Microsoft has come up with a plan to generate revenue from its Office 2007 beta software.

The company plans to start charging US$1.50 for users to download the beta version of the popular software in a move, it says, to offset bandwidth costs for the downloads.

“Having exceeded our beta 2 participation goals by 500 per cent, we have had to make the business decision to implement a cost recovery measure for future downloads of beta 2 beginning August 2, 2006”, a company spokesperson said to

The fee won’t apply to beta testers who have already downloaded the previous version; nor will it apply to users trying out the hosted version online.

It’s mainly aimed at enterprise users trying it out for compatibility for their systems.

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