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Windows Server "Centro" Technical Beta and Technology Adopter Program is looking for a few good testers...

Windows Server "Centro" Technical Beta and Technology Adopter Program is looking for a few good testers...

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We are looking for a few good testers (OK, lots of) to help give us feedback on Windows Server “Centro”.  If you have three 64 bit (x64) machines that you can use to test some next generation technology we’re working on then we can use your help.  I know three spare x64 servers is not a trivial request but they’re required to fully test Windows Server "Centro".  If you are already on the Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta or the Exchange Server 2007 Beta, then you are already two thirds of the way there. <g>


Technical Beta

If you are interested in joining the Windows Server "Centro" Beta please go to click on Invitations sign in with your Windows Live ID (Passport ID) and enter the following invite ID; Extr-GHBC-JCJM. You will be asked to take a short Survey. Once you complete the survey look for an email from If you don't already trust this address, please add it to your trusted email addresses.


Technology Adopter Program

If you are an IT Administrator in a Midsize Company (say one with 25 – 250 computers) and you want to eventually put Windows Server "Centro" into production (not for a while—don’t get nervous <g>) then the Technology Adopter Program (TAP) is for you!  Unlike the Technical Beta, you will get access to product support once you deploy Windows Server "Centro" in production; you will have an assigned program manager from Microsoft who will work with you to mitigate risks in deploying and maintaining Windows Server "Centro"; you will participate in weekly conference calls with the product group; and you will be invited to participate in 1-2 onsite training sessions in Redmond.  If you’re interested please email and we’ll get you the materials you need to nominate your company.


If you have any questions what so ever, please post a comment here.  For your privacy, please don’t post any information other than your name that could be used to identify you. 


I'm excited to finally be starting this next milestone in the Windows Server Centro's development.  Just today, I installed one of the builds on the three workstation-class computers in my office.  Get on the beta or join the TAP.  I want you to experience Windows Server "Centro" as well! 


  • It is strange how some things are so different and yet so similar. If I was to talk to you about a product

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