Microsoft: Pay Us To QA Our Free Buggy Software
from the that's-some-scam dept
We’ve certainly heard of invites to “exclusive” beta tests like Gmail, Orkut or WordPress.com showing up on eBay, but almost all of those were cases where individuals who had received them were then turning around and auctioning them off because there was a lot of demand to get into the community. Having a company auction them off themselves begins to get a bit tricky. Microsoft is now trying to convince people to buy the ability to beta test their latest instant messaging software. This raises a few questions. First: who are these people they’re getting people to pay them to test out and give feedback on “free” software that they clearly believe isn’t ready for primetime? It would appear that they’re basically getting people to pay Microsoft to QA its free software. Of course, that’s Microsoft’s right, and if they can convince people to do it, more power to the folks at Microsoft. However, it might make some wonder what kind of people you’ve attracted to your “beta” test. Update: As someone points out in the comments, it appears that the article we linked to at PC World may have gotten the story wrong. It may not actually be Microsoft auctioning these off, though they are promoting that the invites are for sale.