Where in the World Are Our Beta Testers?

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Windows Test Manager Paul Donnelly just sent the mail below to Beta testers at, and I was so fascinated with the maps he's generated representing where Windows Beta testers are located, I thought I'd share it with you:

I'm sure you've noticed people here in the newsgroups from all over the globe.  When we put this program together one of our goals is diversity that closely mirrors that of our customers as much as possible.  We've hit all our targets and have a truly global program.  I realize only a fraction of people are active in the newsgroups and you never get to interact with and learn about most testers. The below will help you get an idea of where we get feedback from and where Windows Vista is being tested.  The below represents just the Technical Beta Program and is current as of 2 weeks ago.


Interesting facts:

    • We have approximately 30,000 Vista Beta testers in this program now.
    • There are Windows Vista beta testers in 125 countries.
    • We have testers in all 50 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Guam and several other U.S. locations.
    • Exactly 50% of our testers are somewhere other than the U.S.
    • The northernmost person appears to be in Fairbanks, Alaska at 64.85 degrees N. latitude though it's a close call with a person in Iceland.
    • The southernmost person appears to be in the Kerguelen Islands at 49.56 degrees S latitude.
    • We have 1 person on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
    • We also have a person in the Tuamoto archipelago which is almost exactly half-way between South America and Australia.
    • If we had someone in the Yukon and someone in Labrador/Newfoundland we would have all Canadian provinces and territories represented.
    • In the U.S. we have testers in over 6,000 zip codes, or well over 10% of all zip codes in the U.S.


    • We do not have street address granularity in some parts of the world.  In that case pushpins appear at the postal code, city or province levels and all testers in that set will cluster at 1 pushpin.
    • There is a roughly 15% failure rate for pushpin creation due to the complexities of matching addresses globally.
    • I kept most [map images] at 1024x768 but a couple are larger for more detail.
    • I created these using Microsoft MapPoint 2006.  You can find more info here.

View of the World


North America

Canada - West

Canada - East


United States

United States - Atlantic States

United States - Midwest

United States - North Central

United States - Northeast

United States - Pacific Northwest

United States - South Central

United States - Southeast

United States - Southwest

United States - Alaska

United States - Hawaii




Benelux and Germany






Japan and Korea


Down under:


New Zealand


Other Areas:

Pacific Ocean


Central America

South America

Middle East


It's pretty cool to see that we've got so much of the world represented by our testers!

  • Thats pretty cool, and explains why all the Microsoft events here in San Diego always fill up so quickly!

  • Is it just me, or are there really so many people in the middle of the oceans testing vista? :P

  • *grins* I also know for a fact there a few dozen pins missing from PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu -- After all, who would want to mess with Vista on a small tropical Island?  :)

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  • According to the map, you do have a tester in Newfoundland and Labrador.  That big island on the right of the Canada East map is the island of Newfoundland and the tester looks to be in the capital of St. Johns.

  • Today Dugie pinged me about an interesting post on the Windows Vista Team Blog about where are our Windows...

  • If you're serious about testing Microsoft products you'll want to be in the Microsoft Connect program

  • I'm one of the testers from Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates in the east of middle east area. I happy to be on the map. :)

  • Yepp :)
    GUTS n Vamos Vista Team  and nwhite !!
    Regards from Tokyo in JAPAN :)
    m(_ _)m

  • The Microsoft Vista team proudly offers gif maps of the distribution of beta testers. The maps were created with Microsoft MapPoint 2006. Live Local anyone?

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  • If you want beta testers, just ask me. I'm from Faroe Islands, if you need that information :)
    I will do what I can to be an active tester *promise*
    But anyway it should be to late to join now

  • Hey karivika:  you can certainly join as as a tester of Windows Vista RC1; just go to this link :

  • thanks nwhite :)

  • Go Maui! There's another one on this island besides me!

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