 computers.
Home users, especially family with kids under 18 years of age, college students, and small or home-based businesses that own between 1 to 5 PCs from United States (and USA only) are eligible to apply for Office 2010 Real Life Stories Program. Applicants may or may not a current Office productivity suite or service users. However, selected applications must prepared to be used as a ‘marketing tool’ by Microsoft, where participants must share his or her experience using Office 2010 through marketing and public relations efforts, which can be case studies, videos, press reference and testimonials about the software. In addition, participants are to use the ‘on-loan’ notebook and Office 2010 for daily business and personal tasks on regular basis, beside participate in trainings, surveys and calls for minimum duration of 6 months.
The benefits that the selected participants in Microsoft Office 2010 Real Life Stories Program will receive:
* Microsoft Office 2010 pre-installed on a “loaner” laptop PC – before it ships!
* 24-hour unlimited e-mail support Monday – Friday, with phone support for escalations.
* Monthly webcast training and Q&A sessions.
* Community site access, so you can connect with other participants and easily use resources like feature videos and announcements.
* FREE copy of Microsoft Office 2010 (when available).
To join Microsoft Office 2010 Real Life Stories Program, fill out and submit the application form at https://connect.microsoft.com/officecustomerstories
before June 30, 2009.